Cloud Cuckoo Land is an interdisciplinary ensemble. Our plays and installations are created through collaborations between groups of people with very different skills and experiences. We’re always looking for people to work with – especially people who’ve taken an unusual route into theatre, or have a surprising mix of skills or distinctive approach.
You can find out more about some key company members by clicking on our photos:
Musical Director / Early Years Lead, Beth Hopkins – Composer and multi-instrumentalist Beth devised and performed in What Big Eyes, Ding Dong, and Ariel On The Cliff (which she also composed). She plays clarinet, banjo, violin, recorders and other wind instruments. Beth’s other compositions include Follow The Bookworm for The Play House, and she facilitates workshops for Multicultural Music Making, exploring a range of music traditions with 8-11 year olds in Ladywood. She completed Arts Connect’s CPD programme for Early Years arts facilitators, Moonbeams, researching how music can stimulate movement in nurseries. Beth is also a solo singer-songwriter, and sings/plays with The Nature Centre (Brummie Avant-pop): she’s been playing in bands since 2005, appearing at Latitude Festival, The Secret Garden Party, La Fleche D’Or, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and on a live BBC Radio 1 session for Huw Stevens at Maida Vale. http://www.bethanykay.co.uk
Artistic Director, Katerina Pushkin – Director, writer and performer Katerina writes and directs our plays and installations. She loves environmental design, sensory effects and projections. Her freelance directing includes musical versions of Alice In Wonderland, Puss In Boots and The Wizard of Oz. She’s got an MA in Digital Arts for Performance and trained with Lev Dodin at St Petersburg’s Maly Drama Theatre, Paul Hunter at Told By An Idiot, Justin Audibert on a JMK Residency & Natalie Abrahami at The Young Vic, as well as completing Birmingham REP’s Foundry development scheme. Find out more at http://www.katerinapushkinplays.wordpress.com
Associate Director, Jess Clixby – Jess has co-designed all our installation projects, inc. Sensory Street, Dooville & Technicolor Town (Bham REP), Northfield Robofest (Fun Palaces), Stardust (Theatre Hullabaloo) and Elmer’s Swamp (mac Birmingham). She has a portfolio of diverse skills from sensory prop making and textiles design (she made the giant patchwork canopy for Elmer’s Swamp) to writing, dramaturgy and an MA in children’s literature.
Associate Artist (Actor), Todd Jennings
Associate Artist (Set Design), Ebrahim Nazier
Creative Consultant, Natalie Mason – Founding ensemble member, composer and multi-instrumentalist Natalie co-devised and performed in both What Big Eyes and Ding Dong, helping to shape the company’s ethos and approach. She continues to work closely with us, contributing her considerable expertise to our strategic planning as we grow the company. Natalie’s worked extensively as a music facilitator in challenging areas, including with street youth in Cape Town and in Ladywood / Walsall primary schools through her own project Multicultural Music Making, so she brings a wealth of relevant expertise.