Co Theatre Physical Ltd
Co. Theatre Physical was formed in Australia in 1995 by Beth Kayes, who brought together designer/director Carlos Gomes, composer Hope Csutoros and a number of talented collaborators and performers to create Miss Havisham’s Dream, an outdoor aerial theatre show, commissioned by and premiered at Melbourne International Festival 1995.
Miss Havisham’s Dream toured to Australian Festivals and with Marguerite Pepper Productions and Frans Brood Productions toured to international festivals, as did subsequent outdoor shows Wonder Alice Wonder and The Wrestlers. While in Australia, Co. Theatre Physical also created and presented Waltz #6, HER, Tailing Out (for the closure of the Newcastle steelworks), Landed (stories from refugee children in an Intensive English Centre in Woollongong) and A House Across Oceans, for Belvoir St Theatre's development programme in 2000. With Young Australia Workshop, Co Theatre Physical toured school shows GO! An Olympic Journey and Get The Message.
Co Theatre Physical is now based in Auckland and in 2005 and 2006 toured critically acclaimed A House Across Oceans to arts festivals throughout New Zealand. OH BABY! was the next original production created by Co Theatre Physical which premiered at Taranaki Festival ’09 and in Auckland at the Concert Chamber, August ’09, in association with STAMP at THE EDGE® and funded by Creative New Zealand and Arts Alive. OH BABY! has since toured to the Bay of Islands Festival ’10, Fuel Festival ’10, Nelson Festival ’10 and Auckland Fringe 2011.
Since 2000 Co. Theatre Physical has toured shows to schools and preschools in New Zealand and in NSW by working with Young Australia Workshop. Co Theatre Physical have a number of shows in repertoire for diverse age groups. Kindergarten shows: Super Hero and the Fairy and The Princess and the Pirate are hugely popular with preschool children, teachers and parents. Primary, intermediate and secondary shows: Tricks of the Trade, GO! An Olympic Journey, Speech Snatcher, Junk Food Detectives, Rugby Fever and our latest show Royal Jelly receive rave reviews from teachers and students as they are educative, physically dynamic and funny! Co Theatre Physical 's performers and creatives are also consistently employed as drama tutors in schools and other institutions and theatre companies to share their expertise in physical and devised theatre.
In 2017 Beth Kayes created and performed solo show Once There Was A Woman for Auckland Fringe Festival 2017 winning ‘Judges Special Commendation for (Performance)’. In 2018 she has re-worked the show as a teaching tool for secondary school drama students and has toured it in Auckland. Please see the link to the show here: https://cotheatrephysical.co.nz/touring-shows/once-there-was-a-woman/
In 2017, Royal Jelly, an environmental show about bees for primary school aged children, was commissioned by Auckland Live and was presented at Pick n Mix and in A Day at Auckland Live. Royal Jelly has been re-worked and in 2018 has toured extensively to schools in the North Island of New Zealand and to the Kidzone Festival in Invercargill. Both shows received awesome reviews and audience feedback and are ready to tour! Please see the link to Royal Jelly: https://cotheatrephysical.co.nz/school-shows/royal-jelly/
The company has a number of new shows in development which we hope to speak to at PANNZ 2019.
Please contact Beth Kayes on email@example.com or on (64) 274 625401. Our website for your perusal is www.cotheatrephysical.co.nz