Our mission is to bring innovative, accessible and excellent world-class work to Cornwall, the nation and the world.
Founded in 1980 in Cornwall by Mike Shepherd, Kneehigh is now a nationally and internationally renowned, acclaimed and award-winning touring theatre company. We are a registered charity, and a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England. Most of our work begins its creation at the Kneehigh Barns in Gorran Haven in Cornwall.
We tell stories for people of all ages. We make world-class theatre. We create theatre of humanity on an epic and on a tiny scale. We engineer creative space for an ensemble and community of performers, musicians, artists and managers who are passionate about our particular multi-disciplinary creative process. We push the boundaries of art and business, striving to surprise and challenge ourselves, and our audiences alike.
Kneehigh is more than just a touring theatre company.
As we look forward to our fortieth year, the company has developed four strands of work:
On Tour: The company continues to make work for touring in the UK and internationally. Recently this has included UK tours of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk with additional dates in the US, a revival of Tristan & Yseult, a large scale tour of a brand new show The Tin Drum, and the creation of two new productions, Kneehigh’s UBU! and The Dancing Frog. This year we are touring Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) in the UK.
The Asylum is an audacious, beautiful and flexible structure, designed for Kneehigh, to be a home to both make and present our work. We have now completed seven seasons in Cornwall and are currently planning our 2019 season. The venue has proved to be an amazing and inspiring space to show our work. We intend to continue to reinvent the way we present work and are always looking to surprise, delight and challenge our audience.
Our Rambles programme engages with communities through event and adventure. Through our Walk With Me project we collected, interpreted and animated stories from across Cornwall and we have completed residencies in Liverpool and Leeds. From 2019 we will be working with communities in the St Austell Bay area of Cornwall.
Through the Kitchen and Cookbook we aim to provide access to and more information about the processes we use to make our work. Through this strand we run workshops, train apprentices and digitally publish images, videos and text. We have recently been awarded a major grant through the Coastal Communities Fund to develop the Kitchen and Rambles strands of our work in Cornwall.