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The MakeShift Ensemble creates theatre on stage, off stage and all about, exploring physical ensemble performance in all its forms as a tool for engaging, affecting and passing on the story. In an age of uncertainty and change it sneakily aims to incite small acts of revolution through and for art; connecting with audiences young and old to deliver messages alongside a large dollop of enjoyment
The MakeShift Ensemble are Artistic Director/Performer/writer/puppet maker Jacqueline Avery and actor-musician/songwriter Laurence Aldridge. We are associate artists of Puppet Place, Bristol.
The MakeShift Ensemble creates theatre on stage, off stage and all about, exploring physical ensemble performance in all its forms as a tool for engaging, affecting and passing on the story. In an age of uncertainty and change it sneakily aims to incite small acts of revolution through and for art; connecting with audiences young and old to deliver messages alongside a large dollop of enjoyment.
The MakeShift Ensemble started out life in 2005 as MakeShift Theatre developing physical exploration of folk tales from around the globe; employing mask, puppetry and authentic language to bring the stories to culturally diverse audiences. The original company disbanded after two years as the members toured and performed separately. Growing, evolving, teaching and learning.
Jacqueline is a writer, director, choreographer, teacher, mask maker, puppet maker, Mother. Coming from a contemporary dance background Jacqueline’s practice continually evolves through the use of physical performance and creative collaborations, seeking to consolidate her practice through her work both practical and academic. Jacqueline has performed extensively in the world of physical and ensemble theatre and shortly after gaining her degree in theatre and performance at the University of Plymouth was fortunate enough to cut her directing teeth under the mentorship of Kneehigh Theatre Artistic Director Emma Rice for the Jonah Lie Project, a collaborative piece performed with core Kneehigh members at The Hall for Cornwall more than a decade ago. Since then her work has taken her all over the UK as performer, director and teacher helping actors, students and dancers to encounter and employ the body as a primary means of telling the story.
Along the way she has helped Quicksilver Theatre (in association with Lighthouse, Poole) instil the idea of creative and imaginative play to children across London and the South West. Workshopped and choreographed with Marc Bruce. Helped re-imagine Shakespeare with Tim Supple and most recently has worked with physical theatre pioneer David Glass learning all about the nature of creative practice, the teachings of which she has been embedding in her most recent touring productions. She hopes to further this practiceas well as attempting to complete academic papers on the nature and relationships of and in Ensemble making……..and looking after two small people, her best creations yet.
Laurence Aldridge trained at Bretton Hall College for the Arts.
From graduating in 2001 he performed across a wide range of productions including shows at Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and The Theatre Chipping Norton. He has also toured extensively across the U.K. from full scale Shakespeare productions to rural tours of new writing.
Since starting to play the guitar in 2006, Laurence has become a song-writer, performing with his political folk/punk outfit Jack of All since 2014.
More recently, Laurence has combined the two with appearances as an actor/musician in Richard III for Changeling Theatre, The Wind in the Willows for The Brewhouse, Taunton and in 2016, he was commissioned to write a new version of the music for Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children for Contexture Theatre, and was appointed Musical Director for the production.
For MakeShift, Laurence has written music for Fox and Rabbit’s Idiots’ Guide to The Owl and The Pussycat.
Since 2012, Laurence has become increasingly interested in exploring new ways of telling stories and is delighted to be part of The MakeShift Ensemble – exploring purposeful storytelling in multiple forms, combining experiences and learning from accomplished practitioners