Utter Thanet is a brand new project by Mischievous Theatre CIC.
Mischievous Theatre CIC, based on the Isle of Thanet, was formed in 2012 to create stimulating theatre and to encourage a greater involvement in the arts by the people of East Kent, particularly Thanet, and to tour work both nationally and internationally. As theatre makers our ambitions are to produce quality theatre that intrigues, challenges and delights; to play with form and style, to experiment, to cross arts boundaries, to surprise ourselves and our audiences, to incorporate new technologies and old ones, to make work that makes us question ourselves and the world around us, to tell stories old and stories new and to do all of this in a place where the world of the audience and the world of the performers meet.
Clive is an actor, writer and theatre maker. He set up Mischievous Theatre with Suzy Humphries and a merry band of chums in 2012. He first worked as a performer/workshop leader with Portable TheatreTouring Company in 1975. Since then he has performed the length and breadth of the UK in venues as diverse as a circus big top, various ships, an allotment, in hundreds of schools, countless village halls, a number of castles, an inflatable planetarium, parks, museums, hundreds of drama studios, and a great many theatres, small and large (50 to 3,000 seaters), various streets and even a traffic roundabout. He has worked in TV, film and radio and has performed hundreds of pieces of theatre (community, classical, tragical, comedic and downright weird).
Rachel has many hats. Whether it is event planning, creative direction, curatorial duties, production, logistics, promotional consulting or working with volunteers, her interdisciplinary practice expresses a nuanced critical voice, whilst organising vital collaborations. She is equally attuned to the needs of artist and the needs of the communities that support art- be they creative, consumer or municipal communities. Taking a curatorial approach to her work she is interested in the possibilities generated through dialogue between creative practise and location; with the development of collaborative opportunities for making and presenting work; and engaging new audiences though subversion of the familiar. Breaking down traditional elitism that threatens to devalue the arts for sizeable proportions of the population, she believes that bringing artists together with musicians and filmmakers in such settings as festivals or in support of major touring initiatives, and, combined with more regular local event programming, that such initiatives can make a huge difference in changing the way art functions in a community. She has collaborated with institutions such as Frieze, Spike Island, Chisenhale Art Place, Hayward Gallery, House of Illustration, Design Museum; produced for British Art Show, New Contemporaries; consulted for art collectives and festivals such as VENN, Blackout Arts, Soundfjord, Hide&Seek (South Bank Centre); worked with artists, writers and musicians such as Lucy Skaer & Rosalind Nashashibi, David Blandy, Sonia Boyce, Doug Fishbone, Hew Locke, Runa Islam, Martin Parr & John Shuttleworth, Paul Tickell & Ian Sinclair, Gaye Bykers on Acid (Virgin), Damien Roach (WARP), John Wall (Utterpsalm), Steve Beresford (Frank Chickens), David Toop (Flying Lizards), Matthew Herbert (Accidental Records). She devised and produced her own night, Unmeasured Music; was Creative Director of I/O (Input/Output), Hong Kong; and has worked in UK, New York and Beijing. Recent collaborations include Whitstable Biennale, Margate Festival, Contra Pop (Extra-Normal Records), Resort Studios- Margate, POW!, The Oram Awards, and Utter Thanet. Rachel’s favourite hat is the Bowler.
Megan Garrett-Jones is a performance-maker and researcher with ten years experience working as an artistin Sydney, London and Ramsgate. She is an associate artist with Looping the Loop Festival with whom she has presented work at Scratch About and Art Bop. Megan currently works with Gulbenkian Youth Theatre and is undertaking a learning traineeship with Turner Contemporary. Her work playfully engages with diverse publics, exploring materials and places from a theatrical sensibility. She has a Masters in Performance and Creative Research from the University of Roehampton and a BA from the School of Music and Drama at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and was recently a recipient of an Arts Council England International Development Fund grant.