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about us

Barrel Organ is a theatre company led by collaboration. We make daring and generous work with under-represented groups and individuals from across the UK. By building meaningful relationships, we support our collaborators to shape a process that empowers everyone involved to take an imaginative leap and give voice to the stories they want to tell. 

 

Our work happens all over the UK, invoking meaningful change in the world and challenging what theatre is and can be. Liveness is at the heart of everything we do and allows us to be open and responsive to what is happening around us in the world. We believe that everybody should be afforded the opportunity to nourish their creativity and have a voice, whether they consider themselves to be an artist or not. We support this by creating a safe, generous and artistically challenging space to champion and platform our collaborators' stories.

 

We believe that creativity should be part of everyday life so we provide opportunities for people who face barriers to accessing the arts. We consider our audiences as active collaborators and want them to represent the individuals and groups we work with. Our aim is to build new artistic communities that are reflective of the country we live in. 

 

Our projects take many different forms. We have made theatre shows and films and deliver projects online and in-person. We have performed shows in theatres, car parks, beaches,  and tents

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the show is never finished

our history

Barrel Organ began as a group of 11 friends looking to make work outside of the status quo. Our first show, Nothing (text by Lulu Raczka, made by the company), was a series of monologues that focused on experiences of isolation as a young person.

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The process enabled us to develop an ensemble based practice, collaborating with multiple artists. Nothing was performed in car parks, houses and in theatre spaces and adapted in multiple mediums including film and via phone calls.

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people

ellie claughton

co-director

Ellie has a background in producing.

dan hutton

associate director

Dan has a background in directing.

ethel maqeda

trustee

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Ethel has a background in writing and facilitation.

ali pidsley

co-director

Ali has a background in directing and facilitating.

gabi spiro

associate producer for LIVE

Gabi is a producer.

jack perkins

trustee

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Jack has a background in education and was a founding member of Barrel Organ.

rosie gray

co-director

Rosie has a background in performance and writing.

kate wasserberg

trustee

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Kate has a background in directing.