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Creating Extraordinary Theatrical Experiences

Experimenting with Form, Live Music, Dance & Storytelling since 2015!

Collide is a  migrant and female-led theatre company based in London. Our aim is to speak through bold texts and to produce work which blends text, movement and music. We love exploring non-traditional forms and re-introducing old plays, stories and myths that question who we are as human beings and how we choose to lead our lives.

 

Founded in 2015 by director Emily Louizou, Collide has collaborated with more than 50 international artists coming from all disciplines, notably composer David Denyer, designer Ioana Curelea and choreographer Ioli Filippakopoulou

Since 2015 we have created three site-specific performances in unconventional theatre spaces, and four black-box pieces in London’s fringe scene. 

In 2019, we were selected to be part of the New Diorama Emerging Companies 2019-2020 as one of the ten most promising companies to watch. Our show Metamorphosis was featured in the Incoming Festival 2019 which showcased the UK’s most “explosive” work from emerging artists!

In February 2020, Ms Julie our new dance-theatre adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, was selected to be part of the acclaimed Resolution Festival curated by dance venue, The Place in London.  

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A Younger Theatre

“THERE IS NO BENCHMARK I CAN OFFER, NO RELEVANT EXPERIENCE TO RELATE IT TO, BUT IN TERMS OF PURE STAGECRAFT IT IS AN EXCELLENT ENVISIONING OF A VERY DIFFICULT PLAY, AND AN EXPERIENCE WORTH UNDERTAKING, EVEN IF ONLY BECAUSE IT IS DIFFERENT FROM ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE.” 

In October 2022, we brought George Kaiser's The Coral  to the UK for the first time in 100 years at Finborough Theatre, receiving stellar reviews from The Stage and The Guardian who hailed that "Collide are clearly a company to keep an eye on". 

In April 2023 we co-produced with the Omnibus Theatre in South London the world premiere of The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree, written by Lisa Langseth (Love and Anarchy, Netflix) and inspired by the Greek Daphne myth. Find out more here!

In May 2024 we will be presenting our next production - Fabulous Creatures - in association with the Arcola Theatre in London. More information and tickets available here!

Fabulous Creatures - Trailer
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Fabulous Creatures - Trailer

Collide Theatre in partnership with Elizabeth Filippouli and in association with the Arcola Theatre present FABULOUS CREATURES The untold story of the female monsters of The Odyssey. Written by Quentin Beroud & Emily Louizou Directed by Emily Louizou Lyrics by Quentin Beroud Music by Irene Skylakaki Movement & Choreography by Ioli Filippakopoulou Welcome to the Monstrous Cabaret Club, a place to drown more than your sorrows, where the acts are unreal and the voices to die for! Whether you’re strapping in for the Sirens or caught between Scylla and Charybdis, you’re in for a night you’ll never survive forget! Once the pre-eminent killers of the mythical age, who even Gods would turn to for their dirty work, they’ve long given up their licence to kill. Now they run a private club hidden somewhere between Mount Olympus and the Underworld. They used to kill, but now they cabaret: SIREN, the woman-bird with the notorious voice SCYLLA the rock star with her outrageous costumes And last but not least the shapeshifting CHARYBDIS aka “Whirlpool”, the hostess of the grotesque, your MC with no clemency. But the glamorous routine of their cabaret life is about to be shattered. A desperate and determined woman comes to them for help in taking down her abusive husband before he returns from a ten year war. These fabulous creatures are now faced with a deadly dilemma: sacrifice the safety of the shadows or come out into the light and help a stranger in her hour of need? As the stakes ratchet up, we move from cabaret to tragedy. Collide (“clearly a company to keep an eye on”, The Guardian) invites you to an epic new show about revenge and sisterhood. An ensemble of three brings you the never before told story of the female monsters of The Odyssey, blending humour and darkness, myth and modernity and Collide’s signature dream-like aesthetic.
Hamletmachine - Full Production
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Hamletmachine - Full Production

Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine; a collage of fragments, an orgy of deconstruction. We invite you to walk through the pieces of a broken civilisation and experience a grotesque wasteland full of beauty and cruelty. The human body stands at its centre – fragile and yet capable of extreme destruction and pain. We live in a time when Europe is facing all sorts of crises – economic, political, social, humanitarian ones – governments are busy burying these problems rather than facing them with actual solutions, and young people do not know which way to go. For Müller’s Hamlet to be a machine is to be free of cultural and personal memory, to feel no pain, to have no thoughts. With a disturbing energy Müller writes of the “ruins of Europe,” for a revolution that both reduces and elevates humans to machines. Hamletmachine is a harrowing portrait of the aftermath of a war, of life under crisis. This provocative site-specific production invites you to enter a diseased crumbling world, and to experience the struggle for a new unspoiled one. Hamletmachine is a site-specific promenade performance in an unused warehouse on Tanner Street (Tower Bridge, London) as part of Ugly Duck’s latest creative season. Ugly Duck works with artists to create amazing events in unusual, underused spaces. [London, July 2016] Director: Emily Louizou Music Composition: David Denyer Designers: Alegia Papageorgiou & Greta Landers Choreography: Ioli Filippakopoulou Movement: Hanna Junti Lighting Design: Daniel English Producer: Rachel Horowitz Translator: Marc von Henning Marketing: Inés Aparicio Trailer and Poster: Florence Knoyle Rehearsal Videos: Vasilis Katsaros Production Images: Alex Davison Stage Manager: Lucy Hickling ​ Cast: Ava Pickett, Susan Hoffman, Alexandra Sinclair, Jordan Matthews, Jamie Spindlove, Oliver West, Maximilian Davey, Chris Szuca
The Coral - Teaser
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The Coral - Teaser

Tuesday, 4 October - Saturday, 29 October 2022 Finborough Theatre Info & Tickets here: https://finboroughtheatre.co.uk/production/the-coral/ “What is the goal?” “The end of the struggle between rich and poor.” The first UK production in 100 years A millionaire and his double. A need for a revolution. A cycle of family trauma. Join a father’s quest to escape the horror of his past. Join his children’s quest to change the status quo. Brought up in poverty, the Millionaire is the autocratic boss of a factory, intent on acquiring as much wealth as possible in order to distance himself from his unhappy poverty-stricken childhood. He has hired his exact physical double, the Secretary, who impersonates him at public functions. The only physical difference between them is a piece of coral on the Secretary’s watchchain… The Millionaire’s son and daughter feel utter disgust for their father’s money and his ruthless exploitation of the poor. The last thing they want is to inherit the money and become like their father. Part parable, part family drama, and part thriller, tragic yet deeply cynical, Georg Kaiser’s symbolic and epic play is a radical exploration of humans’ absurd and eternal entanglement with money, a world where the few have accumulated so much wealth and so much power to be able to destroy the many. Directed and Adapted by EMILY LOUIZOU Set and Costume Design IOANA CURELEA Movement Direction IOLI FILIPPAKOPOULOU Music Compositon DAVID DENYER Lighting Designer AMY HILL Dramaturg QUENTIN BEROUD Assistant Director ASKA HAYAKAWA Assistant Producer ARIELLE ZILKHA Associate Producer for Collide SAMUEL SKOOG Stage Manager NELL THOMAS Producer Presented by Collide Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre. Cast STUART LAING JOANNE MARIE MASON ESME SCARBOROUGH ADAM WOOLLEY ARIELLE ZILKHA
Collide Theatre | 2015 - 2020
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Collide Theatre | 2015 - 2020

Celebrating 5 years. 6 shows. 70 artists! Collide is a London-based theatre company made up of emerging artists. Our aim is to speak through bold texts and to produce work which challenges, inspires and excites both us and our audience. We love exploring non-traditional forms and re-discover old gems that question who we are as human beings and how we choose to lead our lives. 0:00 5 year reviews 0:29 2015 - 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane 0:47 2016 - Hamletmachine by Heiner Müller 1:33 2017 - Tejas Verdes by Fermín Cabal 1:56 2018 - Troy by Dimitris Dimitriadis 2:52 2019 - Metamorphosis, adapted from Franz Kafka's classic 3:57 2020 - Ms Julie, adapted from August Strindberg's classic Founded in 2015 by director Emily Louizou, Collide has collaborated with more than 50 international artists coming from all disciplines, notably composer David Denyer, designer Ioana Curelea and choreographer Ioli Filippakopoulou. In 2018 and as Collide grows, veteran event producer Christina Fotinelli has come on board as a producer to help support and grow the company to the next level. Our mission is to make unconventional performances which merge storytelling with dance and live music. Since 2015 we have created three site-specific performances in unconventional theatre spaces, and two black-box pieces in London’s fringe scene. We are grateful to have had support from Arts Council England for our last two projects. We have been selected to be part of the New Diorama Emerging Companies 2019-2020 as one of the ten most promising companies to watch. Our show Metamorphosis was featured in the Incoming Festival 2019 which showcased the UK’s most “explosive” work from emerging artists! We are currently working on a new dance-theatre version of August Strindberg's Miss Julie. In February 2020 our adapted Ms Julie was selected to be part of the acclaimed Resolution Festival curated by dance venue The Place in London. As part of this festival we showcased an extract of our new piece on the 18th of February 2020 and are now hoping to continue developing it for a full production in 2021. You can find out more here: https://www.collidetheatre.com/
Together in Isolation - Collide Artists, May 2020
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Together in Isolation - Collide Artists, May 2020

