Tangled Feet are an ensemble of theatre practitioners committed to making original work. The company has developed a trademark style of experimental performance, which always begins from a process of physical improvisation and play. Find out more about us.
Tangled Feet News
In January and February, Tangled Feet collaborated with Rainbow SIBS and STEP in two exciting Dramatherapy and performance projects, working with children and young people who have autistic siblings.
The STEP project (part of the STEP Festival) worked with six young people in Southwark who had never previously been part of a support group, exploring (over several weekly sessions) shared emotions, responses and challenges to having an autistic sibling. The project culminated in a workshop/training session for other Drama practitioners at the STEP conference on using dramatheraputic methods with children.
The Rainbow SIBS project, funded by Awards for All, worked with an existing support group for young people with autistic siblings, based at the Rainbow autistic unit at Greenwrythe School, Sutton. Over five weeks, four of the Tangled Feet team joined the group to create a piece of performance addressing the young people’s shared experience, using a blend of dramatheraputic techniques and Tangled Feet’s usual playful approach to creating moments of performance from games, images and personal stories.
The sold-out performance, at the Charles Cryer Theatre in Carshalton, was a fantastic success. The group grew in confidence over the course of the project and, together, created a brave, moving and funny show that shared their experiences with family, friends and local people.
The performance, which brought together many families affected by autism, was also the launch event of a new branch of the National Autistic Society in Sutton. This group will provide a network of long-term support in the area.
Tangled Feet had a brilliant time working with Rainbow SIBS and hope to work with the group again in the future.
Tangled Feet want to create a piece of outdoor theatre bursting at the seams with energy, which sparks new conversations about the future of the young – not just here, but all over the world – who are often facing quite a rotten start to their working lives.
Recreating the hope young people start with at the end of their schooling, how quickly this hope can be crushed in the current climate and how huge an impact this reality makes on the rest of their lives. How hope and sustainability are both vital in keeping the lifeblood of the economy flowing.
We hit the ground running as we start 2013 with two projects laying the foundation for the year. First off we have a one week residency at ARC in Stockton as we develop some new site specific work and a return to inside spaces with the possibility of some national touring in 2014.
The second of our projects see us collaborating with Rainbow SIBS, a support group for children who have a brother or sister with autism. Over 6 weeks we will join Rainbow SIBS to create a Therapeutic Theatre Group. Working within a drama therapy setting the group will work towards creating a performance together.
We are thrilled to have received a grant to support our core costs from The Foyle Foundation to support our 2013 work. This is an exciting development and our first core grant. Thank you Foyle Foundation! We would also like to thank Arts Council England for recent funding towards our Artistic and Organisational development in early 2013.
We are taking bookings for Inflation, our political comedy, for this Summer.
A bouncy castle sits in a public space. On it Tangled Feet try to solve the recession, understand currency trading and keep the darn thing up! Every attempt at order and structure is undermined by the shifting financial landscape and the actions of others. Using an evocative soundtrack, physicality and slapstick comedy Tangled Feet explore the uncertain ground our world is standing on.
“Absolutely fantastic. It was the most original event show I’ve seen in a very long time. Very sophisticated too.”
“Funny, clever, thought provoking”
“Fantastic fun idea with serious political content”
“Inflation should be mandatory viewing for everyone”
We are currently developing some new projects and surprises that will create our 2013 summer season as well as possible projects in the Autumn and beyond so keep your eyes peeled and follow us on twitter or facebook
Summer 2012 was Tangled Feet’s busiest ever as we mounted our first ever season of free outdoor work – Tangled Feet Take To The Streets.
As an integral part of our Take To The Streets season, Tangled Feet were joined by 10 young theatre-makers who came together for 12 days of intensive workshops and a 360 degree introduction to making devised/outdoor work. The young company visited five of the major outdoor festivals at which Tangled Feet were performing, seeing an incredible range of outdoor work as well as getting a good picture of behind-the-scenes touring.