Lets Create Environments, Experiences and Adventures Together!
HandMade Theatre makes unique, interdisciplinary work with performance at its heart. We specialise in making interactive performances, which engage our audience in unusual ways.
We make artwork primarily for families, telling stories through creative happenings and live performance.
We take inspiration from our surroundings and enjoy playing with unusual spaces, creating immersive environments that can transform both outside and inside venues.
Beautifully handcrafted objects, sustainably sourced resources and a dedication to research are important.
As artists we are guided by a fundamental belief in the benefits of art and culture. With links to therapy approaches, we take pride in our ability to access some of the hardest to reach individuals including those with SEN.
We believe the best ideas come through collaboration and participation – therefore we facilitate every event to be unique, tailored by those of any age who join us in play.
‘Top of the charts when it comes to family theatre’ LeftLion Magazine, 2016
‘Lovely, fun, educational theatre for children!’ Parent, 2016
‘If you have children, this is the best kids (and adults) interactive theatre I have ever seen.’ Director Phil Stevens, 2016
‘Honestly the best company we have ever had’ Teaching Assistant, 2013
‘Their creativity is inspirational and it was one of the highlights of my teaching career to work with HandMade Theatre.’ – Andrew Sloan, Headmaster at Rosehill School, 2014
‘Handmade Theatre is a wonderful company offering hand-crafted interactive performances that give children and people with learning disabilities and their families a uniquely uplifting and engaging creative experience. The team is passionately committed to making theatre an interactive learning experience for their audiences, but always in a dynamic, creative and fun way. I strongly recommend them!’ – Simon Hollingsworth, Creative Director of Lincoln Drill Hall, 2014
Established since 2011
After 15 years of professional collaboration, artists Suzy Gunn and Amy Nicholson came together to create HandMade Theatre. Amy originally trained as a theatre designer and brought this design flare combined with a love of puppetry to her role as Creative Director. She is also a qualified art teacher and has experience in interactive music therapy. Suzy originally trained as a performer and has extensive experience in arts management having managed companies including Retina Dance and Reckless Sleepers. She combines this creative business experience, with her love of storytelling and commitment to contemporary performance in her role as the company’s Creative Producer.
HandMade Theatre is a company registered in England and Wales. Company number:10016205, Registered Charity number:1169406