A theatre company without boundaries, Tangle finds new and inventive ways for people living in the UK’s largest and most rural region to connect and collaborate cross-culturally in ongoing artistic exchange. Their work grows appreciation of BAME-led theatre in areas historically poorly served; is open to all ages, ethnicities and abilities; and offers a positive, enabling tool helping people adjust to the mixed racial demographic of contemporary England.

Tangle is South West England’s African Caribbean theatre company. They provide the region’s communities with access to inspiring theatre, which they make in two forms:

  • Flexible, sans decor performances led by in-house virtuoso ensemble Tangle Company, which tour annually and are specially designed to offer a strong first entry point to BAME theatre for those who haven’t had the experience before
  • Biennial full productions attractive to a range of small and mid scale, traditional and site specific venues from theatres to schools and community spaces.

Tangle’s many other activities include specialist education work, skills development training and e-mentoring.

A Creative Approach

Tangle’s work is international in ambition looking to influences from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Distinctive live performance work combines Southern African township and collective theatre approaches with Western techniques, bringing together ensemble acting; poetry; song and music; practical lighting; and live and recorded sound. Tangle delivers global theatre that is accessible to all: much of their work is multi-lingual. Performed with no fourth wall, the audience is always at the centre of the action.

Arts Award

Tangle supports Arts Award achievement at all levels by enabling creative development through participation in workshops, providing opportunities for collaborative work, and extending the cultural experiences of young people.

Detailed Discovery Packs (available for free via Tangle’s website) accompany each touring project, helping teachers and educators to both prepare for their visits and expand upon the topics covered in future lessons. Their Discovery Packs are curriculum linked at KS2, KS3 and KS4, and include lesson plans plus activities and games suitable for a range of age groups.

Partnership Working

One of Tangle’s strengths is the company’s commitment to partnership working. With collaborations and partnerships prevalent throughout the region, a range of localities have been able to broaden their cultural and artistic offer, providing a range of accessible, flexible activities with Tangle that nurtures community appreciation for African Caribbean theatre and pioneers new artistic concepts.

The 2016/17 case study SHIFTING THE LANDSCAPE provides further information about Tangle’s creative development, productions and partnerships.

You can keep up to date with their work by following on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Take a look around the Tangle website for more information about Tangle and what they do.

If you would like further information, to book Tangle or to discuss creative collaborations, please email administrator@tangleinternational.com