Comedic performances that are
Who we are
GASP! Theatre Company aims to create comedic performances that are farcical, daring and intelligently silly. Our aim is to exhibit thought provoking messages that express empowerment through mockery from the female perspective.
GASP! Theatre Company was founded in 2015 by Georgina Stafford, Alexandra Saunders-Yates, Sophie Kronenberg and Philippa Holmes at The University of Kent.
From September 2017 – March 2019 GASP! were accepted onto a Graduate scheme and became the Artists in Residence at The School of Arts, University of Kent.
Since the residency, current members Alex and Sophie reside in Kent and Surrey, and the theatre company is based between the two counties.
What we do
GASP! Theatre Company aims to create comedic performances that are farcical, daring and intelligently silly. Their aim is to exhibit thought provoking messages that express empowerment through mockery from the female perspective.
By combining written and devised work, GASP! Joins together heightened characters and powerful socio- political messages in performance.
With heels, handcuffs and fake moustaches, the focus is on exploring everyday situations in quick witted, risqué performances, promising a good night out.
Influences for GASP! include Commedia Dell’Arte, Bertolt Brecht, Rudolf Laban and sketch show comedies such as Fawlty Towers and Smack the Pony. This work has greatly impacted on our performances and has resulted in them having a heightened playing style, for example a cast which often multi-role as various exaggerations of stereotypes, that also have an absurd edge to them.
Drawing inspiration from Commedia dell’ Arte, GASP! combine script writing and devising to create heightened comedic performances in a unique style, which address modern day situations/ prejudices/ dilemmas. With feminism at the heart of our productions, we blend 16th century archetypes with 21st century stereotypes to build highly relatable characters that resonate with our audiences. We want to connect with young women, broaching challenging topics, in a playful, comical manner.