Forest Sounds Theatre make theatre and live-art that explores relationships in the political and social contexts native to late capitalism in society. That is to say, we’re interested in how we treat others, and how we treat ourselves.
Our shows are boldly experimental, and embrace a sense of the unknown. The shows tend to place audience at the centre of a surreal world that slowly opens up around them. People often say that it’s funny, raucous, and surreal. For us, it’s all about playing with traditional performance-spectator relationships, and turning audiences into collaborators for experiments with unforeseeable results. At the same time, the work we make always aims to be popular, entertaining and is almost always comedic in some way. This reflects our personal values and our desire to have conversations with everyone about perspectives we don’t feel are reflected enough. We also just like to make people laugh. There’s something in laugher we can’t quite figure out.
Forest Sounds began in 2015 as a Resident Company at Theatre Deli in Sheffield, and the company has since shown work at Alphabetti, artsdepot, Hull Truck, DINA, DNweekeND, UnShut Festival, Wardrobe Theatre, Rebuild Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. The Stage said Forest Sounds “breaks spine-bristling new ground” and the company have received positive reviews in The Stage, The Quietus, State of the Arts, RMC Media and Now Then Magazine.
We’re proud to have worked with political experts, clowns, astrophysicists, students, sound artists, video artists, dancers, aerialists, comedians, designers, as well as commercial and non-profit partners.
In our last show (in a building) A Party After End of the World we fully converted a warehouse space in Sheffield. The team of eight makers created a bicycle powered interactive dance floor – complete with VHS TV stack, aerial hoop solo-performance, and an amplified 12-foot tall robot head. The run was sold out and Samatha Williams (State of the Arts) wrote: “I found myself in a room full of almost strangers, giddy with the possibility of positive human interaction, and a new understanding that this work so subtly and cleverly has highlighted our separateness and brought us all together.”
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The work of Forest Sounds is made possible by the helping hands, support and outrageous enthusiasm that continually astounds us, and our audiences. Thank you.
“Forest Sounds Theatre create riotous political pieces of theatre. Everything they offer up leaves me thinking about things in a new way.” Theatre Deli