Barrel Organ is a UK-based touring company formed in the West Midlands that works collaboratively and collectively to create politically engaged theatre. We are proud to be associate artists at Camden People’s Theatre.
Our style is inherently, self-consciously theatrical. We draw attention to the context of ‘theatre’ and highlight the audience's relationship to their surroundings. We create pieces which engage with the audience and ask them to interrogate various aspects of twenty-first century culture. Though stylistically minimal our theatre never underestimates the audience’s intelligence.
The company’s first show, ‘Nothing’, was created in 2013 at Warwick University and went on to perform at NSDF 2014, Summerhall at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 before touring nationally to venues including Warwick Arts Centre; Lyric Hammersmith; Camden People’s Theatre; the HUB, Leeds; Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
‘Some People Talk About Violence’ premiered at Summerhall Old Lab, Edinburgh in 2015 before playing for two weeks at Camden People’s Theatre the following winter. The show was then invited to perform at PULSE Festival, Ipswich earlier this year and will tour nationally in Autumn 2016.
Alongside their productions for performance Barrel Organ curate ‘LIVE’, a scratch night for new and experimental work as well as running a programme of workshops and educational support.