‘A talented young company.’ – Eastern Daily Press
“Hocus Pocus Theatre are a cunning collection of rabble-rousing sweethearts” – Velvet Magazine
Lucy Enskat – Artistic Director & Master of Disguise
Lucy Enskat trained in Drama at the University of East Anglia, Oxford School of Drama and performed for many years with the award winning Young Pleasance. She also trained in Clown with Complicite and with the acclaimed Avner Eisenberg. Lucy started Hocus Pocus Theatre in 2008 and her creative vision has driven the company from their experimental early days as emerging artists, to the established and reputable company it is today. As a comedy character actress, she has devised and performed in numerous new shows and has an array of comic cabaret acts which she performs on the circuit. She also produces the NO STRINGS Cabaret and has put on over 40 shows to date. Alongside her career in theatre, Lucy has worked in community arts delivering drama workshops to groups of all ages and abilities.
Lucy Garland – Bearded Lady & Other Funny Business
Lucy Garland graduated from the University of Kent with a Masters Degree in Drama in 2007. She moved to Norwich and has been working as a freelance actor and performer, specialising in comedy charcters and interactive theatre. She has a wealth of experience in a diverse range of theatre including performing in a one woman show, childrens theatre and working as a storyteller. This multi talented performer is also Artistic Director of Seeing Beyond, a company that creates multi sensory theatre for children with learning disabilities. She is also one half of the Theatre of Escapades. As the infamous bearded lady for Hocus Pocus Theatre, she plays the character’s 4th incarnation and recently wooed Prince Charles among other scandals.
Natasha Purwin – Princess of Pins & One Half of the Twins
Natasha Purwin has performed in theatre for many years, playing a variety of leading roles. She studied Masks and Physical Theatre with Jason Turner and Paola Rizza at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. She also trained in Clown with Avner Eisenberg through Hocus Pocus Theatre. As a performance artist, Natasha incorporates a bed of nails and bull whips into her acts and has received tuition from Peter Gamble from Pic’n’Mix Circus and Peter Howarth. She regularly performs with her bed of nails on the cabaret and burlesque circuit and has produced her own touring show. Natasha is an accomplished musician and when she’s not performing she teaches piano, music and drama. As the Strongwoman in Sideshow of Curiosities she performs fakir magic and is the bravest of beast tamers.
Leon MacLean – Production Manager & Stuntman
Leon MacLean grew up in the theatre and so is a dab hand at running the show and getting Hocus Pocus Theatre on the road. As Production Manager he deals with the technical aspects of the productions. He is also a vintage vinyl DJ aka Jazzlord playing 50s to 70s jazz, blues and world music and has been collecting records for 15 years. His extensive knowledge of vintage music is another asset he brings to the company as music consultant, sourcing obscure and rare tunes for performance. He has also found a natural talent in clowning after training with Avner Eisenberg and working with Hocus Pocus Theatre last year. His character in Sideshow of Curiosities is Ludwin, a loveable cretin who regularly upstages the girls with his trick bike and stuntman skills.
About Hocus Pocus Theatre…
Hocus Pocus Theatre was set up in 2008 by Artistic Director, Lucy Enskat. The company is an ensemble of professional actors and numerous other creative collaborators. The company’s cross-discipline performance style uses strong visual elements and vintage asthetic, surreal and larger than life characters and colourful bespoke costumes. They speicalise in cabaret, walkabout performance and outdoor theatre. They have a unique interactive style that blends together grotesque characters, black comedy, absurdist theatre, burlesque, music and movement. Hocus Pocus Theatre create unique theatrical happenings of the magical kind for everyone to enjoy.
The company’s first show Nightmare Café debuted at the Norwich Arts Centre on 7th April 2008 to sell out audiences. The company was selected for the Escalator talent support scheme 2008-2009 and received funding from the Arts Council England for research and development of the show.
“Pushing at the boundaries of experimental and crossing into the bizarre. They do it superbly well this fresh young company, never taking themselves too seriously and mixing genres, fusing styles and lampooning horror with happy abandon.”
– David Porter, Eastern Daily Press Apr 2008
Hocus Pocus Theatre also host their own highly successful event, the ‘No Strings’ Burlesque & Cabaret Club in Norwich at the Norwich Puppet Theatre. “A very extraordinary evening” – Future Radio, Platform Show 2009.
The company has a second strand of work in walkabout performance and tongue in cheek cabaret acts. As resident performers for Salon Rouge, the acclaimed burlesque themed club night at the Junction in Cambridge and creating bespoke performances for vintage club nights in the Eastern region.
Hocus Pocus Theatre have performed at:
- Fish ‘n Chips Festival – Atelier 231, Sotteville-Les-Rouen, France : 2011 & 2012
- ‘OUT THERE’ International Festival of Circus & Street Arts – Seachange Arts, Great Yarmouth: 2009-2011
- Emerge Festival, Eastleigh & Winchester: 2011
- Streetjam Festival, Taunton: 2011
- Madame Jojos, London: 2010 7 2011
- Proud Cabaret, London: 2010
- Proud Cabaret, Brighton: 2011
- White Mischief – Haunted Ballroom, Scala, London: 2010
- Prangster – Volupte, London: 2011
- Salon Rouge, The Junction, Cambridge: 2009-2012
- My Marlowe Festival, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury: 2012
- Through the Looking Glass, Peterborough Festival – Key Theatre, Peterborough: 2012
- The Lowry, Salford Quays: 2010
- Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Mat Fraser’s ‘Burlesque in the Garden of Evil’ :2010
- Norfolk & Norwich Festival, ‘Sideshow of Curiosities’: 2011
- Norwich Puppet Theatre, Hocus Pocus Theatre’s ‘No Strings’ Burlesque & Cabaret Club: 2008-2012
- London Burlesque Festival, Hot Boppin’ Girls won 2nd place at the Battle Royale, Scala, London: 2009
- London Burlesque Week, Bush Hall, London: 2010
- Chaz Royal’s Sexy Circus Sideshow, The Garage, Shepherds Bush, London 2011
- The Junction, An Evening with Hocus Pocus Theatre: 2009
- Bo Nanafana Social Club, The Talk, Norwich: 2009-2012
- The Speigel Tent, Bo Nanafana Social Club, Speigel Lates: 2010 & 2011
- PULSE Festival, Regent Theatre, Ipswich: 2008
- Beat Herder Festival, Lancashire: 2009
- Camp Bestival, Dorset: 2009
- Boomtown Fair: 2011
“The company are ‘Artists in Residence’ at Salon Rouge, The Junction’s monthly sell-out burlesque club, and bring a high level of theatricality, skill and innovation to each event. Their regular presence at Salon Rouge as walkabout characters, successfully blurring the boundary between ‘performer and audience,’ and main stage artists, is an integral part of the clubs success. The company hold their own alongside established artists such as Roxy Velvet, Empress Stah, Bearlesque and Miss Behave paving the way for an accomplished and successful future on the burlesque and cabaret circuit.” – Kate Madden, Artistic Development Officer. The Junction, Cambridge.