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Interview – Giles King

Interview with performer Giles King, a long standing member of the Kneehigh Family who has performed with us over many years. His most recent shows include 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

Video by Brett Harvey, 2015.

Patrycja Kujawska

Patrycja is a polish musician, dancer and actress who’s been a part of the Kneehigh family for over 7 years. Her first performance with us was in Don John and she’s since gone on to play parts such as Yseult in Tristan & Yseult and The Girl in The Red Shoes.

 

Biography

Patrycja studied violin at the Academy of Music in Poland. Before moving to UK she worked extensively with physical theatre company Dada von Bzdulow, City Theatre in Gdynia, and Non-Cabaret at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre.

She also danced in shows choreographed by Tatiana Baganova and Avi Kaiser.

Patrycja wrote music for dance solo Face, a short animated film and Soundtrack for the Sculptures inspired by work of sculptor Sabrina Gruss; and co-composed music for Vincent Dance Theatre’s Test Run and Motherland.

From 2008 she has worked with Kneehigh, shows include: Tristan & Yseult (UK and US Tours); Don John (co-production with RSC); Midnight’s Pumpkin, the critically acclaimed The Red Shoes, and The Wild Bride which toured USA (New York, San Francisco), Australia and New Zealand.

For Vincent Dance Theatre Patrycja has made and toured: Drop Dead Gorgeous (2001); Let The Mountains Lead You To Love (2003); Punch Drunk (2004); Broken Chords (2005); Fairy ?Tale (2006); Test Run (2006, 2008); If We Go On (2009) and Motherland (2012).

(September 2015).

What We Do – Cultural Tourism

Interview with Mike Shepherd, Paul Crewes, Emma Rice about Cornwall, cultural tourism and why we do what we do.

Video by Brett Harvey.

Co-production

An interview with Paul Crewes, Chief Executive of Kneehigh, and Deborah Aydon, Executive Director of Liverpool’s Everyman + Playhouse. Paul and Deborah talk about how and why we co-produce shows, specifically talking about Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

Video by Brett Harvey.

Mike Shepherd

Mike Shepherd started Kneehigh in 1980 and has worked almost exclusively for the company ever since. Mike is an actor, director and teacher and has an ongoing preoccupation with the conditions of creativity. He is currently joint artistic director with Emma Rice.

As well as touring the world as a Kneehigh actor, Mike runs the Connections programme with Anna Maria Murphy, “engaging creatively with communities through event and adventure ”, and is a pioneer of Kneehigh’s transformable and transportable venue, the Asylum.

Recent shows as an actor include: The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, The Red Shoes, Tristan and Yseult, Cymbeline, A Matter of Life and Death, Don John, Midnight’s Pumpkin, Steptoe and Son, 946 and the motion picture Anna Karenina.

As a director: Hansel and Gretel, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (puppet version with Little Angel Theatre), and The Kneehigh Rambles (co-directed with Emma Rice). Mike is developed a new version of The Beggar’s Opera in 2014, called Dead Dog In A Suitcase (and other love songs) with composer and conductor, Charles Hazlewood, and Kneehigh stalwart, Carl Grose.

Umbrellas of Cherbourg – ‘Di Gue Ding Ding’ with Liza Minelli

Meow Meow, as the Maitresse, gives special guest Liza Minelli a lesson in the ‘Di Gue Ding Ding’, on set of the show The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Footage from the Gielgud Theatre, London, 2011.

Michel Legrand and Meow Meow – ‘Sans Toi’

Composer Michel Legrand accompanies Meow Meow, who played Maitresse. They perform the torch song “Sans Toi” from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

‘Sans Toi’ – Music by Michel Legrand, Lyrics by Agnes Varda. Origianlly from the Agnes Varda motion picture ‘Cleo de 5 a 7’.