The Gramophones are a theatre company based in Nottingham, who specialise in witty, interactive theatre with a twinkle in its eye. Their work is informed by clowning techniques and as a result is playful, fun and engaging. They place their audiences at the centre of their performances and regard them not only as voyeurs but as players in their work. All members of The Gramophones have a wealth of experience working within theatre as both performers and practitioners. They are an all female company who came together in 2009 through the chance discovery of notes in cafes. They read ‘Looking for quirky performers for a theatre project’. They were placed there by Hannah Stone, Artistic Director, to bring a group of like-minded theatre makers together.
In 2009 The Gramophones were commissioned by HATCH Nottingham to make a piece of theatre for their HATCH:Abroad event which was an event that took over the whole of Broad Street in Nottingham for a night of the unexpected. The piece created was the starting point for their show Anything to Declare, a quirky comedy on the theme of holidays, which went on to receive a five star review at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. This show will be touring rural venues in 2013.
In 2o10 they were invited by Theatre Writing Partnership to take part in their Crossovers scheme to develop a new piece of theatre. They worked alongside TWP and Claire Duffy of Unlimited Theatre to create their children’s show, Wild Duck. This show will be touring primary schools later in the year.
In April 2012 three women made a daring and unusual journey from one end of Great Britain to the other. Trusting only to their resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers they made an 18-day journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats. They completed their unusual expedition on as many varieties of transport as they possibly could with only one pound per mile to do it.
In End to End they tell the uplifting and heartwarming story of their journey, the trials and tribulations faced along the way, and the unexpected acts of kindness they encountered. Exploring friendship, personal risk and momentary connections made on the road, they wonder whether the seeds planted will grow into something more meaningful. The trio take the audience on a unique journey leaving them itching for their own adventure. The show recently toured from Lands End to John O’Groats.