Theatre Company London
Pin The Tale Theatre
Catch Edinburgh
Skolka Show
Pin The Tale Theatre
Pin The Tale London
Pin The Tale Edinburgh

Mission Statement

Pin the Tale invites you to imagine. To see with us. To hear our stories. We are passionate about devising new work stemming from real people and places. Playful. Truthful. Fearless. We believe in total theatre that finds inventive ways to tell our tales.

 

About the company

Pin the Tale is inspired by people who take risks. We work from real stories that spark our imaginations and allow us to shine a light on little-known issues.  As a devising company we always start from a place of thorough research. We enjoy going to great lengths to discover facts and personal tales of people and places that unlock a story and provide us with a truthful starting point. We create our work through playful exploration, improvisation and fun.  Physical storytelling, multi-role playing (including cross-gender casting), puppetry, mask and narrative are all used to tell our stories in a simple yet intricate way. We allow the audience to see the world from a different perspective whilst also being entertained.

Formed in 2008, Pin the Tale is a devising company and physical theatre ensemble that creates indoor and outdoor shows. Our first show CATCH received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 and toured nationally in 2010 with its sister play ULOV. During 2011, CATCH/ULOV was performed at the Oval House Theatre and then as part of Greyscales’ Theatre Brothel at the Almeida Theatre. In 2013, Pin the Tale was  commissioned by the Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude Festival to create it’s first outdoor family show, SPLASH!

In addition to creating and performing shows, Pin the Tale is developing school-based workshops sharing the theatrical methods used when devising theatre.  With roots reaching from Japan via Cyprus to northern Norway, Pin the Tale aims to make theatre that can transcend cultural and language barriers and allow us to use the world as our stage.

Patrons: Michael Attenborough, Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni.  



Company Members

Ragga Dahl Johansen -  Director / Devisor

Ragga is co-founder of Pin the Tale. She trained as a director at Rose Bruford College. For Pin the Tale she has directed: Splash!, ULOV and CATCH. Other directing credits include: Recycling the Reportage (Southwark Playhouse) Nansens Sønn (Rådstua Teaterhus, Norway), The story of Phillip (Norway, Scandinavia tour). Notes on Falling Leaves, and Hippo Love (BAC). As an assistant director credits include: Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe), Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Diver and The Bee  (Soho Theatre, world tour), Timon of Athens, (RADA), 4.48 Psychosis (LAMDA).

 

Susan Hingley – Actor / Devisor

Susan trained at East 15 Acting School and Ecole Phillipe Gaulier after graduating with a degree in law from University of Warwick.  Credits with Pin the Tale: Splash! , ULOV and CATCH. Other theatre credits include:  Wendy & Peter Pan, The Orphan of Zhao, Boris Godunov, A Life of Galileo (Royal Shakespeare Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dorian Gray (New National Theatre, Japan), Around the World in 80 Days (New Vic/Manchester Royal Exchange), Pioneer (Curious Directive) One Million, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, Home, Measurement Shop, The Hide, I Confess (Tangled Feet, Associate Performer),  Snow Queen (Lawrence Bately Theatre), Before I Sleep (dreamthinkspeak), Soho Streets (Soho Theatre), The Seagull (Factory Theatre). Screen credits: Doctors (BBC), Gloaming, Household Gods.

Susan speaks Japanese, German and English and is a qualified yoga instructor.

 

Andrea Pierides –   Devisor / Dramaturg

Andrea graduated from a degree in Drama & Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2009. She began working with Pin the Tale in 2009 as an associate artist, designing the costumes for CATCH. In 2012, Andrea approached Pin the Tale about an idea for a children’s play exploring the water cycle, which led to the development of SPLASH!

When Andrea is not creating theatre with Pin the Tale, she works as a project manager and/or drama facilitator within arts education; having previously worked for the Almeida, Ovalhouse, China Plate, Shakespeare Schools Festival, the Barbican and other arts organisations.

 

Associate Artists

Emmy Sainsbury – Actor / Devisor

Emmy is co-founder of Pin the Tale. Theatre credits include; Top Girls (Out of Joint/Chichester Festival Theatre at The Trafalgar Studios), An Inspector Calls (Wyndham's Theatre, West End), The Trial (Watford Palace), In the Beginning (The Bush at Westminster Abbey), Prophesy (The Public Theater, New York City), Arden 2.0 (Old Vic New Voices), Miriam. Gonzalez. Durantez (Coalition season at Theatre 503), The Merchant of Venice (Arcola).
TV work includes:  The Death of Nisha Patel for the BBC and The Bill for ITV.

For Pin the Tale Emmy devised and performed in CATCH and ULOV.

 

Ian Rhys Jenkins – Composer / Sound designer

Ian, a graduate from Rose Bruford( 2005) has composed and produced music for television documentaries (CNN- African Voices, My City My life), advertising agencies on major brands (O2, Planet in Peril, Seritide, Elite Models) and independent theatre companies in the UK (Soho Theatre), Switzerland (Simply Theatre) and China (Macau Cultural Arts Center).

For Pin the Tale Ian composed the score for Splash! and did the sound design for CATCH and ULOV.

Collaborators:

Hetty Abbott
Elizabeth Bichard
Hannah Victoria Barter
Helen Coyston
Asbjørn Hemmingsen
Anna Jones
Thomas Kampe
Amanda Lawrence
Zahra Mansouri
Al Nedjari
Aya Nakamura
Edwin Shaw
Owain Shaw
Leon Smith
Rob Sutton
Mike Tsang
Fiona Watson
Francis Woolf


Pin the Tale would like to send out SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Bailey Lock and staff at Lyric Hammersmith
Sophie Watson and staff at Watford Palace Theatre and Imagine Watford Festival
Greenwich Docklands International Festival
Latitude Festival
Purni Morell
National Theatre Studio
Brian Walters
All at IdeasTap
Jenny Worton, Almeida Theatre & Almeida Youth