Icarus creates theatre that is kinetic, intellectual, and visceral: Theatre that moves.
We choose to relish what others shy away from, show what others daren't; destroy boundaries when others would create rules. We explore the beauty of the text and skill of the actor to consider harsh, brutal themes with a modern examination of Theatre of the Absurd in classic and contemporary storytelling.
Theatre has the power to change the world: to enlighten, to delight, and most importantly theatre is vital to mental health and even the physical health of the country: when our souls are light, the body follows. Theatre is the oxygen driving the engine of the country.
We are changing our focus to tackle the increasingly dangerous nativist, misogynist, and racist rhetoric unleashed in the wake of the post-US-election, post-Brexit era. We will:
-Put female, EU, and BAME artists in staff positions and the central role of new productions
-Ensure disability and demographic are no barrier to making art
-Defy the stigmas surrounding mental health, proving it is a prevalent issue in our society and one that all our central characters live with.
Diversity of opinion is encouraged to create our work. Through our placement programmes, we are committed to engaging everyone from experienced artists to placement students in continuous, lifelong learning.
We aim to produce two mid-scale tours and one fringe production every year that are intellectual, visceral and engaging, and always kinetic & dynamic: theatre that moves.
Icarus aims to team artists from the international community with British artists, and experienced artists with promising young professionals. We enable both groups to build rapport and grow as artists. We will seek out those who have the potential to become their best under our wing.
We supplement our professional productions with a rich range of educational work, taking our artists and workshop leaders into schools and bringing schools backstage to theatres. Participants will not sit through lectures, but instead will work hands-on with us through customised workshops and activities.