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Company History 

KEPOW specialise in new writing and devised theatre, that is innovative, exciting and dynamic.

Over the past 25 years KEPOW have toured the length and breadth of the UK, in the process, winning a "clutch of awards" (the Independent on Sunday). These include: the Sunday Times Playwright Award and the Rose Bruford Trust Directors Award.

The company have toured the world, performing in: Hawaii, New Zealand, Canada, America, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Norway, Bali, UAE, France and Holland. They have, collectively, worked with some of Britain's leading theatres and theatre companies: The National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

In recent years, the company have also undertaken numerous rural tours around the UK and have appeared on 24 Rural Touring schemes: most notably in Cornwall, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Devon.

Lyn Gardner of The Guardian saw SEVEN AGES at the Edinburgh Festival and wrote: "packed houses and audience adored....genuine popular theatre, that will definitely sell out"


History about Kevin Tomlinson 

(Artistic Director)

Kevin studied Drama at Hull University, before studying acting and theatre-making at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, the Royal Court Theatre International Summer School and extensively with John Wright, Clive Barker and Monika Pagneux.

He has won numerous awards including; the Sunday Times Playwright Award (for his play Who?) and the Rose Bruford Trust Directors Award. This second award, enabled him to go and train at the Royal Court Theatre in London as a writer/director at their International Summer School for a month. Whilst there he was taught by: Stephen Daldry, David Hare, Stephen Jefferies, Bill Gaskill, James Macdonald, Cicely Berry, Caryl Churchill, Howard Brenton and many other leading theatre practitioners.

KEPOW and Kevin's focus is always on staging dynamic new writing and exciting devised or improvised theatre. In New Zealand, The Times described their first internationally toured show On The Edge as: "excellent...a must see show! A great way to spend a couple of hours at the theatre". At the Edinburgh Festival, meanwhile, On the Edge received 5 star reviews and a sell out run, with the Edinburgh Herald describing it as; "magical comedy theatre...refreshingly honest and hilarious....a wonderful, dynamic show". It has since been seen at over 150 venues across the UK.

Kevin has directed over 40 plays professionally, both for KEPOW and as a freelance director. A particular highlight, was directing the world premiere of Keith Johnstone's play Open Season in Canada at the Garry Theatre (with Keith dropping in to rehearsals to offer advice and guidance and coming to the opening night, to give it his blessing). In fact, for the past 22 years Kevin has worked extensively with Keith Johnstone (author of the book Impro and creator of Theatresports), in both Canada and the UK. He is now considered a leading world expert on the work and ideas of Keith Johnstone.

He has performed in several of Keith's plays in both Canada and the UK (playing the lead role of Damian in Keith's play of the same name and St Peter in The Invitation). He has also taught Keith's techniques at the National Theatre in London and at numerous top UK drama schools. He has co-directed Maestro alongside Keith at the Loose Moose Theatre in Canada and appeared in Gorilla Theatre, alongside current Loose Moose Theatre director Dennis Cahill. 

As an actor, one of Kevin's highlights was performing alongside Jonathan Pryce and the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in the Royal Court Theatre show Micestro for charity at the famous Hackney Empire; directed by Keith Johnstone and Phelim McDermott (Improbable Theatre).

Kepow's current show Seven Ages (created with Keith Johnstone's help) received 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and a standing ovation on the last night. It has since gone on to be seen all over the UK and abroad; 14 countries and counting. 

In 2019, KEPOW will be performing Beneath the Blue Rinse at the Park Theatre in London.

More details at:

Twitter: @KevinTomlinson2

Facebook: Kevin Tomlinson 



In the Summer of 2018, Kevin and Abi appeared in the world premiere of SPIRAL at The Park Theatre in London: