★★★★★ ‘No-one else makes theatre quite like this’
Time Out on Dinomania, 2019
Kandinsky makes and tours new devised theatre nationally and internationally. Each show is made collaboratively, with an ensemble of performers and creatives. It allows us to make theatre that is not only playful and entertaining, but which disrupts, challenges and enlivens an audience’s view of the world.
With commissions from theatres including Royal Exchange Manchester, New Diorama London, and Schauspielhaus Wien; our shows have toured the UK and transferred internationally to the Schaubühne, Berlin and 59E59 Theater New York.
The company is run by James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney.
James co-founded Kandinsky with Al Smith. Credits with Kandinsky include: SHTF (Director/Writer), The Winston Machine (Director/Writer), There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From the Luddite Rebellion (Director/Writer), Dinomania (Director/writer), Trap Street (Director/Writer), Still Ill (Director/Writer), Dog Show (Director), Limehouse Nights (Director/Writer), Enola (Performer/Director), Radio (Director), On Wonderland (Director), The Bird (Director/Performer), The Bee (Performer).
Other work includes: The Language of Kindness – Shoreditch Town Hall and Touring (Co-Director/Adaptor with Sasha Milavic Davies), The Merchant of Venice – LAMDA (Director), Persuasion – Royal Exchange (Dramaturg/co-adaptor with Jeff James), The Kid Stays In The Picture – Royal Court (co-adaptor and co-director with Simon McBurney), Beware of Pity – Schaubuhne (co-adaptor and co-director with Simon McBurney) Lionboy by Marcelo Dos Santos for Complicite – Tricycle and International Tour (Co-Director with Clive Mendus); Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood – Harold Pinter Theatre (Associate Director); The Master and Margarita by Complicite from Bulgakov – Barbican & International Tour (Associate Director).
Lauren is a writer, producer and dramaturg. She joined Kandinsky in 2015. Work with the company includes Dog Show (as producer/dramaturg), Still Ill, Trap Street, Dinomania (all as producer/co-writer), and There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (as co-creator/dramaturg). She is also co-creator/dramaturg on the company’s forthcoming show, SHTF.
Lauren is a graduate of the Royal Court Playwriting course, and in 2020, she graduated from the Creative Writing MA at University of East Anglia, where she held the David Higham scholarship. Credits beyond the company include in-development projects Bump by Kelly Jones & Fanboy by Joe Sellman-Leava, dramaturgy work at LAMDA and producing The Claim at Shoreditch Town Hall & MITSp Festival Sao Paulo. She’s written about arts and culture for Exeunt, The Stage and The Guardian, and also worked for two years in the literary team at Clean Break Theatre Company, where she co-edited their monologue collection Rebel Voices (Methuen, 2019).
Kandinsky is registered charity no. 1134756
Trustees: Michael Walling (chair), Julian Connerty, Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani, Sofia Stephanou, Jemma Tabraham, Lucy Williams.
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