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 ’95.
Miss Havisham’s Dream toured to Australian and 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, Landed, A House Across Oceans, and touring 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.
In 2011 Co Theatre Physical performed an aerial show on the side of a skyscraper in downtown Auckland for the opening of the Rugby World Cup and has created and performed street and aerial shows Pla la la Parade and Vertical Pedestrians for THE EDGE® and Heart of the city’s ‘Random Acts of Christmas’ 2009 and 2010.
Since 2000 Co. Theatre Physical has toured shows to schools and pre-schools 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 pre-school children, teachers and parents. Primary, Intermediate and Secondary shows: Tricks of the Trade, GO! An Olympic Journey, Speech Snatcher, Junk Food Detectives and Rugby Fever receive rave reviews from teachers and students as they are educative, physically dynamic and funny! Co Theatre Physical 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.
2017 kicked off with the premiere season of Once There Was a Woman at Q Theatre Loft for the Auckland Fringe Festival. Our second premiere season for 2017 was Royal Jelly, a new show for young people commissioned by Auckland Live. Royal Jelly was presented at Pick n Mix in July and in A Day at Auckland Live in November. Both shows received awesome reviews and audience feedback and are ready to tour!