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Company History 

Formed in 1991 (by Kevin Tomlinson and Paul Jenkins, whilst they were studying for their Drama Degrees at Hull University), 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: "impossible not to fall for likeable Kevin Tomlinson's engaging, Shakespeare-inspired 'Seven Ages' comedy theatre show....packed houses and audience adored....genuine popular theatre, that will definitely sell out"

 

History about Kevin Tomlinson 

(Artistic Director)

Kevin Tomlinson - co-founder of Kepow Theatre Company with Paul Jenkins - studied Drama at Hull University and Acting at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

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 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.

From the very beginning, KEPOW and Kevin's focus has always been on dynamic new writing and exciting devised 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 Garrick Theatre, with Keith coming to see the production on it's opening night and giving it his blessing. In fact, for the past 20 years Kevin has worked extensively with Keith Johnstone (author of the book Impro and creator of Theatresports), in both Canada and the UK.

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). Another highlight, was playing the lead role in Keith's absurdist play Damien at the Garrick Theatre in Calgary (directed by the author).

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: www.kevintomlinson.co.uk

Twitter: @KevinTomlinson2

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