Superbolt is a multi award winning international theatre ensemble hailing from Norway, Switzerland, Britain and Ecuador. Their work has toured to venues and festivals in the UK, Australia, Switzerland, America, Poland and Norway. They devise all of their work collaboratively using diverse theatrical styles to create popular stories with humour and heart.
Work so far includes Mars Actually, The Jurassic Parks, The Uncanny Valley, Piatto Finale and Centralia.
Winners of best collaborative work for ‘The Jurassic Parks’ (previously known as Dinosaur Park) from Chris Neville-Smith’s 2016 Awards. They have toured the UK, Australia, and Norway with The Jurassic Parks, and The Uncanny Valley. In 2015 they achieved official sell-out status at Edinburgh Fringe, and won the VAULT Festival Pick of The Week Award and the Origins Award for Outstanding New Show. They have sold out to audiences of all ages, received numerous five-star reviews, been nominated for additional awards such as the Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award and the Dark Chat Award for Best Show, and been greeted with an excellent reception internationally.
Maria Askew is an international theatre maker (actor, writer, director). She gained a first class degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick and went on to train for two years at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. Upon graduating Maria co-founded Superbolt Theatre and has co-written and performed in all of their work which tours internationally. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 Maria was nominated for a Best Actress Award for her role as Phoebe in Superbolt’s The Uncanny Valley. Beyond Superbolt, Maria has experience working in theatre, radio, television and film. She also regularly directs theatre and workshops in Italy and the UK. She is an associate artist at Camden People’s Theatre and she is currently developing an all-female production of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature.
Jurassic Park (VAULT Festival 2015, Assembly Roxy Edinburgh Fringe, 2015), The Uncanny Valley (2013-2014 CPT, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe, VAULT Festival Norway, Poland), Centralia, (2011-2014 George Tavern, Circomedia, VAULT Festival, CPT, Norway, Poland, Switzerland), Piatto Finale (2012 Petersham Playhouse, Zoo Venues Edinburgh Fringe, Poland), Fingers and Toes (Poetry Cafe), Lost Property (Lost Theatre), Combat: Nocturnes Au Louvre (2011 Louvre Museum, Paris), The Gospel of Othello (2009 Leeds tour), Without Planning Permission (2009 Warwick Arts Centre), ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (2009 Warwick Arts Centre), Helen of Troy (2007 The Scoop Open-Air Amphitheatre), The Jungle Book (The Scoop Open-Air Amphitheatre) That I should Rise (2006 BBC Radio 3), An Unchoreographed World (2005 BBC Radio 4)
Frode Gjerløw is a London based, multi-discipline artist. He began his acting career at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo in 2001. In Norway, he trained in classical theatre for 3 years and received The Arts Award for Outstanding New Talent (2009) and Stokke Council’s Young Artist of the Year Award (2014). He trained at Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris and co-founded Superbolt. He has performed and co-authored all their work. In 2012 he co-founded Crank Theatre, who develop their work at Battersea Arts Centre. He is a director for Freedom Theatre in Palestine, a published illustrator, and as an art director he exhibited Face of Satire at the BFI – a photographic exhibition featuring Gerald Scarfe, David Baddiel and Jonny Vegas. As a writer he is currently working on short films and a new musical for the National Theatre of Norway called Nextopia, to open in 2017.
Jurassic Park, Superbolt Theatre, VAULT Festival (2015), The Phantom Ride, Crank Theatre, BAC (2015), David Bowie 1 minute 1 take, Will Tribble (2014), The Uncanny Valley, Superbolt Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe (2013), Camden People’s Theatre (2014), Money, Crank Theatre, BAC (2014), Much Ado About Nothing, The Thesbi Theatre (2014), In Their Presence, the Stokke Cabaret (2013)
Piatto Finale, Superbolt Theatre, Petersham Playhouse, Edinburgh Festival (2012), Machines for Living, BAC (2012), Centralia, Edinburgh Festival (2012), Mamita, Les Avatars (2010)
Simon Maeder is an actor, writer and director that specialises in devised physical theatre. He studied English at the University of York where he helped to launch Belt Up Theatre through his work as movement director on their first two productions. He trained at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. After graduating in 2011 he co-founded Superbolt Theatre and their co-authored plays have been performed internationally. Beyond Superbolt, his work on YouTube with Will Tribble has been viewed by over 200k people. He is an associate artist at Camden People’s Theatre and regularly leads workshops in improvisation, mime and physical theatre across the UK. ‘As superb a mover as he is a comic character actor’ (PlaysToSee) he is also developing a stand-up show, and working on a new musical celebrating the history of HipHop.
Jurassic Park (VAULT 2015, Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Norway Tour), The Life of David Bowie in One Minute, One Take (Youtube, actor, voice), The Lift (Wet Picnic, Hat Fair, Tarrega), Librarians (Pestiferous, UK tour), The Birthday Party (Wet Picnic, UK tour), Alien: The Easter Edition (YouTube), The Uncanny Valley (CPT, Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Norway, Poland), Piatto Finale (Petersham Playhouse, Edinburgh 2012), Centralia (Edinburgh 2012, UK, Poland, Norway), Nocturne Au Louvre (2011, Louvre, Paris), Hotel Sorrento (Cock Tavern Theatre, Stage Manager), The Stormy Teacup Cafe (Writer/director), The American Pilot (Movement Director, York), Metamorphosis (Belt Up, Assistant Director), Morbid Curiosity (2008, York), Trainspotting (co-director, Belt Up), Tony! The Blair Musical (Bass, Edinburgh 2007), The Giraffe, The Pelly & Me (Actor, Edinburgh 2007), Ball Boys (Rupert, Sackville Theatre 2006).
the best hour of entertainment in London
— Mat Burt | Director of VAULT Festival
I love the folks at Superbolt Theatre. They are what you want a company of collaborating artists to be: egoless, energized, and in total service to innovative storytelling. Plus they are really, really fun to hang out with.
— Deanna Fleysher | Director and comedy artist. Director of Red Bastard
We need companies like Superbolt, imaginative, irreverent and brave. They are the lifeblood of theatre
— Milo Twomey | Kneehigh Theatre
Superbolt Theatre have imaginative playfulness, honesty and simplicity. This is what moves us.
— Patrice Naiambana | Director of Tribal Soul Arts
Beautiful acting, beautiful stories… I recommend all Superbolt productions.
— Edvard Dargiewicz | Director of The English Theater Company of Poland