Todos Teatro was founded in 2018 by co-Artistic Directors Bethan Screen & Annabel Morley.
We make exciting and engaging theatre in response to environmental crises for young audiences and their families. Our goal is to educate and inspire children and families to make positive ecological change and to make high-quality, accessible theatre for young audiences.
Bethan and Annabel met studying European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College back in 2011 where they also had the opportunity to live and work together at Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico, Murcia in Spain. Neither of us were fluent in Spanish and it was here that we realised the power of theatre as a tool for universal communication. There was no barrier too big when it came to understanding the realm of physical storytelling and, even though we couldn’t hold an intricate conversation with our classmates, we laughed and cried together in a combined understanding through mime, listening, watching and sharing.
Now we combine Bethan’s experience in physical theatre, puppetry and clown together with Annabel’s directorial vision and passion for education and ensemble theatre and our love of making work for young audiences. This has become our trademark style for Todos Teatro.
Like many people, we are no longer able to ignore the devastating impact humans are having on our planet and the urgency for solutions to be found. We are in awe of young people who are at the heart of fighting for a better world and future and want to make excellent theatre to inspire them and their families.
Our Journey So Far
We began developing our first show Turtles Don't Like Plastic in London with the Todos creative team in 2018 and we toured the show throughout 2019. The year began with residencies and previews at the Ryan Theatre in Harrow and at ZooCo's wonderful Theatre on the High Street at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon.
We took some time out of the rehearsal room to run The Big Beach Clean!, a fish friendly fundraiser, to raise money to pay our collaborators and bring costume sketches, sets and props into being. Our audiences are a vital part of our show development process; each show we experiment with new performance elements to test what our audiences respond to best.
Our 2019 tour took us to the Brighton Fringe where we were invited back to perform at their biggest venue, a big blow up hat called The Hat, and the International Youth Arts Festival 2019 with sell out performances at both. Our shows and workshops have taken us to little bookshop theatre spaces in Crouch End with Pickled Pepper Books, the Hot Walls Studios at the Round Tower in Portsmouth through family friendly pub venues to studio spaces with Nageshenme in Beijing.
We had planned for 2020 to be filled with continuing to tour Turtles Don’t Like Plastic, running workshops for young people and in the summer to be creating our second show. Unsurprisingly this is not happening as expected. We are taking this time to reflect and dream for the time when theatres can reopen and we can be in a room all together again. We are also launching TodosTeatrONLINE as an educational strand offering carbon footprint free programmes rooted in storytelling, focusing on eco-themes parallel to our shows, to facilitate development of creativity and language skills.
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