Forest Sounds Theatre make performances that use a live event to explore political and social contexts. That is to say, we’re interested in how we treat others, and how we treat ourselves.
Our shows are all boldly experimental and foster a sense of the unknown wherever they take place – from auditoriums to phone boxes or shop-fronts. These are shows that place an audience in the centre of a surreal world that slowly opens up around them.
People often say that Forest Sounds’s work is funny, raucous, and surreal. For us as artists, it’s about playing with the conventions of a social event. We want to turn audiences into collaborators, and co-conspirators.
At the same time, we aim for widespread popularity. It’s our mission to win people over. We want to share our work with all people, especially those who think experimental contemporary theatre isn’t for them. It helps that we really like making people laugh.
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