Shanghai ACT Festival 2017

ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival 2017

In collaboration with ACT Festival 2017 we are presenting a programme of new performance work made in England, designed to reach new audiences in new places. The showcase will introduce a selected group of England’s brightest performance companies, to festival organisers and programmers from across South East Asia; with the ambition of developing new partnerships, collaborations and ways of working.

The showcase includes:


Andy Field

8-10 December, Museum of Contemporary Art
Andy Field is an artist, writer and curator based in London whose work has been presented across the UK and internationally. He creates projects across a range of forms and disciplines that invite us to consider our relationships to the spaces we inhabit and the people around us.

Created in collaboration with local school children, Lookout is a one-to-one encounter between one adult audience member and one child performer in which they imagine the future of their city. 



Catherine Ireton 

8 – 10 December, TAO Hair
Catherine Ireton is a theatre maker and songwriter based in South East England. She specialises in creating performances for both theatres and site-specific spaces where music can have an immediate connection with the audience. Her solo shows include For all the fires not yet lit, Leaving Home Party and What is it about that night?  Catherine’s work is produced by Farnham Maltings.

In Good Hands is an interactive, two-person musical performed in a working salon inspired by the world of hairdressers – of secrets, trust and our human need to share and connect.



Dancing Brick

13-14 December, Micro Theatre 1933

Dancing Brick is a theatre company based in the South East of England that makes bold, poetic, visual theatre. They have been nominated for two Total Theatre Awards, won the Arches Brick Award and the Guardian’s Best of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Based on one of the oldest poems in English, Perle tells the story of a young father coming to terms with loss. This new version re-imagines the classic text as a live comic book using animation, mime and an original electronic soundtrack.



Still House

14-16 December, Experimental Theatre, Shanghai International Dance Centre
Through his company Still House, Dan Canham makes visually poetic work within a variety of forms that includes dance, theatre and film. Primarily engaged with live performance as choreographer/dancer; what lies at the heart of the work is an exploration that puts the felt experience andpresence of the performer(s) at its core.

In Of Riders and Running Horses five female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together.



Bread and Circuses

16 – 17 December, Micro Theatre 1933
Danny Braverman and Nick Phiippou co-founded the original Bread and Circuses Theatre Company in 1983. Led by Danny as its Artistic Director, the Company is developing new projects, including a workshop production in 2016 of Something Inside So Strong at Arcola Theatre London, a new musical written by Danny based on the songs of Labi Siffre.

Wot? No Fish!! is an extraordinary story about love and art, history and fish balls that tells the story of how Danny Braverman discovered the lost art of his Great-uncle Ab.




ACT, programmed by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, is an annual event and the main channel through which SDAC introduces international contemporary theatre to Chinese audiences. For more information visit