Website: http://www.fionngill.com (opens in new tab)
I am Bristol-based performer and theatre-maker whose practice draws heavily on the clown, physical performance, visual poetics and the desire to make simple but powerful theatre.
My collaborations have taken me to work with Lost Spectacles, The Plasticine Men, Triangle Theatre, Precarious, Karla Shacklock and the Bristol Old Vic, as well as my own solo work.
For Provide Life (2008)
Devised and performed by Fionn GillrnrnFor Provide Life follows a man from Eastern Europe as he travels to England in search of a better life. Imagining the world and characters around me, this dynamic one-man show presents a hopeless and amusing journey where the line between the real and the pretend is on a precarious balance.rnFor Provide Life combines mime, clowning, slapstick and an energetic physical performance to explore both the comedy and pathos in one man’s determination for prosperity. rnrnPlayed at Mayfest 2008
Lost in the Wind (2008/2009)
rnCombining slapstick, puppetry, object manipulation and delicate physical performance, Lost Spectacles take audiences gently by the hand and lead them into a dreamlike other-world. A world where bits of rubbish become waltzing lovers, giant balloons bounce through the sky and rotten vegetables make sweet music. rnrnFollow a man on his journey to find his answers about life and truely and beautifully failing. A visual and comedic spectacle about humanity’s about the fragility of humanity’s obsession with searching.rnrnu0009‘SELL OUT SHOW EDINBURGH FRINGE 2008’rnrn‘A bold, enchanting piece of physical theatre that marks Lost Spectacles as a serious prospect for the future’rnThe Scotsmanrnrn‘Spectacular and graceful… Silly yet sophisticated humour and some truly spellbinding setpieces… A strong, bracing gust of fresh air.’ rnFestrnrnTeam:rnrnCo-devised by Fionn Gill, Dan Ngyou, Naomi Rothwell, Tobi Poster and John Gould.rnPerformed by Fionn Gill, Dan Ngyou, Naomi Rothwell, Tobi Poster, Richard Kiess, Kathryn Bond and John Gould.rnCostume by Samantha KeeblernLighting by Rebecca Dailyrn
Devised by The Plasticine Menrnrn200 years ago, far off the Welsh coast, one man faced an ordeal so diabolical that it would go down in maritime legend, changing the way lighthouses were run forever.rnrnUsing original live music and little more than a ladder and a trapdoor, The Plasticine Men conjure up the confines of the infamous Smalls Lighthouse and the stormy companionship of its two keepers.rnrnBased on an extraordinary true story, an enchanting tale of the sudden loss of life and drawn out loss of sanity unfolds between the flashes of the lamp that the ill fated pair must tend each and every night.rnrnWinners of ThreeWeeks Editor’s AwardrnShortlisted for The Stage Acting AwardsrnTotal Theatre Award nomineesrnrn’A beautifully crafted piece of no-frills physical theatre’rnLyn Gardner, The Guardianrnrn’Something special’rnThe Observerrnrn’Powerful beguiling theatre, a veritable tour de force’rnBritish Theatre GuidernrnTeam: rnrnDirected and co-created by Simon DayrnrnPerformed and co-created by Martin Bonger u0026 Fionn GillrnrnSound composed and performed byu0009Lawrence WilliamsrnrnDesigned by Samantha KeeblernrnLighting by Pablo Fernandez BazrnrnCompany and Stage Manager Liam Walshrn
An ordinary man and woman have decided to get into outer space themselves. With no knowledge of space travel they are embarking on their own astronaut training, making their own spacesuits and tearing apart their kitchen appliances to build their very own rocket… and they will get to space if it’s the last thing they do!rnrnAnd what if this unlikely pair, who muddle their way into space, just so happen to discover something monumental? Something that changes our understanding of existence forever…rnrnTaking as influence the Apollo moon landings, different ideas of creation and the history of the cosmos, Fionn and his team set out to take audiences effortlessly between the domestic and the cosmic, whilst telling a human and ‘universal’ story. rnrnCommissioned and developed through Ferment, Bristol Old Vic in association with the Parabola Arts Centre and The Carriageworks.rnrnThe Team:rnrnPerformer and Director – Fionn GillrnPerformer and Co-creator – Naomi Rothwell rnText – Hattie Naylor rnStory – The Company u0026 Hattie NaylorrnLighting Design – Alberto Santos Bellido rnMusic and Sound – Chris Reed rn