In a Time of Distance by Alexander McCall Smith The unexpected always happens in the way The unexpected has always occurred: While we are doing something else, While we are thinking of altogether Different things – matters that events Then show to be every bit as unimportant As our human concerns so often are; And then, with the unexpected upon us, We look at one another with a sort of surprise; How could things possibly turn out this way When we are so competent, so pleased With the elaborate systems we’ve created – Networks and satellites, intelligent machines, Pills for every eventuality – except this one? And so we turn again to face one another And discover those things We had almost forgotten, But that, mercifully, are still there: Love and friendship, not just for those To whom we are closest, but also for those Whom we do not know and of whom Perhaps we have in the past been frightened; The words brother and sister, powerful still, Are brought out, dusted down, Found to be still capable of expressing What we feel for others, that precise concern; Joined together in adversity We discover things we had put aside: Old board games with obscure rules, Books we had been meaning to read, Letters we had intended to write, Things we had thought we might say But for which we never found the time; And from these discoveries of self, of time, There comes a new realisation That we have been in too much of hurry, That we have misused our fragile world, That we have forgotten the claims of others Who have been left behind; We find that out in our seclusion, In our silence; we commit ourselves afresh, We look for a few bars of song That we used to sing together, A long time ago; we give what we can, We wait, knowing that when this is over A lot of us – not all perhaps – but most, Will be slightly different people, And our world, though diminished, Will be much bigger, its beauty revealed afresh. ---------- Performed by: Gabriel Akuwudike, Manuela Albrecht, Emma Barnard, Ioli Filippakopoulou, Christina Fotinelli, EJ Goddard, Joseph Hardy, Katharine Hardman, Susan Hoffman, Emily Louizou, Jodie Sully, George Turner http://collidetheatre.com
Collide Theatre presents: Metamorphosis
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Collide Theatre presents: Metamorphosis

23rd - 27th of April 2019 Tristan Bates Theatre - Covent Garden Book your ticket here: https://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/metamorphosis ---------------------------------------------------------------- A new dance-theatre piece about the need to be accepted for who you are. In the course of one night a beloved son turns into a hated freak. But is he really different? Is there really a reason for his family to be as appalled? This is Gregor Samsa’s story. It is also the story of anyone who has been made to feel as vermin. ------ Creative Team -------------------------------- Director/Dramaturg: Emily Louizou Choreographer: Ioli Filippakopoulou Composer: David Denyer Designer: Ioana Curelea Producer: Christina Fotinellis Assistant Dramaturg: Emma Barnard ---------------------------------------------------------------- In April 2019 Collide will premiere a new dance-theatre piece inspired by Franz Kafka’s novella “The Metamorphosis”. Collide’s new show is a piece about being young and being made to feel alien by the people most close to you. This is not a piece about a man turning into an insect. It is a piece about a family not accepting their child for who they are. Metamorphosis is an ode against ostracism, an ode to a human’s body uniqueness. In Kafka’s parable - written in 1912 during turbulent times in Europe - a young man, Gregor, has emerged into a world which is horrified by his physical change and ends up imprisoned and abused by his family after his metamorphosis. Through this story, Kafka shines a light on society’s difficulty in accepting and tolerating difference. In this new version created by director Emily Louizou, Metamorphosis, will address one of the biggest human fears: feeling like an outsider - or rather, being made to feel different. A chorus of five unique individuals will collectively, through storytelling, dance and music, bring to life the story of Gregor Samsa in a celebration of his uniqueness and the uniqueness of all those before and after him who had to fight against their family’s alienation. Collide Theatre is a London-based theatre company made up of emerging artists who are passionate about creating non-traditional and visually exciting theatre. Formed by director Emily Louizou in May 2015, Collide’s mission is to make performances which merge storytelling with dance and live music while pushing the boundaries of realism. Their last production, TROY, a contemporary opera about cycles of war was a sell-out at VOILA Europe in November 2018. Please note that there will be a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team after the matinee on 27th April. This will be free to matinee ticket holders.
TROY - Scenes from the Show
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TROY - Scenes from the Show

