Based in Coventry, and founded by Julia Negus and Chris O’Connell in 1992, Theatre Absolute is a multi award winning theatre company. Our work is entirely driven by our relationship to the contemporary and the urban. The work we make is expressed through a mutually important relationship between text and narrative. To this end we have developed a body of work with the company’s writer and artistic director Chris O’Connell, whose plays for Theatre Absolute include the Time Out Live and double Edinburgh Fringe First winning Street Trilogy (Car, Raw, Kid), Zero, Arcade and Breathe.
We have a passion for developing the work of other writers and artists, demonstrated through the creation of both our Writing Gym and @38 development programmes.
We have toured our work across the UK many times, and into Europe and across to America. We are currently developing an artistic programme of new work for 2016/17. Check Facebook and Twitter, for regular updates.
We also have another pre-occupation, our Shop Front Theatre (SFT) space, in the heart of Coventry city centre created in partnership with Coventry City Council.
A one time fish and chip shop restaurant, now a uniquely low-fi flexible theatre with a capacity of approx. 60 seats, the SFT is the only professional space of its kind in the UK. After spending so many years on the road, never having had our own space, the SFT is a huge creative spur for the company. It has become central to how we think about and currently make our work, and since 2009, we have created some thrillingly intense pieces in the space that has been highly rewarding for both artists and audiences.
We hope in the not too distant future, that you get a chance to visit and see some of our work.