Knaïve Theatre exists to connect, challenge and empower our audiences.
We make theatre across a range of styles and genres.
We are primarily interested in political & immersive theatre and the community around us.
We experiment to find new ways of affecting, transporting and transforming ourselves and our audience.
We believe that live theatre and the discussion it provokes is an essential component of democratic society.
Our first production, Bin Laden: The One Man Show, has received seven awards and toured the UK, USA and Australia. It has won awards in every country it has played and includes a post-show debate after every performance.
Our second major production was an adaptation of Karel Čapek’s science fiction classic War With The Newts. This saw 86 performances throughout the UK including Summerhall (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Royal Exchange and a three week London run. War with the Newts received the Lustrum Award for Outstanding Theatre.
We continue to work across many styles and genres experimenting with new material and forms with which to explore ideas. Smaller scale projects include: Pain, the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic was education work with the Wellcome Trust for adults with Chronic Pain in collaboration with Manchester University; Antarctica is an interactive work for schools about climate change with Manchester Camerata funded by The UK Antarctic Heritage trust; Powerhouse and Dreamspeaker are experiments in immersive, interactive gameplay theatre with The Royal Exchange and various festivals; and explorations of future technology with academics from University of Leeds funded by the DARE foundation. In addition we have collaborated with Impermanence Dance Theatre on their dance adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal (Bristol Old Vic).
TYRRELL JONES is Co-Artistic Director of Knaïve Theatre, he creates contemporary political theatre and work which provokes discussion and debate. With Knaїve Theatre Tyrrell Jones adapted and directed Karel Čapek’s War with the Newts for national touring throughout 2018. He directed and co-wrote Knaїve Theatre’s multi award winning Bin Laden: The One Man Show (extensive international touring) as well as Knaїve Theatre’s other pieces to date. Upcoming projects include directing the world premier of the opera of Edward Bond’s Early Morning composed by Laura Bowler and directing Antarctica a small-scale touring piece for children about global warming in collaboration with Manchester Camerata. He also directed and adapted Impermanence Dance Theatre’s Baal (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester & Bristol Old Vic). He trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck in 2015 after receiving his MA in Politics at Cambridge University.
SAM REDWAY is a Manchester based actor, theatre-maker, facilitator and co-Artistic Director of Knaïve Theatre. He trained at RADA on the MA Theatre Lab (2014). With Knaïve he performed, dramaturged and production managed for War With The Newts, wrote and performed the interactive schools project, Antarctica and co-wrote and performs Bin Laden: The One Man Show. He has directed experimental immersive physical theatre pieces, A Dead Tree Gives No Shelter (ACE Funded) and OSA. He regularly works with non-theatre communities to empower them to create their own Political Theatre and has directed a Modern Mystery Play, The Fall for Ungdomskirken, Aarhus and a large scale outdoor piece of community theatre, Macclesfield Potato Riot. He has also written a libretto, Women Conduct, for Size Zero Opera and is a regular movement consultant for Laura Bowler's New Music Theatre works, including FFF and Antarctica.
He has performed and devised with many companies nationally and internationally, including: Theatre Complicite, Theatre Ad Infititum, Familia De La Noche, Dangerous to Know, Manchester Camerata, Smoking Apples, Hiccup Theatre and Engine House Productions.