Company History

Company History

2015 Where’s My Igloo Gone?

A fun, interactive family show about our environment, climate change and a little girl called Oolik whose igloo is melting…  Can you help her? Development supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham University and mac birmingham.

2014-14 Water Way R&D


A research project investigating the canals of Stoke-on-Trent, the people who live near them, and the stories they tell. It focused on the possibility of creating a multi-media performance experienced from the vantage point of a canal boat, as the light begins to fall. A collaboration with Orit Azaz, commissioned by Appetite Stoke and supported by the Friends of Hanley Park.

2014-15 Chocolate – The Cabaret!

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A witty cabaret-style show with a live band, exploring the world of chocolate and big business. In development. ‘Scratch’ commission by Selly Oak Arts Forum, further development supported by Arts Council England and the Sir Barry Jackson County Fund.

2013 onwards The Igloo Project


A series of three interlinked projects. We started with Igloo, a multi-sensory participatory performance experience exploring climate change. In development. Selected to pitch at the 2013 ISAN conference. Supported by the CATH Project (AHRC/University of Birmingham).

2012/13 Caravania!

An intimate, participatory experience for a family audience, exploring micronations and imaginative citizenship. Touring 2013 onwards. Selected for the National Rural Touring Showcase 2014.

2012 Blah blah blah 2: The Irigaray Lecture

Comic participatory performance ‘lecture’ about how we communicate with each other. Collaboration with Graeme Rose. Selected for Fierce Festival Pilot Night.

2011 Blah blah blah 1

Voice-based performance exploring word-based language and communication . Collaboration with Graeme Rose. Performed at the Red Gallery, Hull, as part of Ad:Lib7, in association with Compass Live Art.

2010 Noisy Stories. 

Solo extended voice performance/participatory performance exploring how primary schoolchildren respond to ‘extended voice’. Bricknell Primary School, Hull. Collaboration with Kate Hale. Commissioned by Hull City Council.

2008 Car Park Show No.1

A solo site-specific performance in and about Osborne St Car Park, Hull. Commissioned by the Humber Mouth Festival.

2007 Voice In-Site

The company is invited to Aarhus, Denmark, to create a solo site-specific performance in five hours, as part of Om Laboratoriet’s workshop/experiment, Meeting No. 1.

2006 Jill undertakes further training in extended voice work with the Roy Hart Theatre in France. Funded by Hull City Arts.

2005 A Soundscape of our City

A new vocal performance piece commissioned by the Humber Mouth Festival, directed by Jill in collaboration with the Soundscape group.

2005 Voice workshops: a series of workshops commissioned by the Humber Mouth Festival.

2004, 2006 Again

An original devised one-woman performance about life, death, fear and a desire for wings. Textual input by Craig Baxter. Songs by Jill Dowse. Performed by Jill Dowse and directed by Adam Ledger. 

Invited to the Dublin Fringe Festival and described as ‘a small wonder’ by the Evening Echo. Commissioned by The Granary Theatre, additional support from Cork City Council and University College Cork.

Again toured the UK in 2006, in a co-production by Foursight Theatre, funded by Arts Council England.

2004 Invited to take part in a season of contemporary European plays at the Granary Theatre, Cork. Adam directs the Irish premiere of Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers.

2004 Jill leads a series of workshops exploring voice in performance. Granary Theatre, Cork.

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