Formed in 2011, Worklight has established itself a maker of internationally acclaimed, unique theatre. Our work focuses on contemporary social issues and use microcosmic stories to explore the broader context of the ever-changing world around us.
Worklight make new theatre which is deeply personal, politically charged and highly visual. Founded in Exeter in 2011, our debut show How to Start a Riot received critical acclaim during its Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere and and two awards during its UK tour. Our second show, I Think I’m a Feminist, also toured nationally. Our third show – Labels – is written and performed by Worklight’s co-artistic director Joe Sellman-Leava, and won a Fringe First, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award, the Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Award, the Peace Foundation Award. It was also shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, the Fringe World Best Theatre Award, and the Asian Arts Award.
Worklight have toured Labels internationally since 2015, and this are continuing to do so throughout 2017. We are also a year into our research and development of our next ensemble piece, Fix, an exploration of addictions and how they are dealt with by those immediately affected and our broader society. In addition, Worklight are producing Joe Sellman-Leava’s new solo show, Monster, which has performed at Fringe World, Perth, following several months of development and rehearsal.
Worklight also regularly deliver workshops tailored to age ranges from 5+ to adult groups, including schools, colleges, community groups and Universities.
Founded in Exeter, Worklight continue to develop and tour work in the south west of England, and hold rural and regional touring as cornerstones of our mission to make great theatre accessible to everyone.