About Us

KILN was formed as Kindle Theatre in 2005, a company creating ensemble led performance made in collaboration with a range of artists, makers and professionals.  We reinvent narrative through a collision of art forms, plundering epic stories to create “a heady brew, of the sweetly inventive and the brazenly original (Metro). We create “ambitious projects to ignite the imagination” (Birmingham Post) and our productions are playful, made with passion and are “wildly imaginative” (The Guardian)

Early productions were devised in post-industrial factory spaces in our home city of Birmingham. Since then our performances have taken place in theatres, in the backs of van, with large ensembles of University students and even 100ft under ground in an ancient iron ore mine.

The experience of the audience is always at the centre of what we do and we strive to create unforgettable atmospheres that have been described as “exotic, mysterious, arresting” (Total Theatre)

Audiences in both the UK and overseas have seen our work which has been presented at European festivals including: Short (Rome), ACT (Bilbao), Fitt (Tarragona) and in British venues and sites including: The RSC Courtyard Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham REP, Wales Millennium Centre, Chance Brother’s Glassworks, A.E Harris metal pressing and Churches across Birmingham.

We have taught extensively in Universities, leading voice workshops and directed modules to devise ensemble productions from scratch

KILN is an associate Company of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Photo: Steven Davies

KILN Staff:

Emily Ayres Artistic Director
Sam ‘Frankie’ Fox Artistic Director
Olivia Winteringham Artistic Director
Jo Salkilld Producer / General Manager

Board of Trustees

Adam Ledger
Susie Newbery

Members of KILN ensemble:

Emily Ayres
Sam Fox
Adam Ledger
Susie Newbery
Graeme Rose
Jo Salkilld
Olivia Winteringham

Thanks to…

Arts Council England
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
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The Wellcome Trust
Arts Council Wales
Bristol Old Vic, Ferment
Cambridge Junction
National Theatre Wales, Waleslab
The Sir Barry Jackson Trust
The Basement, Brighton
The ShowRoom, Chichester
China Plate