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.
In 2017 Once There Was a Woman premiered at Q Theatre Loft for the Auckland Fringe, winning ‘Judges Special Commendation for Performance’ and in 2019 was performed at NZ Fringe, receiving a nomination for ‘Outstanding Performer’. Also in 2017, children’s show Royal Jelly, about bees and the environment, was commissioned by Auckland Live and premiered at Pick n Mix and A Day at Auckland Live. Royal Jelly has enjoyed many tours to schools throughout NZ and NSW and continues to tour in 2020.
2020 kicked off with our premiere of GET OUT OF MY LETTER BOX for ‘Summer at Q’ and Auckland Fringe, receiving rave reviews. In June we will also premiere our new show for children, Monarch, a show about butterflies, scientists and the environment which will tour schools in the North Island.