greenhouse, the three year initiative to encourage new relationships between theatre makers, audiences and venues in the house network, has announced the recipients of its first two producer fellowships: Jolie Booth and Natalie Querol.
The producer fellowships are a continuation of greenhouse’s work to bridge the gap between theatre makers and venues. This has included seed funding new partnerships between artists, venues and local communities, with projects engaging boxers, Quakers, young people, old people, well-being groups and a roller derby team. greenhouse also hosts Pitch Up, a forum for theatre-makers, producers and venues to share ambitions and forge new partnerships.
Independent producers are frequently the catalytic element in the alchemy of theatre making but few programmes exist to support their development. By offering producers the breathing space to consider the opportunities in regional venues, the greenhouse fellowships aim to support producers to step back from the cycles of project funding to explore an area of their work in greater depth. In turn they offer regional venues the additional capacity and entrepreneurialism to support a step change in how they work with theatre makers and audiences, helping to reinvigorate their sense of artistic purpose.
Jolie Booth, independent producer and director of Kriya Arts, recently behind the celebrated Backstage in Biscuit Land by Touretteshero, will be working with Harlow Playhouse and Hertford Theatre to support a step change in their approach to diversity and access. From establishing best practice to developing innovative audience development tools and rolling out relaxed and Extra-Live performances, the 12-month project aims to establish a West Essex/East Hertfordshire hub and to share learning with other small to mid-scale venues.
Announcing the two producer fellowships, greenhouse project manager Richard Kingdom said, “greenhouse has invested seed funding in a number of companies over the past year and it’s exciting to be extending our support to independent producers. Given the key role that these individuals play within our theatre ecology – and you couldn’t hope for better examples of this than Jolie and Natalie – we’ve no doubt that these fellowships will have a significant impact on the venues that are hosting them, the artists they engage and the audiences they reach.”
Upon discovering a long-forgotten flat above the shops of Brighton clock tower, a bunch of semi-hip young squatters find a once hip woman's long-forgotten possessions - including a box of diaries and letters addressed to various Brighton locations.
In a tale of LSD, mortality, choices and enlightenment, we'll embark on a journey to discover how one might avoid dying alone. And losing one's hip bone in the process.
This one woman show by Jolie Booth is a work in progress. Feedback most welcome.
> 23-27 Aug 2016 @ 4.30pm
> ZOO (Venue 124)
> Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Credits: Brian Lobel, Emma Kilbey, Jess Mabel Jones, Max Barton and John Hinton.
Tangram makes shows that are joyous, exciting and surprising to watch. We pride ourselves on creating work that is life affirming, moving and generous. We make work that is messy, chaotic, full of mistakes, silly and fun. We have important things to say about the world we live in.
Produced by Kriya Arts since January 2013, together they have been creating a new "Scientrilogy" that covers the areas of Biology, Physics and Chemistry, by exploring the lives of leading figures in these fields through the genre of musical comedy. Starting with award nominated international sell out show exploring the life and work of Darwin entitled The origin of species by means of natural selection or the survival of (r)evolutionary theories in the face of scientific ecclesiastical objections: being a musical comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882), the company then went on to make the award winning (Off West End Award 2015) international sell out show about Einstein entitled Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking. This production did so well we were encouraged to develop a second "Junior Edition" of the production aimed at younger audiences and this edition of the show went on to win the Latest Best Children's Event at the Brighton Fringe 2014 Award. We are now working on the third play in the series, which will be exploring the life of Marie Curie entitled The Element in the Room: The Death and Life of Marie Curie, still performed by the writer and fabulous actor John Hinton, previewing at the Brighton Fringe Festival this May and premiering at the Pleasance Courtyard in the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
What Tangram Theatre Company says about working with Kriya Arts:
"You're a superstar!"
