Supple Research Projects

Supple productions are created through travel and research. Some projects are purely journeys of investigation through work with actors, writers and artists over many years.


Commissioned by London’s Roundhouse, this search for a new identity for J.M.Barrie’s immortal beautiful boy – free from the restraints of Anglo-Saxon Victoriana – led to an odyssey of workshops with a remarkable range of actors and performers in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and across India and China.

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One the greatest poetic achievements in history, written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi one thousand years ago, Shahnameh tells the epic story of the Iranian nation: from Creation to the Arab invasion in the 7th century. Part ancient myth, part mystical legend and part historical chronicle, Shahnameh is an artistic rebuke to the arrogance and folly of authoritarian power. Commissioned by the UK’s National Theatre, workshops in London and Tehran produced a 300 page verse text by Dick Davies, the world’s leading Shahnameh interpreter.

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A journey through the post-Soviet states a century after the Russian revolution, tracing the lasting consequences of those ‘ten days that shook the world’. Commissioned by National Theatre, UK; Lincoln Centre Festival; Perth Festival; and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, we worked with theatres and companies in Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Kiev, Odessa, Minsk, Yerevan, Bishkek, Tbilisi, Baku, and Almaty

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A peripatetic, transnational laboratory investigating Shakespeare’s mythic masterpiece with leading artists drawn from the worlds’ great theatre traditions. Research began in Warwick, UK with actors from India, Italy, France, Algeria, Morocco, Tanzania, Belgium, South Korea, Italy, and UK; and has continued with workshops and public events in Tokyo, Mexico City, Abu Dhabi, and Seoul.

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