Andrew is the Artistic Director of Absolute Theatre and of Young Actors Theatre in Islington. He has worked all over the world as a Director, Designer, Acting teacher and Theatre Maker. He recently directed, designed and co-devised Absolute Theatre’s collaboration with Portugal’s Teatro do Mootemuro The Four Clowns of the Apocalypse, a production that premiered in Portugal, visited Britain and is currently on the touring circuit in Portugal and has been described as “International Theatre at its best.”

Absolute Theatre has championed European Theatre both classical and modern since it’s inception in the early 1990’s and is particularly noted for productions of Lorca’s works, notably the London premiere of Dona Rosita The Spinster and the British Premiere of The Shoemaker’s Wondrous Wife which was invited to headline Lisbon’s International Theatre Festival in Almada. Other noted productions have been Pam Gem’s Queen Christina, nominated for a Time Out theatre award, which enjoyed three London outings and was one of the first British productions to be seen in a post velvet revolution Prague, Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken and Moliere’s The Misanthrope in a version by Tony Harrison.

Absolute Theatre has also enjoyed a residency with the Theatre Royal, Bath creating such shows as Electra, a controversial staging of Spring Awakening and a sell out run of The Rivals. With the Theatre Royal Bath Andrew pioneered the idea of rehearsals open to the public so audiences could be part of the entire theatrical process. Absolute has also had a residency in Kingston Jamaica working on a spectacular community theatre piece – Jericho Stone – for the British Council. 

Young Actors Theatre trains up to 800 young people aged from 6 to adult in acting and theatre making and productions have included a new opera, Islington the Opera, Brecht’s Good Person of Szechuan, The Man of Mode and The Mysteries. 



Simon has composed music for numerous theatre productions including Cry to the Hunt – The Soho Community Play for Shared Experience, No Surrender (Remould Theatre Company’s 2nd Hull City Play), the National Youth Theatre’s White City Black Country and Possession, a large-scale piece performed at Witley Court in Worcestershire by over eighty young people. Other work includes The Interference by Tim Rose-Price, George Peele’s The Old Wife’s Tale, Steve Dinsdale’s adaptation of Mr Corbett’s Ghost by Leon Garfield (Platypus Theatre Company), A Child in the Forest (Worcester Swan), Station (Soho Theatre) and Aladdin (Byre Theatre).

He has worked with the Portuguese company Teatro do Montemuro on several pieces including Alminhas, O Canto da Cepa, Anjo do Montemuro and Louco na Serra by Peter Cann and a devised piece – Vasco na Cama. Radio credits include Fair Game, No-one Writes to the Colonel, Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance (BBC Radio 4) and The Conquest of the South Pole (Radio 3). He created scores for the dance film The Metronomic Society and his own short film Sanity, produced for Tyne Tees TV. He directed and was co-author (with Amanda Symonds) of Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do about the lives and music of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf (Latchmere/East Dulwich Tavern).

Simon’s oratorio based on John Milton’s Paradise Lost was premiered at the 1997 Three Choirs Festival and his orchestral suite At Caerlaverock was performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Kenwood House, London in July 2003. He has collaborated with Andrew on numerous projects, both for the Theatre Royal Bath – Electra, Spring Awakening, Twelfth Night, The Rivals, The Good Person of Szechwan, youth theatre productions of The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Citizenship by Mark Ravenhill, Peter Pan, Blood Wedding, The Man of Mode (Young Actors Theatre) and for Absolute – Spiel im Berg, Opera Soap, The Shoemaker’s Wondrous Wife, The Rainforest Show at Godwin School, The Crowgate and Jericho Stone as well as music for viola for a rehearsed reading of Felix Mitterer’s monologue Siberia at the Austrian Cultural Forum. He produced and composed songs for an audio version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland featuring the voices of (among others) Celia Imrie, Andy Serkis, Jonathan Pryce, Louise Jameson, Robert Lindsay and Paul Whitehouse.



Peter Cann is a writer and director whose work spans opera, large scale site specific performance and small scale touring theatre. His international work includes collaborations with Isango Ensemble in South Africa and Teatro do Montemuro in Portugal as well as work in South Korea, Bosnia, France and Eire. In the UK he has worked for companies as diverse as Birmingham Rep, Welsh National Opera, Talking Birds and the performance art collective Fine Rats International. For Absolute he wrote Jericho Stone with composers Ibo Cooper and Simon Fraser. Other work with Absolute Theatre includes the libretto for The Crowgate, a community opera set in Forest Gate and the Portland Stories project, leading to the Quarters Kids production. Cann and Fraser have also collaborated on work for Pentabus, Shared Experience, The National Youth Theatre and IslingtonThe Opera for The Young Actors Theatre.

Since 2016, Peter has been working with Cães Do Mar, a new theatre company in The Azores. Their first production Os Amores Encardidos de Padi e Balbina won best production at the 2017 Sétubal Festival and as a consequence their latest production opened the following year’s festival. The show is Rimance de Mateus é a Baleia (The Ballad of Mateus and The Whale) and is the story of a whaler from the Azores in the late 19th century and his encounter with Moby Dick. It is told with two actors and a forty piece wind band.


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