Reviews for Tangram Theatre:
“The clearest - and certainly the funniest - explanation of the Theory of Relativity I know." - JOHN LLOYD (Creator of QI)
"Here's a treasure... handled with something close to brilliance... This one's a winner." - The Times
"Hinton expertly makes the most complicated of concepts easily intelligible... comes strongly recommended." - The British Theatre Guide
"Hinton comes across as every student's dream teacher... It is surprisingly effective...He is strong of voice, corny of accent and lithe of body. It's all lots of clever fun." - The Barefoot Review (Adelaide)
"If you think science is boring, think again, think Hinton... Not only accessible to all but cleverly informative, funny and entertaining." - The Public Reviews
"No shortage of comic presence." - The Scotsman
"This show will get anyone interested in science." - The Big Issue
"It's Atomic! Tickets may go at the speed of light." - Broadway Baby
"Humor and enlightenment... Great fun!" - ONE4REVIEW
Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that makes her say 'biscuit' 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life; one she's about to unleash on the world. This two-woman solo show weaves comedy, puppetry, singing, and incredible tics to explore spontaneity, creativity, disability, and things you never knew would make you laugh. Geranium bashing and penguin gangbangs may or may not feature - no two shows can ever be the same. Jess is neurologically incapable of staying on script, and that's when the fun begins.
Kriya Arts became involved in developing Backstage in Biscuit Land at the earliest stages and helped support with the rest of the Touretteshero team with developing the show. It premiered at the Pleasance Courtyard in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014. The show was a sell out smash hit, listed as one of Lyn Gardner's "Edinburgh Shows to Die For" & securing the "Best Emerging Artist" Total Theatre Award. The show's impact went well beyond awards and acclaim though, setting a new benchmark in accessible theatre and inspiring others to take up the cause. At the forefront of the UK's relaxed performance movement, Jess's work led directly to artists holding their first relaxed shows including Daniel Kitson (Tree, Old Vic), Mark Thomas (Cuckooed, Tricycle), Nina Conti (Soho Theatre) and companies Tangram Theatre and London's Old Red Lion Theatre.
To read an interview with Jess Thom in The Telegraph click Here
What Touretteshero say about working with Kriya Arts
"Producer, performer, Essex girl and all round good egg. Jolie co-produced the award winning Backstage in Biscuit Land with Leftwing Idiot. She works with an portfolio of incredible companies and if you're very lucky you might catch her as a cat (dressed as a nun). "
Reviews for Backstage in Biscuit Land
‘Delightful’ - Stephen Fry
**** 'Extraordinarily entertaining... could teach a lot of other theatre a lesson or two' Guardian
***** 'Funny, moving and fascinating... a hilarious creative force' Three Weeks
**** 'Poignant and vibrantly instructive' Scotsman
**** 'Triumphant...inspiring' The List
'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players...'
Venture to the backstage of The Other Art Fair and into the secret Green Room, where Rebecca Mason's Neon Health Service Department of Light Therapy invites you to take off your mask. Unburden yourself to Mason's Confessional Consultant Dr Jolie Booth, with a helping hand from the Green Fairy. It may be dark and delirious, but where there is darkness there is also light.
Prepare to reveal your innermost secrets…
Brighton Science Festival started ten years ago, because… well, because everyone needs a science festival. It’s the best way to discover where we came from, deal with where we are and debate where we might go in the future.
Kriya Arts supported the Brighton Science Festival production team in 2015.
Jolie Booth of Kriya Arts created new theatre company Double Blink with joint artistic directors Frances Hill and Clara Gutteridge to develop new work exploring the subject of surveillance. Clara Gutteridge is a resident fellow at the Open Society Justice Initiative, where she documents national security-related human rights abuses in the East and Horn of Africa. Formerly, she was also a secret prisons investigator at Reprieve. Frances Hill is director of a documentary-making company and a specialist in applied theatre.
Parrabbola make community plays and their mission is the empowerment of communities through participatory cultural activity.
Kriya Arts worked with Parrabbola from March 2013 until May 2014 on a production called Half a Cod a Day, which is a funny new play that demonstrates the need for change around sea fishing.
What Parrabbola say about working with Kriya Arts:
"Thanks for all the amazing initiatives... The buzz is great!"
Reviews for Half a Cod a Day
**** "Immediate and local" Latest
"A lot of food for thought" ModernBrickaBrack
We Flew Big tells stories that move, connect and inspire. With bold steps and huge heart from a dreamy viewpoint. Because you can't say you did it until you do it. So, let's fly together.
Something There That's Missing is the inaugural production by We Flew Big and has been written by TV editor/producer turned actress and playwright, Anh Chu. The production featured an all-Chinese cast including, Chinese-English Siu-See Hung, British-born Sino-Mauritian, Julie Cheung-Inhin and Chinese-Canadian Anh Chu. The play explored the issues surrounding the Chinese-diaspora experience, drawn from those experienced by the cast.
