Flibbertigibbet aims to produce visual and physical theatre that will delight, entertain and provoke audiences.
The company believes wholly in the concept of “Play” to put on a play. Each project will be given a unique flavour, shaped by the collaboration of exciting performer/creators cross art forms. We will explore different theatre forms to find new ways to tell old stories or old ways to tell new stories… but all distinctly “Flibbertigibbet”.
The word Flibbertigibbet is often associated with flighty, gossipy, (usually) women. It is something or someone of no consequence; it could be the imitation of the sound of idle prattle. I love that the great Jonathan Miller OBE; was described as entering “the footling flibbertigibbet world of theatre”!
However, the word also has darker connotations; being a name for an imp or demon. It is used in Shakespeare’s King Lear, one of the “Five fiends that have been in poor Tom at once…” (Act 4 Sc.1). Flibbertigibbet seems to be the demon of grimacing and gurning; “…This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet: …he gives the web and the pin, squinies the eye and makes the harelip; mildews the white wheat and hurts the poor creature of earth.”(Act 3 Sc. 4)
The roots of the word could be derived from “Fly by the Gibbet”, where the hung were left to rot, swinging in the breeze and pecked at by crows.
Flibbertigibbet’s work will not shy away from darker themes and will play with light and shade. The company’s work is influenced by comedy, clown and a disarming lightness of touch.
But…it’s also just a lovely word and feels fun to say; try it!
Stevie Thompson (Director)
Stevie originally trained in dance at the Laban Centre, before gaining a first class degree in Performing Arts from The University of Northumbria. She subsequently trained in Commedia Dell’Arte with the Maestro Antonio Fava in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As a performer, Stevie has worked with companies such as The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic, Dreadnought Southwest, Wildworks, Travelling Light, Platform 4, Commedia Project and Kaos Theatre. She has performed in theatres, schools, streets, fields and festivals. As a puppeteer, she has performed in the popular Charlie and Lola’s Bestest Best Play for Polka Theatre and Watershed at the Sydney Opera House and Genesis for CTC Theatre.
Stevie regularly collaborates with other companies’ devising new work. She has assisted in developing shows with Travelling Light, Limbik, Shanty Theatre, Angel Exit, The Playground, Kenny Wax Productions, Action Transport and Jane Eyre at the Bristol Old Vic (currently playing at the National Theatre) . She has directed a number of projects, including Mickey and The Emperor (North East tour), The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat for The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co and Jack and The Beanstalk for Theatr Button.
As an experienced facilitator, Stevie regularly runs workshops in physical theatre, mask, commedia dell’arte and devising for groups of all ages – from colleges to nurseries. For further information about workshops, please get in touch!
Flibbertigibbet will collaborate with a team of outstanding creators and performers for each project.
Collaborators for Babble:
Pete Judge (Composer)
Pete Judge is a musician and composer, based in Bristol UK. He plays trumpet with Get The Blessing (BBC Jazz Award winners 2008), and is multi-instrumentalist with acoustic trio Three Cane Whale (whose debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk albums), and also plays with ambient-jazz duo Eyebrow. Tours and session work include: Super Furry Animals, Noel Gallagher (on BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland), Jim Moray, John Parish, Marc Gauvin, Papa Noel & Asere, Amanda Kramer (from The Psychedelic Furs), and many others. He can be heard on films including Nic Roeg’s Sound On Film, Austin Chick’s XX/XY, and Aardman’s The Pirates!, and makes a very brief appearance in Joe Wright’s recent film adaptation of Anna Karenina. He has performed with Kneehigh Theatre Company in three shows (Cymbeline, A Matter Of Life & Death, and Brief Encounter), and was composer/MD for three shows by Travelling Light Theatre Company (Shadow Play, Home, and How Cold My Toes) and for Tobacco Factory Theatre’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. He has also composed music for film & live ensemble projects for Shetland Arts Trust, Portland Royal Manor Theatre, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Bristol’s Brunel 200 (the Triangulation project), Aberystwyth Silver Band, Dorset’s b-side multi-media festival, and Taikabox dance company.
Nick Janaway (Sound Artist) https://nickjanaway.com
Gwendolyn Scott (actor) Theatre maker, director, actor, puppeteer, musician and circus performer. After a decade of sound designing for theatre she trained at L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier and has been collaborating in theatre projects ever since. Directing credits include Circus Cimera, Laura Mugridge and Likely Story and she has performed with Ramshacklicious, No Fit State Circus and Soap Soup Theatre Companies amongst others. Gwen also hosts ‘Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games’ – a theatrical monthly game show for families in Bristol and tours with her own street theatre show ‘Bampot’.