Director & Translator: Emily Louizou Music Composition: David Denyer Designer: Ioana Curelea Movement: Ioli Filippakopoulou Producer: Rachel Horowitz Assistant Producer: Anya Dye Stage Manager: Alex Karavia Ensemble: Samara Zwain, Sophie Crawford, Ellie-Jane Goddard Collide Theatre is thrilled to be presenting a contemporary music-theatre piece about cycles of war as part of the 6th edition of VOILA Europe Festival in London this November! “War never kills war It destroys what it can destroy and it starts again in order to destroy again” We invite you to an experimental new opera; a musical journey through a war’s noise and the silence of its aftermath. Written in 2015 by one of Greece’s most prominent writers, TROY is a raw account of the destruction that war brings upon a human soul. Translated and directed by Emily Louizou, with an original music composition by David Denyer, we ask you to join our exploration of the unsolvable human need to create horror. ​ In our production a chorus of three female actor-musicians sing, play, and collectively bring the ghosts of the past back from Hades. Our chorus presents the accounts of three generations, three perceived symbols of masculine power: The King of Troy, his son, and his grandson. All of them were brutally killed by the Greeks but their voices return to ask for more war. TROY foregrounds the defeated of the Trojan War in order to speak about the wars of the past, the wars of the present, and the wars of the future. ​ One vicious cycle. Three female voices. Countless wars. collidetheatre.com
Tejas Verdes Audience Response
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Tejas Verdes Audience Response

A celebration of human rights and freedom A cry against totalitarianism Director: Emily Louizou Music Composition: David Denyer Designer: Adelaide Green Movement: Ioli Filippakopoulou Lighting Design: Guido Garcia Lueches Producer: Rachel Horowitz Translator: Robert Shaw Stage Manager: Alex Karavia Assistant Designer: Cara Evans Graphics Design: Elif Tanmar Marketing: Karima Sam Photography: Konstantinos N. Papaoikonomou Video: Vasilis Katsaros Cast: Ava Pickett, Evelyn Lockley, Susan Hoffman, Hayley Hirsch, Frances Keyton ---- The most important human right is the right to life itself. And then prohibition to torture follows. No human being could argue the opposite. But what happens when the wrong people are found – or even elected – in the wrong positions? Fermín Cabal’s play is a haunting and compelling piece of art about humanity’s brutal ability to cause pain and horror. Tejas Verdes, an idyllic seaside resort is turned into a torture camp during General Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. The play focuses on the story of one woman, Colorina, who comes to symbolise the 3,000 who were violently killed during the Pinochet regime that lasted from 1973 to 1990. Forty-four years after the coup, we felt the need to tell this story again. Violating vital human rights should not be acceptable. Forty-four years later, we wonder whether our world has changed much. [Opened on 1st - 2nd April 2017 at Tanner Street Warehouse (Ugly Duck)] Collide Theatre https://collidetheatre.com/
TejasVerdes - Teaser
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TejasVerdes - Teaser

Book your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/even... A celebration of human rights and freedom A cry against totalitarianism The most important human right is the right to life itself. And then prohibition to torture follows. No human being could argue the opposite. But what happens when the wrong people are found – or even elected – in the wrong positions? Fermín Cabal’s play is a haunting and compelling piece of art about humanity’s brutal ability to cause pain and horror. Tejas Verdes, an idyllic seaside resort is turned into a torture camp during General Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. The play focuses on the story of one woman, Colorina, who comes to symbolise the 3,000 who were violently killed during the Pinochet regime that lasted from 1973 to 1990. Forty-four years after the coup, we felt the need to tell this story again. Violating vital human rights should not be acceptable. Forty-four years later, we wonder whether our world has changed much. The time is the present – or even the future? – and the place could be any country. We invite you to join us in this old warehouse on Tanner Street as part of Ugly Duck’s new creative season to celebrate the importance of human rights and freedom. Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April 2017 49 Tanner Street, London Director: Emily Louizou Music Composition: David Denyer Designer: Adelaide Green Movement: Ioli Filippakopoulou Lighting Design: Guido Garcia Lueches Producer: Rachel Horowitz Translator: Robert Shaw Stage Manager: Alex Karavia Assistant Designer: Cara Evans Graphics Design: Elif Tanmar Marketing: Karima Sammout Video: Lucy Hickling Photography: Konstantinos N. Papaoikonomou, Mark Volikas Cast: Ava Pickett, Evelyn Lockley, Susan Hoffman, Hayley Hirsch, Frances Keyton