Kriya Arts co-produced this production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.
This London-based theatre troupe creates visual theatre to stimulate the soul, using everything at our physical disposal to tell true-life tales and fantastical fables that playfully probe the surface of life’s little ambiguities.
Produced by Kriya Arts from March 2013 to Dec 2013
What Glass-Eye said about working with Kriya Arts:
"Have been especially pleased that you're focused on getting us good deals!"
Michael and Elena are a photography and styling duo based in Brighton, but working nationally and internationally.
Muse Images is a service catering to any and all aspects of photography and styling, including, but not exclusive to actor headshots, vintage styling, beauty and transformation imagery, advertising campaigns, portraiture and commercial photography.
Jolie Booth has been a Model for Muse Images since 2012
Science and sex take centre stage in the world premiére of Bonk!: the sci-fact-romp-com play that explores sex from various positions and takes the Edinburgh Fringe firmly by the balls and beakers!
Inspired by the New York Times' bestselling novel 'Bonk: the curious coupling of Science and Sex', Bonk! is a titillating look at the biology, chemistry and physics of sex via the enthralling and often bizarre microcosm of sex research scientist Cat, and her disgruntled husband Sam.
Bonk! takes a broader look at sex within the media and the scientific community. It embraces the awkward and sticky situations anyone ‘having the sex’ can get into. From musical numbers and sex research patients to horny university students and animal sexologists—no position is left unexplored. When the board threaten to pull the plug on Cat's research, she faces the real prospect of losing the man she adores for the work she loves.
Kriya Arts co-produced Bonk! for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.
Jonathan Kay is a 21st century Fool. He is recognized as a leading teacher of Fooling, having toured in the USA, Canada, Australia, Spain, Bosnia, Jordan and the UK. He see this art form as inclusive, a way of including both the ‘real’ world of the audience and the ‘imaginary’ world of theatre. He takes his audience on a journey into the human experience using paradox, taking licence with the dark and light aspects of life.
“Making them laugh at themselves to understand themselves. It is what a good fool is supposed to do!” -The Guardian
Kriya Arts spent six years working with Jonathan Kay and was responsible for all areas of running the company, from fundraising, to book-keeping, tour booking to producing the vision and also running a training Academy created by Kriya Arts for the director. Working alongside Artistic Director Jonathan Kay, we were associate artists of BAC and received regular funding from several different funding bodies.
Kriya Arts produced for Jonathan Kay from 2005 until 2011
You will find Theatre of Now marauding across the UK and Europe, a troupe of multi-talented players entertaining with a huge variety of delights, from improvised comedy through to physical theatre performances of Shakespeare.
This exquisite production of Shakespeare's lesser known play uses the power and magic of imagination to bring the world of Richard alive. Without the limitations of props, costumes or set, the Fools are free to fly from one place to another, creating film like images with their bodies and riding on a wave of emotions that the audience is able to feel, no matter how tricky they find the words!
This new ensemble of Fools are currently touring Shakespeare's Richard II as well as improvised Fooling shows, having recently completed training as part of the Nomadic Academy of Fools. This is the company's forth Shakespeare play under the Artistic Direction of Jonathan Kay, having also produced Dolly Award Winning, A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1999/01, The Tempest 2002, Romeo & Juliet 2003/4, using his unique theatrical technique, which creates whole worlds without the use of costumes, props or sets, instead working with the imagination of the audience to take them on a journey into their inner world.
Jolie Booth played Richard II, among many other parts, from 2008 until 2011
Photography by Red Fash Photography
Fooling is a unique theatre technique that introduces you to the architecture of your own personal inner stage, upon which you are able to perform on at any time and in any space, using just improvisation and your own imagination. This work stretches past ego, allowing you to feel at ease in any situation and comfortable talking intimately with anyone in the audience, from a beggar to a king.
As a performer, you slowly learn to play within this architecture through a device known as The Structure. You learn about the atmospheres available on each part of the stage, allowing yourself to be influenced by them, where ever you are performing, be it in the street, in a church, theatre or in a living-room.
The Structure is developed through the workshops held every month throughout the year. Through continuously training in this discipline the performer learns to meet the unknown with a relaxed attitude. Knowing all this, the performer is able to carry their ‘inner stage’ around with them, wherever they go, able to set up and perform in an instant without anything prepared.
