Sketty is a devising theatre company that fuses text, puppetry and movement to create original and emotive theatre. The company are committed to creating work that tackles contemporary and evocative themes and ideas, and they particularly focus on encouraging active discussion and engagement with young people.
Sketty was co-founded in 2005 and has since enjoyed three critically-acclaimed shows. The company’s debut show, Imogen, received major critical-acclaim whilst touring the country, being featured at venues such as the Bristol Old Vic Studio and the Ustinov Studio, Bath. Since then, the company has produced two other shows, Feral and Tom’s, both of which were a major success and received unanimous praise.
The company has previously received support from the NT Studio, the Soho Writers’ Centre, The Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the Arts Council England.
They are currently developing their fourth production, RESULT, which centres around mental health and football. For more details please see PRESENT
A list of artists and biogs:
Alex Clarke (Co-Founder) Toby Clarke (Co-Founder) Rupert Cross (Composer)
Toby trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and with the National Theatre Studio as a Writer and Director. Before joining the National Youth Theatre as Playing Up Manager, he worked as Head of Performing Arts at Ovalhouse for three years. As a Freelance Director, he currently works for the Donmar Warehouse, the Lyric Hammersmith and is Head Acting Coach with Identity School of Acting. Toby is also a Playwright, was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize 2014 and his fourth show, Result, will be touring Nationally in the Autumn with his own Production Company, Sketty Theatre. He works in film and TV as an Acting Coach and has recently collaborated on two BAFTA-nominated BBC Dramas. Toby is also a Dad which is his toughest job but proudest achievement.
Alex Clarke has been acting in film and theatre for over ten years. As well as performing in all Sketty shows he has performed in a variety of theatre productions including Deborah Warner’s Julius Caesar at the Barbican Theatre, a UK tour of award winning Bound by Bear Trap theatre company and a number of Theatre In Education productions across the UK. Alex is an associate of When In… Productions, a film company which won Best Short for the 48 Hour Film Festival last year. He is also a freelance 3D Animator and 2D Illustrator and is Theatre Manager at Ovalhouse, a venue in South London which focuses on young and emerging artists.
Rupert Cross has worked as an Assistant and Music Programmer for Patrick Doyle at both Shepperton Studios and 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles for the films Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor, La Ligne Droite, Sarajevo and Sir Billi the Vet, the documentary Jig and the concert pieces Impressions of America and Tam O’Shanter. He has written music for the Barbican, National Theatre Studio, B.A.C., The Old Vic Tunnels, Silk Street Theatre, The Albany Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, New Wimbledon Theatre, Ovalhouse, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, Resolution! festival, Latitude Festival, the New Music Festival and The City Of London Festival.