The Lecoq-trained mime ensemble Theatre ad Infinitum have moved to the front of the pack – The Guardian

About the Company

Theatre Ad Infinitum is an international ensemble of theatre-makers based in Bristol, UK, that develops new and original theatre for diverse audiences.

Founded in 2007, Theatre Ad Infinitum is lead by Co-Artistic Directors, Nir Paldi and George Mann, and has been creating and touring critically acclaimed, award-winning productions for 10 years.

Theatre Ad Infinitum’s mission is to create theatre that examines social and political themes through innovative storytelling and bold experimental styles, making something completely different each time; to work with an international ensemble of talented practitioners, making theatre that draws upon the power of the body and movement; and to challenge, move and provoke global audiences by igniting passionate debate about urgent issues.

Theatre Ad Infinitum is proud to be Associate Artist at Redbridge Drama Centre (2009-2017) and Associate Artist Alumni at Bush Theatre (2011-2013) and The Lowry (2011-2017).

Past Productions:

Bucket List (World Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival, August 2016) Town Hall Cherubs (2015-16) Light (2014) Ballad of the Burning Star (2013), Translunar Paradise (2011), The Big Smoke (2010), Odyssey (2009) and Behind the Mirror (2008).

A Brief History

In 2008 Theatre Ad Infinitum made a name for itself at the Edinburgh Festival where the company was named the Observer’s Best of Fringe (Behind the Mirror). In 2009 the company’s Odyssey won The Stage Award for Best Solo Performer, and was later shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award in 2010. In 2011, their third piece, The Big Smoke, won an Argus Angel Award, a nomination for a Manchester Theatre Award and Canadian Dora Award, and won the United Solo Festival’s Best International Show Award in New York USA in 2014. Translunar Paradise, their fourth piece, received the 1st Prize BE Festival Development Award in 2010 as a work-in-progress. Then, in 2011, the finished production won a raft of awards including: the Fringe Review ‘Outstanding Theatre Award’ (Edinburgh 2011), The Observer’s Alternative Award 2011, the Brave New World Award at MESS International Theatre Festival, Sarajevo 2011, the Liverpool Daily Post – Best Fringe Show Award 2011, and the company’s second consecutive Argus Angel Award 2012 (Brighton Fringe). Translunar Paradise went on to tour the world, highlights include a three month tour of Brazil and a sold out run at Barbican as part of the London International Mime Festival (LIMF) 2012. In 2013 the company’s 5th show, Ballad of the Burning Star, received three awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 including Ad Infinitum’s 2nd Stage Award, this time for Best Ensemble, and numerous award nominations. Following its London premiere at Battersea Arts Centre in 2014, Ballad of the Burning Star won an Off West End Award. Light, Ad Infinitum’s latest production world premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it sold out and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award. In January 2015 Light was a highlight at the London International Mime Festival where it enjoyed a sold-out run at The Pit, Barbican and was met with critical acclaim including a five star review in The Times. Our next production, Bucket List, is currently being researched and developed, and will premiere at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe… watch this space.



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