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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!

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/