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Company History 

Formed in 1991 (by Kevin Tomlinson and Paul Jenkins, whilst they were studying for their Drama Degrees at Hull University), Kepow are now one of Europe's leading improvisation and mask-based theatre companies and one of Britain's funniest.

Over the past 26 years Kepow have produced 28 shows and have, in the process, won a "clutch of awards" (the Independent on Sunday). These include: the Sunday Times Playwright Award and the Rose Bruford Trust Directors Award.

The company have toured the world, performing in: Hawaii, New Zealand, Canada, America, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Norway, Bali, UAE, France and Holland. They have, collectively, worked with some of Britain's leading theatres and theatre companies: The National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Lyn Gardner of The Guardian wrote: "impossible not to fall for likeable Kevin Tomlinson's engaging, Shakespeare-inspired 'Seven Ages' comedy theatre show....packed houses and audience adored....genuine popular theatre, that will definitely sell out". In recent years, the company have also undertaken numerous rural tours around the UK and have appeared on 24 Rural Touring schemes: most notably in Cornwall, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Devon.

 

History about Kevin Tomlinson 

Kevin Tomlinson co-founded Kepow Theatre Company (with Paul Jenkins) in 1991. Since then he has won numerous awards including; the Sunday Times Playwright Award and the Rose Bruford Trust Directors Award.

From 1998 onwards, Kevin's focus has been on masks and improvisation. In New Zealand, The Times called his first improvisation show On The Edge: "excellent...a must see show!". For the past decade Kevin has also worked extensively with Keith Johnstone (author of the book Impro and creator of Theatresports), in Canada and the UK.

 

In 1999 he performed alongside Jonathan Pryce and the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in the Royal Court Theatre show Micestro for charity at the famous Hackney Empire; directed by Keith Johnstone and Phelim McDermott (Improbable Theatre). In 2002, he took the lead role in Keith's absurdist play Damien at the Garrick Theatre in Calgary (directed by the author).

Kepow's current show Seven Ages (created with Keith Johnstone's help) received 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and a standing ovation on the last night. It has since gone on to be seen all over the UK and abroad.

In 2019, Kevin will be appearing in Beneath the Blue Rinse at the Park Theatre in London. 

 

In the Summer of 2018, Kevin and Abi appeared in the world premiere of SPIRAL at The Park Theatre in London: 

More details at: www.kevintomlinson.co.uk

Twitter: @KevinTomlinson2 

Facebook: Kevin Tomlinson