Strangeface is a theatre company committed to producing an intimate fusion of mask, puppetry and music. Their practice creates theatre in a variety of spaces, making the audience aware of it’s own imaginative participation. They create theatre that is multi-layered and as capable of engaging the young and the old for the same and different reasons. Strangeface make events not products, using performances as catalysts to social gatherings and at the heart of all their projects is the idea that identity is more transient than we would usually believe
The Guardian has described their masks as “shooting straight for the heart”. Their distinctive style blends mask and puppet play and visual inspiration diversely drawn from Japanese masks, Tim Burton, Jan Švankmajer and Jiří Barta. They provide commissions, workshops, exhibitions and mask sets regionally, nationally and internationally.
Work includes touring a full mask piece “Shooting the Moon” to venues nationally, an outdoor commission “Fen Boy” for the Creative People and Places project Transported Art, a new piece in development on Cognitive Dissonance in partnership with University of Kent and a Puppet festival in Kent.