© 2017 Thrust Theatre Company
Risky, muscular, inventive theatre.
A formidable ensemble with a reputation for making risky, muscular and inventive theatre, Thrust puts cutting edge cross-disciplinary practice at the heart of everything we do. Notable for bold visual and dramaturgical interventions on new and found texts, we foreground risk, innovation and interrogation of form. We’re not interested in making work that plays it safe: if we’re not taking a risk to make the work then we don’t see the point in making it.
“A great showcase of young talent.”
Since 2007 we’ve been gathering a reputation as a company known for constantly reassessing the theatrical form. Our ensemble of interdisciplinary artists seamlessly blend performance with scenography, stagecraft with technology, and form with content. Critics and audiences alike regularly describe our work as brave, elegant, striking, sophisticated and urgent.
“Impressive quality drama.”
Our radically spare revival of Pornography was described by writer and academic Pedro de Senna as “one of the most powerful productions I’ve seen anywhere in contemporary British theatre”; meanwhile Dr. Charlotte Thompson hailed our intermedial adaptations of The Bell Jar and 6 Characters In Search Of An Author as “some of the most visually striking theatre I have seen.”
“Their work is characterised by hybridity, which pushes and layers its expressiveness.”
We don’t stop with our own work. Through our unique More Storm Festival we advocate companies and artists devoted to changing the way theatre is made. Dana Segal called it “easily London's most beautiful, professional and exciting scratch night”.
We’ve been commissioning new writing since the very start. We’ve crammed 2-ton sets into tiny festival venues. We turned a square beige building into a glittering palace of scratch performance. We did a questionable panto back in 2009.
“A talented company with great imagination.”
The combination of our daring and ambition with a theatrical vocabulary that’s unique amongst emerging companies makes Thrust a force to be reckoned with.
“A fascinating twist on the theatrical form.”
Bruce Adams & William Bowden
Artist in residence: Zakk Hein
Rosanna Dowlen Ryan Funnell Ester Mangas Fernandez
Freya Martin Henry Martin Tika Mu'tamir
Harriet Wakefield Rachel Wood scott Wright