About

Superbolt is a multi award winning international theatre ensemble hailing from Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and Ecuador. Our work has toured to venues and festivals in the UK, Australia, Switzerland, America, Poland and Norway.

We create all our work collaboratively to tell popular stories with humour and heart.

Work so far includes Mars Actually, The Jurassic Parks, The Uncanny Valley, Piatto Finale and Centralia.

In 2018 we were thrilled to win the Critics Choice for Best Play, Best of the Fest, and Patrons Pick Awards all at Orlando Fringe Festival. 2017 brought us another excellent run at Edinburgh Festival and Vault Festival where we picked up another Outstanding New Work award. And in 2016 we won best collaborative work for ‘The Jurassic Parks’ from Chris Neville-Smith. We’ve toured the UK, Australia, America and Norway with The Jurassic Parks, and The Uncanny Valley. In 2015 we 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. We have sold out to audiences of all ages, received numerous five-star reviews, had a picture with Sam Neill, and generally had wonderful time all round.

superbolt@superbolttheatre.com

Team

MARIA ASKEW

Artistic Director
Biography
Maria is an international theatre maker (director, performer, writer and facilitator). She works as a freelancer, engaging communities with arts and social transformation. Maria trained at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from University of Warwick and a Masters in International Politics from SOAS University. She is an Associate Artist for Clod Ensemble, designing and delivering their Performing Medicine programme, which uses arts based practices to develop communication and conflict resolution skills with NHS healthcare professionals. Maria leads summer theatre courses in Italy in her role as co-director of School of Fish Theatre in Education company. Additionally, she has taught theatre to young people at the Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation in London and worked in Colombia as Public Health Academic Program Coordinator at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Maria has been a visiting Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Practice at London Metropolitan University. She is also a researcher on Latin America for Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post. Alongside this Maria also works as a freelance actor across theatre, film, radio and interdisciplinary performance art.

Credits
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

Artistic Director

Biography
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.

Performance Credits
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

Artistic Director

Biography
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.

Credits
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).

Company Associates

Hannah Osborne
Hannah acted as general manager for Superbolt between 2015-2018. She is the Finance and General Manager at The Corner Shop.

Ina Berggren
Ina Berggren acts as production manager for Superbolt, taking care of all things light, sound, stage and tech. She is the Technical Manager at Oval House Theatre. She has been based in London since 2008, and is originally from Sweden where she started her career before moving to the UK. Ina went to Drama College in Sweden with focus on Stage and Lighting and has worked in the industry since that time.

Iain “Tid” Tidbury
Since 2013 Tid has been a company associate working as co-author/creator, outside eye, and associate director and dramaturg. He’s also helped develop the overall vision and strategy, designed our websites, run our digital marketing, and produced much of our printed materials.

Biography
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.

Credits
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)

Biography
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.

Credits
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)

Biography
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.

Credits
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).

Talk

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