Kriya Arts produced the Nomadic Academy of Fools from 2006 until 2011
Jolie Booth trained in the Fooling technique from 2008 until 2011
Photography by Red Fash Photography
Set backstage in a provincial theatre in 1920s Kent, HANGMAN is inspired by the short-lived stage career of John Ellis, who executed the notorious murderer Dr Crippen and 200 others.
First performed in Brighton in 2011, the play won rave reviews. The Brighton Argus described the production as "gripping and highly entertaining" and added: "Two Bins Theatre Company needs no introduction for their superb dramatic interpretation of talked-about social issues and infamous figures, and this production is an outstanding addition to their repertoire."
Written by Maggie Clune and based in part on actual testimonies from the National Archives, HANGMAN focuses also on Ellis's role in what was arguably the most notorious miscarriage of justice of the era - the execution in 1923 of Edith Thompson. The full details of the Thompson case remain covered by official secrecy until 2023.
Why is the troubled Ellis appearing on stage? Can he escape his demons - and to whom will he unburden his secret anguish? As the living and the dead close in for the final act, the evermore tormented Ellis decides on his own shocking finale.
The fantastic six-strong cast is led by Russell Floyd (Ellis).
Jolie Booth plays the part of Maud.
The Festival Shakespeare Company formed to perform Open Air Shakespeare during the Brighton Festival.
Our 2012 acclaimed production was of 'Twelfth Night'; a remote Scottish archipelago provided the boozy setting for this Ealing.
Jolie Booth of Kriya Arts played Fabian.
Reviews for Twelfth Night
WINNER LATEST FRINGE AWARD 2012 (Best Actress Kitty Newbury)
FRINGE GURU (***)"Every bit as inspired as I hoped it would be."
FRINGE REVIEW (*****) "The whole cast are top drawer. Yet again, they've served up a treat. A masterclass in staging outdoor Shakespeare"
BROADWAYBABY.COM (****) "A great atmosphere and an exhilarating experience. This is a play well worth seeing."
Zap Art is a creative producer, internationally renowned for introducing powerful arts experiences to new audiences. Empowering artists to push the boundaries of artistic forms; breaking the boundaries of the way art is perceived and experienced by individuals. We create cultural exchanges with big impact, commissioning crowd-pulling, avant-garde street theatre, which bring alive unusual spaces.
Kriya Arts worked as Project Assistant on the Streets of Brighton with Zap Art from 2003 - 2005
The Suffolk Howlers are Tudor Re-Enactor and Mummers Player specialists, having over eighty years experience between them! That much experience, and yet they still manage to be one of the youngest Mummers Player companies in the country and one of the only ones who perform n full authentic Tudor costume. They are energetic, terribly good fun and the relationships between the actors reflected in their ad-libbing is as entertaining as the actual plays.
Formed at the award winning Kentwell Hall Tudor Re-Creation, the Suffolk Howlers have performed in a multitude of events, festivals and venues all over the country. These include the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, The Lord Mayors Show, Secret Garden Party, Cecil Sharp House & Fire Gathering Festival.
Jolie Booth of Kriya Arts has been Artistic Director of the Suffolk Howlers since 2004.
Photography by Graeme Walker
For decades, conventional women’s magazines have focused relentlessly on fashion and consumerism, beauty and relationships; stylistically, their tone is normally serious to the point of humorless, implying that their relatively trivial content represents the most significant issues on the average woman’s mind. This is patronising to the point of absurdity. It hardly needs stating that real women are engaged with the world at every level, are concerned with politics, art, culture, and want to read about issues that are of real importance to them. Neither should it need to be pointed out that most women are equipped with a fully-functioning sense of humor. So why can’t a women’s magazine, when dealing with more light-hearted subjects like sex and relationships, take a crude and satirical tone, paralleling the humor that is so common in the new generation of men’s magazines? There is a demand for a magazine aimed at real women, voicing their views and displaying their many talents, whilst also being able to laugh at themselves.
