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Our Mission Statement
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.
What We Do
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. 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. Our mission is to connect with young women, broaching challenging topics in a playful, comical manner.
GASP! Theatre Company was founded in 2015 by Georgina Stafford, Alexandra Saunders-Yates, Sophie Kronenberg and Philippa Holmes whio met whilst studying 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 respectively, and the theatre company is based between the two counties.
Alexandra moved from Suffolk to Kent in 2014 and graduated from The University of Kent with a Joint BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre and English Language in 2017. Alexandra is a co-founder of GASP! and takes on a multitude of roles which include writer, director and actor. She also has experience in Physical Theatre, and has worked with Gecko Theatre Company. Alexandra is currently studying an MA in Creative Producing at The University of Kent. Alexandra has additional skills in Film-making and editing, Events Management and teaching Performing Arts.
Originally from Surrey, Sophie graduated from The University of Kent with a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies in 2017, where she had the opportunity to work with Fourth Monkey Drama School on ‘mask’. Sophie is a co-founder of GASP! and takes on a multitude of roles including writer, director and actor. Sophie’s particular area of interest is Commedia dell’ Arte, which she brings into use when creating theatre, and continues to develop her skills in this specialism. Sophie also has additional skills in singing, Physical Theatre, performing Shakespearean Theatre and teaching Performing Arts.