Chris Menes (Sound) www.chrismenes.com
Katie Sykes (Designer) https://katiesykes-setandcostumedesign.squarespace.com
Mike Akers (Dramaturge) www.mikeakers.co.uk
Collaborators for adaptation of Ballet Cat by Fiona Ross:
Ella Mesma (Dancer / Choreographer) www.ellamesma.co.uk
Wilkie Branson (Choreography) www.wilkiebranson.net
Sam Amos (Dancer) trashdollys.com
Natasha Gooden (Dancer)
Dan Canham (Dancer) www.stillhouse.co.uk
Bronya Deutsch (Performer)
James Gow (Performer / Musician)
Matt Mulligan (Performer)
Tom Power (Performer)
Lucy Tuck (Performer)
Collaborators for Hah! – adventures in language and sound:
Pete Judge (Composer)
Tom Power (Designer)
Tom is a trained performer with years of experience working in visual and physical theatre. His movement in to design for theatre has resulted in powerful work for new theatre and film projects.
“Designer Tom Power creates a simple but wonderfully effective setting for Grace. Her kitchen floor slides all the way up to the ceiling, wrapping her up, enclosing her in her own mind. Beyond the flooring is a film projection of the black and white street. The effect is a girl in a box in a box, with constant playing radio-background music as the bow on top.” Review Theatre Bubble – Four Days Of Grace, New Diorama Theatre
“I like to work collaboratively with the creative team, becoming part of the company and offering work which is practical and exciting. I find that abstracting the natural provides a useful jumping off point for performers, directors and audience, I dislike the extraneous, and believe that every item present in the set must have purpose. I like to think of my design as another character in the play.”
Tasha (Speech and Language)
Tasha is an Early Years Speech and Language Therapist with seven years of practical experience, mainly in the NHS. She has worked in a range of settings including schools, nurseries, children’s centres and health centres. Her specialism is working with parents and carers to nurture and develop children’s early communication. Creating the best foundations helps children in learning to read and write. For more information : www.talkwithtasha.com
Patrycja Kujawska (Performer)
Patrycja studied at Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland, graduating in violin. Before moving to UK in 2005 she worked extensively with physical theatre Dada von Bzdulow, City Theatre in Gdynia, Non-Cabaret in Baltic Sea Cultural Centre. She danced in shows choreographed by Tatiana Baganova and Avi Kaiser.
Patrycja wrote music for short animation film, a dance piece “Face”, “Soundtrack for the sculptures “inspired by work of French sculptor Sabrina Gruss, as well as co composed music for VDT’s “Test Run” and “Motherland”. From 2008 she has worked with Kneehigh. Shows include “Don John” (co-production with RSC), “Midnight’s Pumpkin” as well as critically acclaimed “The Red Shoes”, and “The Wild Bride” which toured USA (New York, San Francisco), Australia and New Zealand, “Tristan and Yseult” (UK tour, San Francisco), “Dead Dog in a suitcase, and other love songs”, and “946”.
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), “Motherland” (2012) and “Underworld” (2015).
Lucia Mazarrasa Llosa (Performer)
Lucia trained as an actress, writer and director. She graduated from the Royal School of Drama in Madrid in 2001 and completed further two year training at International School École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. She studied Commedia dell’Arte at the International School of Antonio Fava in Italy.
She worked as an actress for Théâtre Sans Frontiérès in “Les Trois Mousquetaires” 2009 touring in UK. In Spain she co-founded Mimox Teatro and Farsantes Teatro touring in Spain and participating in Theatre Festivals for Young Audiences including FETEN and TEVEO in Spain and Filufilesse in Italy. She has devised new theatre in EEUU and EU, most recently in U.K, with the play “Abracadaver” with Untold Theatre, which was supported by the British and Spanish Arts Council participating in festivals such as La Mostra, Barcelona.
As a teacher and facilitator she assisted Antonio Fava, master of Commedia dell’Arte, leading classes in New York University in 2002. Between 2012 and 2014 she has led theatre workshops with people with special needs in Madrid, for the festival “Madrid, un libro abierto” and regularly teaches children theatre and languages in the UK and Spain.
Vini Carvalho (Performer)
Vini is a performer, movement teacher and artistic director of Fool’s Cap Theatre. Graduated in Performing Arts from State University of Campinas in Brazil, moved to London in 2010 to train Corporeal Mime at the International School of Corporeal Mime. He has studied Masks with Alice K and Tiche Vianna; and Clowning with Leris Colombaione and Roberto Mallet. He has performed in a number of physical theatre companies, such as ZeroZero Cia and Theatre de l’Ange Fou, performing in Europe and USA. Vini has been teaching Mime and Physical Theatre for the past nine years and he is currently working and living in London.
Theatre credits include: “Quotations from Shakespeare on Parallel Lines” (Ar-
cola Theatre, London), “The Unparalleled Adventure of one Hans Pfaall” (Pleasance Theatre, The Space, London), “Waiting for Ulysses” and “A Promethean Dream” (Theatre de l’Ange Fou, Wisconsin USA), “O Caderno da Morte” (SESI/SP Sao Paulo), “Morte e Vida Severina” (TUSP, Sao Paulo).
Show reel: https://youtu.be/8S4XcsH3KnQ