Eamon Collinge as CrowRob Crouch & John McCrawKaty Slater & Tom Chadwick
"Inventive, resourceful … excitingly physical performances ... Thoroughly invigorating" The Times
John Godber's Bouncers Xmas 04

Brute Farce Theatre

Brute Farce Theatre company was formed by Rob Crouch and Philip Graham in the summer of 1996 and subsequent productions have spanned the full range from the classics to new writing. Their work has gone from a multimedia production of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and devised versions of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, to the English premieres of John Constable's Iceman and Daniel Danis' Stone and Ashes.

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Brute Farce's distinctive and highly theatrical approach blends strong ensemble playing with visual flair and stylistic invention to tell dark and magical tales.

Members of Brute Farce have had backgrounds as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the David Glass ensemble. They have appeared in major feature films like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Sense and Sensibility and worked with the likes of Ken Cambell, John Godber and Mike Leigh. Influenced as much by pop culture and advertising as physical theatre or narrative drama, they have a style uniquely their own.

A mutant cross between Berthold Brecht and Ray Cooney, raised by wolves on a diet of the Marx brothers and Chaplin. Their theatre is often thought-provoking, sometimes experimental, but always entertaining.

Brute Farce's recent London productions include Burke and Hare, in association with Skullduggery TC, performed at the Brockley Jack Theatre in Feb/March 2004 and John Godber's Bouncers, also at the Brockley Jack, the following month.

Then came an assault on the Smirnoff Underbelly with Ubu Disco, a re-working of their previous production of King Ubu (working once more with Skullduggery), at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival, their phenominally successful production of Bouncers was then remixed for Christmas 2004 at The Brockley Jack as Bouncers, with bells on!
followed by more John Godber the following January in the form of Shakers.

Most recently, Listen to My Heart: The songs of David Freidman played at the Marlborough Theatre as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe in May 2006. Future dates are now being discussed for this show.


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Ubu Disco