Born and raised in Stockport, Katie West completed her actor training at Drama Centre London. Theatre productions includes Chamaco (HOME) Lela & Co (Royal Court), Carmen Disruption (Almedia), Hamlet, Blind-Sided, Blithe Spirit (all Royal Exchange Manchester), Macbeth (Manchester International Festival/Park Avenue Armory, New York), The Thrill of Love (New Vic), A Taste of Honey (Sheffield Crucible), 65 Miles (Hull Truck), Vote of Confidence (Theatre 503), Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange Manchester) and Sense (Southwark Playhouse).
Katie’s television credits include Doctors, Without You and United. Katie’s film credits include Cinderella.
Founded in 2005 by animator & illustrator Paul Barritt, and writer & performer Suzanne Andrade, 1927 came together when the tremendously talented performer Esme Appleton joined them, suggesting that the pair merged animation and live performance to see what might happen…but something was missing…enter Lillian Henley, composer and pianist. A decade on 1927 are still experimenting with what happens when performance, live music with animation come together.
Having cut its teeth on the London cabaret scene, in 2007, 1927 premiered its debut show Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Offers of international touring came flooding in, and 1927 enlisted the help of producer Jo Crowley. In the 3 years that followed, the show was presented over 2 sell-out London seasons, toured throughout the UK and internationally, being awarded the Peter Brook Empty Space Award for Best Ensemble along the way. Jo became a permanent and essential fixture.
In 2010 1927 premiered their “difficult second album” show The Animals and Children took to the Streets at the Sydney Opera House. Despite the company fearing the show would be a flop, hated far and wide, the show was presented over 400 times in 80 venues across 28 countries including 3 seasons at the National Theatre London.
In 2012, 1927 collaborated with Komische Opera Berlin, to conceive and create a reimagining of The Magic Flute. Since its Berlin premiere, the show has won 2 Opera World Awards, continues to play in repertoire, and 3 new productions have been mounted thus far at Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Minnesota Opera.
1927’s third show – Golem, a 1927 co-production with Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris & Young Vic Theatre had its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in August 2014. In 2014, 1927 also presented Paul Barritt’s short film White Morning, at Sundance, Florida, and the London Short Film Festival and Paul collaborated with Ensemble MusikFabrik to create A Tribute to Krazy Kat, a live music and animation performance, which premiered in Dresden in October.
1927 are based in Margate and London, and alongside being Associate Company here at HOME, they are also Associate’s at the Young Vic Theatre and Resident Artists at Stratford Circus.
Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. They make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, their work begins and ends with the people in the room. Over the last 18 years, they’ve collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who’ve never done anything like this before. Their work seeks to create the circumstances for a conversation between strangers.
Quarantine’s work is about the here and now. In its form, content and process of creation, it examines the world around us. They’ve made 30 original pieces of work of varying scale: family parties, karaoke booths, cookery lessons, radio broadcasts, reading rooms and journeys in the dark for one person at a time – as well as performances on stage for audiences in seats. They’ve worked with philosophers, soldiers, chefs, children, florists, opera singers and countless others. The work is made out of lengthy and intimate research with its performers, often working with people who are rarely seen on stage.