Kim is Kane’s mum. She is the person who is the inspiration for the show, it is her lived experience and her relationship with Kane that has provided much of the provocation for the show. These are her thoughts on the process:
My first response is one of pride in my son, his ability to turn a difficult situation into an informative and entertaining piece of art that will be very cathartic for his growth as well as sharing this important issue with the public is innovative and awe inspiring.
On a deeper level, gratitude is my attitude, through many years of cycling between the heights and depths of mental torment, my confidence has been stripped, the reflections of my personal growth has been extremely challenging for me to survive with wellness, what my son is creating I am experiencing on several levels, the most relevant is the empowerment of acceptance beyond all doubt.
On a personal level I am trying to detach myself, Kane and Tid and the team have invited me to collaborate on the production of the show, their gentle approach towards me and constant reassurance as they develop the content of the show affirms the depth of love and understanding my son offers me.
Recently a new mum asked me how does this affect me, and I laughed in my response, as I said “be mindful of your growing bond with your child cos your son might just end up making a play about it that might bite you on the ass”.
Kane is Kim’s son. He is an Actor, Theatre Maker and Musician based in Manchester. He developed much of his artistic practice while working with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company and as part of the first ‘Made in Bristol‘ cohort which produced ‘The Wardrobe Ensemble‘. He graduated from Manchester School of Theatre in 2015 with a BA Hons in Acting.
His past collaborations have included ‘Fairground’ and most recently he worked with ‘Rogue Bones’ to devise ‘ANTI_Social Media’ in collaboration with The Lowry and Paines Plough as part of their roundabout project. The show was selected to by Paines Plough to premiere before their own roundabout performance.
Mental is Kane’s first solo project under Kane Power Theatre. The premise of Mental is to approach a subject rarely openly talked about, tackle and question it with stories, humour, pathos, physicality and song. At root, Kane is interested in making meaningful and playful work that welcomes audiences seeking entertainment that also encourages them to think and feel.
Tom is an actor, facilitator, and project coordinator currently working on a number of diverse projects. In whatever form, Tom is keen to use the arts to engage, inspire and challenge communities and individuals across the UK and further afield.
As a Project Coordinator for the Imperial War Museum North, Tom runs a project called ‘Serving Stories’ which aims to foster mutual respect, empathy and understanding between intergenerational communities in the Trafford area. Using the medium of storytelling, the project takes veterans from conflicts spanning the last century in to schools and colleges to expose young people to the power of conflict.
Tom works as both mentor and facilitator with the 225 Academy, a project that engages communities of young people across the world and encourages them to question and reframe notions of success and leadership in a shifting global climate.
Tom has known the team since he was a teenager attending sessions at Bristol Old Vic Young Company. He is an associate artists of The Wardrobe Ensemble and has performed in RIOT, 33 1972: The Future of Sex.
Alice is a Bristol based actor, improviser and theatre maker. She has known the team working on Mental since her time making theatre as part of Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Since graduating from Manchester school of Theatre, Alice has become a member of the Impromptu Shakespeare Company and has collaborated on a number of projects with local theatre makers, most recently, Fen theatre.
Chris is a Bristol based actor and theatre maker. He made much of his work with the team as part of Bristol Old Vic Young Company and performed in Good Clown Bad Clown Directed by John Retallack. Farish is a physical performer and a founder member of Twisted Theatre, with whom he performed a short dance film Swarm, he played a leading role as the Light and was also in the physical adaptation of Othello where he played Iago. Farish has performed at the BAC and the Young Vic in two leading roles. His most recent role has been the national touring show Luna with Theatre Hullaballoo and Theatre Iolo.
Peter Swaffer Reynolds is a musician, composer and musical director. He has written music since 1989 and was the MD and composer for No Fit State Circus. He has worked for Welsh National Opera, National Theatre of Wales, Bristol Old Vic, Green Ginger and Moon Fool Theatre Company.
