archipelago is an artist-led theatre collective led by Beth Knight and Laurence Young that makes work about themes of epic proportions whilst looking at a local, community, personal level. Our work crosses genres, forms, and styles, but is united under the banner of live, daring, and generous work that brings people together. Made with communities, for communities.
We have a vision for archipelago that is all about connecting people. We think it’s magic and worth celebrating our points of difference, whilst embracing that which also unites us. Our mission is to be part of the fabric of community that brings all these tiny islands of people together, to try and bring about a seachange in our society, both big and small.
Every archipelago project is started by a period of listening. We think it’s vital that before we speak we have heard from others. This listening takes a variety of forms, but it’s all about us as artists, and as a company, engaging with people, and places, who have things they want to say and deserve to be heard. Our process is all about co-creation; we think it enriches everybody that takes part and makes genuinely thrilling work.
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Beth is a director and facilitator with a passion for telling new and socially-engaged stories. She works across both professional and participatory work on a range of scales, in a generous, collaborative and responsive style – often as a deviser and constantly with young people. She makes theatre as a joyful and political act.
She loves bad jokes, 90s hip-hop, biscuits and being an auntie. She hates marzipan, waking up early and horror films. Her love language is Jeff Goldblum gifs and she’s really good at pub quizzes.
Laurence is a director and theatre-maker who makes new work. His practice is based in co-creation, and often has young people at the heart of it. Laurence loves to work cross-disciplinary, with lots of work particularly centred around play and games. Increasingly he is drawn towards utopian stories, and ideas of how art can help envisage a better, kinder world.
Outside of theatre you’ll mostly find Laurence in front of a screen with a controller in his hand, and he has signed a waiver saying he’ll hand over all his worldly possessions to anyone that can beat him at Mario Kart.
We don’t run auditions for any of our projects. We think it’s a false economy that our industry forces actors as the only creatives to prove their skills constantly. Instead, we are much more interested in having conversations with artists across all disciplines about our projects as equal collaborators.
We will always put public casting calls for our projects; but if you’d like to talk to us at any point about our work or working together please get in touch below.