I established Spike Theatre, as I graduated from the Liverpool Institute of H.E. (now Liverpool Hope) in 1993, as a small-scale national touring company, wanting to create original, engaging and visually exciting work. As a director, I always work towards a style of ensemble theatre, with the performer as its creative force via devised theatre practices.
Spike received many awards and much critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, and having been project funded by the Arts Council since 1997, the strength of the company’s work was recognized as it became one of ACE’s ‘Regularly Funded Organizations’ in 2003.
The company was a core programme company for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture 2008, having developed both a large-scale integrated community event (Theatre in the Parks) and international collaborative projects (Hoof! Spontaneous Theatre) since 2005, all of which culminated in the Cap’O’Cult year.
“Sometimes the magic of theatre really is magic and Spike Theatre is a case in point” Phil Key, Liverpool Daily Post
I left Spike in 2009 to take up the post at Coventry Uni, but remain an associate artist and improviser in the Hoof pool.