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.



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.


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.

In the Making – 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

A behind the scenes look at the rehearsals for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips during its run at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. A mix of footage from the rehearsal room and interviews with the company.

This video was created by Kaptur Films for Shakespeare’s Globe, 2016.

UK Tour Trailer – 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

The trailer created for the UK tour of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. The trailer was created using original footage from the 2015 Asylum season, inter-cut with updated clips and new tour info, including the redesigned colour scheme and logo.

Video created by Brett Harvey, 2016.

Exploring the Story – The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

An interview with Marc Antolin, Audrey Brisson, Emma Rice and Ian Ross about the creative process and story behind The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Interview recorded at Bristol Old Vic, 2016. Edited by Ploddipus.

Trailer – The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Perhaps you’ve seen them floating over a Russian village? Or perhaps you’ve seen her toppling forward, arms full of flowers, as he arches above her head and steals a kiss?

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the story of acclaimed artist Marc Chagall and his wife Bella as they navigate some of the most devastating times in history.

Trailer for the 2016 UK Tour of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic
Written by Daniel Jamieson
Directed by Emma Rice

Video by Brett Harvey.

Rehearsals for The Wild Bride

Rehearsing The Wild Bride at the Kneehigh Barns

Betrayed by her father, our heroine has those ‘cross-road’ blues. She chooses to walk into the wilderness rejecting not only the Devil, but also her home and trusting heart as well. In the wilds she meets a Prince and becomes pregnant, but when he is called to war, her heart breaks as she finds herself at those pesky cross-roads again.

In the cool green of the forest, she brings up her child, and – wonder of wonders – her broken heart grows back. Perhaps this is happily ever after, perhaps there is even more joy to come…

Charting a life from child to adult, you can expect instinctive storytelling, devilish humour and a heady mix of live blues music and devilish humour. The Wild Bride is a grown up, spring bud, dust-ball of a romance for brave children and adults alike.

Vocals by Audrey Brisson. Video by Brett Harvey.

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.