Meet The Company
GASP! Theatre Company aims to create comedic performances that are farcical, daring and intelligently silly. Their aim is to exhibit thought provoking messages that express empowerment through mockery from the female perspective.
By combining written and devised work, GASP! Joins together heightened characters and powerful socio- political messages in performance.
With heels, handcuffs and fake moustaches, the focus is on exploring everyday situations in quick witted, risqué performances, promising a good night out.
Influences for GASP! include Rudolf Laban, Bertolt Brecht, Commedia Dell’Arte and sketch show comedies such as Fawlty Towers and Smack the Pony. This work has greatly impacted on our performances and has resulted in them having a heightened playing style, for example a cast which often multi-role as various exaggerations of stereotypes, that also have an absurd edge to them.
Work has recently begun on their third project, and GASP! have started the writing and devising process for this. They hope to begin ‘work in progress’ shows for this project early next year.
Various workshops will be run at The University of Kent, and available for booking at Canterbury locations across the duration of the academic year. They are also looking for current or previous students who may be interested in taking an active role in the company, both creatively and/or for technical support. GASP! aim to give students first hand experience in work alongside a professional theatre company, offering lots of opportunities for practical experience in tech, acting, stage management, devising and much more.
GASP! Theatre Company was founded at The University of Kent, and is now based in Canterbury at The School of Arts, at The University of Kent.