An interactive performance exploring the personal and political legacy of Margaret Thatcher. The audience are invited to Mrs. Thatcher’s very own traditional English tea party. With lip-sync, clown, and verbatim theatre the audience are encouraged to bring their anger or admiration in the comforts of cake and cucumber sandwiches.
Created and performed by Jack, who grew up in Thatcher's former constituency, Thatcher-Rite puts the personal and political side by side. Her mark on the cultural, social and political notions of Englishness begs the question, “Has Mrs. Thatcher truly left us?"
Directed by Lila Robirosa
Costume Design by Corinna Francavilla
Sound Design by Damian Pace
Produced by Mia Young
Marketing by Chama Aimable-Kapumpa
Touring to Nottingham, Lincoln, Sheffield and London. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Made with the support from artsdepot, Raze Collective, Something To Aim For and HighRise Theatre.
At Lincoln Arts Centre on Friday 8th March 2024. Get ticket here.
At artsdepot on Thursday 18th April 2024. Get tickets here.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ North West End
"I was overcome with conflicting emotions for about an hour as I considered the absurdity of political performativity... The performance combined multimedia with the public’s involvement in an exceptionally clever way."
★ ★ ★ ★ One Show More
"A perfect way to start a conversation and to reflect on what you stand for and what kind of community you would like to be part of."
Photo by Imogen Cleverley.
The Children are Leaving
An equally surreal & sincere whirlwind exploring the desire and tensions of wanting to have a family on a dying planet. Through clown and puppetry, Jack Boal and Robyn Olivia present a raucous variety of scenes through humour and a sprinkle of puppets thrown in for good measure.
From personal testimonials to a reimagining of the Teletubbies, this contemporary performance cabaret tackles the tensions of ensuring all kinds of families can flourish on planet Earth.
Performed at Stanley Arts Centre as part of Drunken Chorus' A Bit of a Do Festival in October 2023.
First developed as part of Camden People's Theatre's annual artist development programme, Starting Blocks.
Photo by Paul Fuller.
idiots. gay idiots.
A vaudevillian cabaret night where funny gay idiots are funny, gay and idiotic. Platforming the best new and established alternative comedy performance. Expect drag, clowns, comedians & straight-up tomfoolery.
"For fans of comedy or performance art who’d like a dip into a more alternative selection of performers, it provides an eclectic and, ultimately, entertaining evening" - The Reviews Hub
"London's best cliche-free drag nights, 2022" - Time Out
More info at gayidiots.com
Photo by James Klug.
UK New Artist Collective
Selected from a national open call, the UK New Artist Collective was a cross-disciplinary group of 17 artists, who worked collaboratively as well as individually from November 2022 to October 2023 in Lincoln; sharing work, undertaking commissions and collective activities and taking part in training, networking and mentoring.
Jack's time on the UK New Artist Collective ended with the exhibition Soft Egg, Don't Wear It - a mix of visual art, sound installation, film and live performance. It is a culmination of the artists' time together in Mablethorpe as collaborators in June 2023. The group had an immediate personal and professional connection that led to the exhibition in Lincoln. The group was interested in the people of rural spaces and how they interact with it.
The exhibition was made by the group consisting of Jack Boal, Oliver Ventress, Johan Beavis-Berry, Emelia Kerr Beale, Ronnie Danaher and Alice Hackney.
Find out more about the the UK New Artist Collective here.
Photo by Ronnie Danaher.
by Abby Vicky-Russell
Neil is a plumber from Sheffield.
He’s been called in on short notice to fix a leak, so a contemporary dance troupe can continue performing their very important piece exploring the relationship between pomegranates and vulvas.
He can fix taps, sinks and baths with his eyes closed – but hasn’t got a spanner for what matters most.
Written and Performed by Abby Vicky-Russell
Directed by Will Armstrong
Assistant Directed by Lois Pearson
Produced by Jack Boal
Sound Design by Damian Pace
★★★★★ The Reviews Hub
"GUSH proves to be an ingenious and fresh way of approaching a vital discussion"
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ Fringe Biscuit
★★★★ Creative Reviews UK
★★★★ Lost in Theatreland
Origins Award nominee at VAULT Festival 2023.
Supported by Sheffield Theatres.
Longlisted for the BBC Popcorn Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2023.
Photo by James Klug.
NewGens & The Concrete Jungle Book
NewGens was a youth collective overseen and delivered by HighRise Theatre, with the aim to give underrepresented creatives a route into higher education and job opportunities in the arts.
The NewGens made their debut with The Concrete Jungle Book - a Hip-Hop musical retelling of the classic story.
★★★★★ - Always Time For Theatre
★★★★ - Theatre Weekly
★★★★ - North West End
★★★★ - Musical Theatre Review
★★★★ - Lost In Theatre Land
"The enthusiasm of the cast is what engages the audience with The Concrete Jungle Book, but even its youngest patrons won’t fail to pick up on the underlying themes that make this such an important piece of theatre, one which reinvents Kipling’s original in a way that Disney could never have hoped to achieve." - Theatre Weekly
Photo by Alex Brenner