Will Teather PaintingAbout Hocus Pocus Theatre…

 ‘A talented young company.’ – Eastern Daily Press

‘Hocus Pocus Theatre are a cunning collection of rabble-rousing sweethearts’ – Velvet Magazine

Hocus Pocus Theatre is an ensemble of professional actors and creative collaborators. The company’s cross-discipline performance style uses strong visual elements and vintage aesthetic, surreal and larger than life characters and colourful bespoke costumes. They specialise in cabaret, walkabout performance and outdoor theatre and their unique interactive style seamlessly blends comedy with the absurd. Hocus Pocus Theatre create unique theatrical happenings of the magical kind for everyone to enjoy.

The company’s shows have been supported by Arts Council England since they started in 2008.

“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 used to host the highly successful No Strings Cabaret Club at the Norwich Puppet Theatre.

“A very extraordinary evening” – Future Radio, Platform Show 2009.

THE PLAYERS…

Lucy Enskat – Artistic Director / Performer

Lucy Enskat started Hocus Pocus Theatre in 2008 and her creative vision has driven the company, producing, directing and performing in the shows as well as designing and creating mad worlds for audiences to explore. She trained in Clown with Complicite and with Avner Eisenberg and works on the side as a Clown Doctor in hospitals and hospices with Suffolk Artlink. Last year she was selected for the Norwich Puppet Theatre Apprenticeship and made her first solo show Like A Tree and now sits on the board for the theatre. She has a Drama from the University of East Anglia and prior to that trained at the Oxford School of Drama and with the award winning Young Pleasance. As a comedy character performer she enjoys getting up close with the audience, making them laugh, feel and think. For many years she produced the NO STRINGS Cabaret Club and has put on over 40 shows to date.

Lucy Garland – Performer

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 Co-Artistic Director of Frozen Light, a company that creates multi sensory theatre for for people with Profound and multiple learning difficulties. As the infamous bearded lady for Hocus Pocus Theatre, she plays the character’s 4th incarnation and recently wooed Prince Charles among other scandals. She co-created and wrote the company’s show GUILTY PARTY which saw 2016 out in style at Norwich Arts Centre.

 DJ Jazzlord  

DJ Jazzlord is a vintage vinyl DJ playing 50s to 70s jazz, blues and world music with 19 years experience behind the decks. 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 also found he had a natural talent in clowning after training with Avner Eisenberg and working with Hocus Pocus Theatre performing in Sideshow of Curiosities showing off his stunt bike skills in the show. You can catch him in the company’s new show, Night Magic playing Death as a DJ and spinning records after the show in the Spiegeltent as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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 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.

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