For 40 years Kneehigh have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre, with a joyful anarchy. We have performed everywhere from village halls to castles, disused quarries to conventional stages all over the world.
From our breath-taking barns in Cornwall we create theatre of humanity on an epic and tiny scale. Led by Artistic Directors Mike Shepherd and Carl Grose, we work with an ever-changing bunch of talented and like-minded perfomers, artists, makers and musicians and are passionate about the creative process.
In the Asylum, a beautiful nomadic structure, we light fires, eat, challenge, provoke, make music and party. We can perform and welcome a wider, non-theatre going community. We are not elite. We aim to be a rare oasis of human engagement in an increasingly corporate landscape. Kneehigh is profoundly political. The Kneehigh Asylum is a space where people can go on a journey and land in a place they never even knew existed. We plan to erect the Asylum in Cornwall for an extended festival season in 2021. There will be food, music, performance and event.
In 2018 Kneehigh received funding to broaden and deepen its work with communities in Cornwall with The Coastal Communities Programme. We are committed to broadening and deepening Kneehigh’s work with communities in Cornwall, with artist development, workshops, educational resources and more. The Incubation strand of the programme provides development opportunities, workshops, and educational resources for local artists. You can download our Walk With Me app, and explore Cornwall in a new way. Hear stories collected from surfers, pub landladies, young mothers, fishermen, tattoo artists, museum volunteers – and everybody else we met along the way.
All photography Steve Tanner.