Peter’s work combines composition and improvisation – ‘improsition’. The emphasis is on text or event acting as an underlying score to music. While in Sweden he developed an interest in ‘found sound layering’ – where the sound introduced into a composition tells the story. During the first decade of the millennium he worked with a series of cinematic scores for art pieces. This influenced his subsequent work in theatre. ‘The note is not the music. It’s a measurement of pitch, volume and tone. The melody hides in the interval. The story is everything but the story.’ He founded ofciproductions to enable his research into sound and music.
FRSA | Clore Theatre Fellow | BA (Hons) Modern Liberal Arts
Tid is a collaborative theatre maker and teacher. When making shows he works in roles traditionally recognised as director, dramaturg, writer, movement director and choreographer. He trained initially at East 15 Acting School where he received the Henry Cotton Award for Acting. He then received training in Bodyweather movement practises handed down by Butoh Dancer Min Tanaka through Richard Harding. Following this he went on to work with a Lecoq based theatre company, where he trained intensely in physical theatre, movement, visual storytelling and techniques inspired by Jacques Lecoq.
Tid was a director and teacher while at Bristol Old Vic (2005 – 2011) working on productions across the Theatre Royal, Studio and outdoor stages. While at Bristol Old Vic he was responsible for the creation and delivery of a graduate/emerging artist development programme entitled ‘Made In Bristol’ which led to the formation of ‘The Wardrobe Ensemble’. He created ‘some of the best theatre work seen at the venue’ (Guide to Bristol) and re-defined the standard of theatre made by young people through his leadership and teaching of, the then 400 strong, Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Tid also collaborated with Tom Morris on Juliet and Her Romeo where he was movement director for Bristol Old Vic.
As Artistic Director of Fairground (2007-2013) Tid created and directed all of Fairgrounds productions in collaboration with a range of artists. He received a nomination for an Off West End Theatre Award (OFFIE) as Best Director for his work on Fairgrounds Bonnie and Clyde, which was later published by Oberon books.
In 2011 Tid became the Theatre Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme and a Fellow of The RSA.
In 2012 Tid was Artistic Director of Lakeside Theatre where he re-imagined the organisational vision and strategy and led a complete re-brand. While there he introduced an engagement strategy which included a student and community theatre company, a youth theatre company, a writing programme, and open mic nights.
Since 2013 Tid has been working closely with Superbolt Theatre both in a creative capacity as associate director and dramaturg, and in a facilitative capacity helping them develop their overall vision and strategy. His most recent work with them includes the sell-out success Jurassic Park aka Dinosaur Park. He worked again with Hannah Osborne as consultant director on Licensed To Ill which also enjoyed critical acclaim and sell-out success at Camden People’s Theatre and Southwark Playhouse.
Hannah is an independent producer who also acts as general manager for Superbolt Theatre. Before setting up and running The Corner Shop Events, a theatre production and general management company, Hannah Osborne was the General Manager of The Corner Shop PR. Previously she has worked for Complicite, Avalon Press & Promotions and Warwick Arts Centre, as well as undertaking placements at Sonia Friedman Productions and Jamie Hendry Productions during her studies. Hannah co-founded theatre company curious directive and now sits on their board of trustees.
Hannah is excited to bring her producing experience to Mental, and is looking forward to seeing what the future brings for this important collaboration.
Ina Berggren acts as production manager for Mental, taking care of all things light, sound, stage and tech. She is a freelance stage and production manager as well as a theatre technician. She has been based in London since 2008, she is originally from Sweden where she started her career before moving to the UK. Ina went to Drama College in Sweden with focus on Stage and Lighting and has worked in the industry for the last 8 years. At the moment, as well working on Mental, she is working as production and stage manager for Superbolt Theatre, Licensed to Ill, and Patrick Creative Productions.
Ruby Spencer Pugh
Ruby is a scenographer, designing and making costumes and sets for theatre and film, she is the designer on Mental.