Forkbeard have a broad range of skills in street & stage theatre, writing, poetry, animation, film-making, mechanical installations & interactive sculptures. Everything we do carries the common themes of innovation, humour and invention, and all with a unique Forkbeardian twist. The Forkbeard trademark mix of film, animation, cartoon and live performance has set them apart as pioneers of a new wave of multi-media work since the 1970's.
If you would like to contact us please email us here or write to: Waterslade Studios, Hockworthy, Wellington, Somerset, TA210NS
Forkbeard has been evolving for over 40 years. Originally started in 1974 as an experimental performance art group, it has developed into what is now a thriving multi media arts company, producing and presenting its highly individual brand of comic surrealism across the UK and abroad without stop. This makes Forkbeard one of the UK’s longest surviving independent performance companies. Much of the company’s development has been based around touring theatre shows but this is just one element of a diverse field of work.
Waterslade Studios are situated in the idyllic Devon countryside set in an acre of wild flowers and ponds. The Studio is a well-equipped and stimulating environment, like being in one of Forkbeard’s famous living exhibitions surrounded by a breath-taking array of giant marionettes, sculptures, mechanized peep shows, animations and automata. The great array of resources and equipment are honed to meet almost every creative need imaginable.
As well as those making up the central artistic team, Forkbeard often collaborate with outside artists and specialists on specific projects. We also have Janice May who manages the company, and a fine Board of Trustees. For further information about the core team click here
A comprehensive and curiously compulsive archival history of Forkbeard from 1974 to the present day. For students, academics, Forkbeard friends, idle surfers or the just plain nosey.
"Whatever they’re on should be available on the National Health” The SCOTSMAN
“The most brilliant theatrical event I have witnessed” MIKE HODGES Film Director & Writer
Still true to its avant-garde origins, present work (be it stage show, mechanical museum exhibit, film or sculpture) continues to champion magic, entertainment and fun.
Patrons: Terry Gilliam & Mike Hodges
Forkbeard Fantasy is a company limited by guarantee, exempt from the use of the word limited as part of its name. Registered in England and Wales: Company No: 3285861. Registered address: Waterslade Studios, Hockworthy, Wellington, Somerset TA21 0NS. Forkbeard Fantasy is a Registered Charity, No: 1060344
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