We want to create a magazine designed, produced and written by women, giving a uniquely female interpretation of the world, and providing real women with something to read that stimulates them and reflects their personalities. We want to create a magazine that prints reports on the plights and victories of women around the world, written by women who are involved or interested in the events. We want to provide an outlet for creative women, a forum for artists, designers and writers to promote their work. This magazine will be genuinely serious but also genuinely funny, discussing our sex-lives in the way that they should be discussed: as something to have a good laugh about. This will make a welcome change from the monotonous ‘how-to-satisfy-your-man’ tutorials that we are still subjected to in the pages of the mainstream glossies.
Flow Magazine hit the headlines in 2002 when Julie Burchill wrote an article about it in her weekly Saturday column for the Guardian and then became a contributor to the magazine herself.
Produced & Edited by Jolie Booth of Kriya Arts from 2001 - 2002
This not-for-profit event was a celebration of performing arts held as an annual music and performing arts weekend festival, between Horsham and Crawley. Live Music, DJs and cabaret all got a look in with workshops and healing space providing alternative entertainment.
Kriya Arts produced, as part of 3rd Heaven Productions, the Saturday night cabaret from 2005 until 2010.
Nothing To See Here London is a production company with a drive to generate creative and innovative media. Their broad creative focus covers all aspects of the industry from advertising, virals and web content to music videos, documentaries and fashion films.
Working with a long list of famous and talented artists, NTSH have generated media content for the likes of Fat Boy Slim, Alice Russell and Scroobius Pip, along a plethora of local and unknown talents.
Kriya Arts project assisted from 2001 until 2011
Jolie Booth of Kriya Arts modeled and performed in music promos & shorts from 2002 until 2011
Voodoo Vaudeville has existed as a company since 1999. The first show was at Komedia in Dec 1999. It was an anarchic mix of bravado, brouhaha and art comedy and went on to create a cult following with its kooky comperes Lennie and Morris and their mixture of improvised comedy, puppets, dances and audience participation. Time passed and the emphasis changed; the comperes disappeared, other characters and sensibilities emerged and Voodoo gradually emerged in its present incarnation: a themed theatre cabaret night with its roots in circus, rebel rock music, vaudeville and original form burlesque.
Voodoo Vaudeville has performed at a diverse range of festivals and venues such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Lost Vagueness, Torture Garden and Udderbelly, whilst retaining it's residency at the Komedia in Brighton.
Jolie Booth performed with Voodoo Vaudeville from 2006 to 2007
Angela de Castro is a leading clown practitioner and actor, teacher and speaker. She is one of the six first Dream Time Fellows at Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and award winner with the Arts Foundation. She was a member of the circus advisory forum at the Arts Council England and a juror for the Jerwood Circus Awards. She is a charismatic and respected speaker, appearing regularly for discussion panels in Britain (Total Theatre circus conference panellist, London International Mime Festival panellist) and Australia (Australia International Workshop Festival, Chaos and Synergy: Circus and Physical Theatre Conference). She has taught and directed many theatre and circus companies in the UK, Australia and Brasil, and has on-going relationships with the National Theatre Studio, The Performing Arts Labs, Circus Oz and drama schools in the UK and Europe. Her research into the state of clowning has led to profoundly transformative work within theatre, business and education.
Angela de Castro is the founder of The Why Not Institute in London, a new and unique organisation, dedicated to bringing together performance, teaching, professional development, events and resources connected to contemporary clowning. The Institute’s workshop seasons have included ‘Who Said Women Can’t Clown?!’, ‘Rolling in the Aisles’ and ‘Love to Laugh’’.
Having trained with Angela de Castro on her course "How to be a Stupid", Jolie Booth performed under de Castro's artistic direction in the HaHa Harmonics Clown Choir in 2003.
Our Tudor days are unrivalled in scale, visitors immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th Century. Kentwell is the originator of historical live Tudor events starting over 30 years ago. What we offer is still the biggest, most comprehensive, and most authentic Tudor experience you will get anywhere. We re-create life on a community scale, our entire historic house and estate are transformed into a 16th Century Manor, with up to 250 inhabitants of all ages, skills and wealth carrying out a huge variety of daily tasks.
Jolie Booth has worked as a Tudor every summer for over 26 years, making her somewhat of a specialist. Working as a dairymaid for her formative years, she went on to become a washerwoman and then a low-player. Ten years ago she set up the Mummers station and has been head of station ever since. This troupe, known as the Suffolk Howlers, perform their plays upon a cart and sleep beneath it under the stars.