John Henshaw, Sue Nicholls, Lord Mayor Cllr Alison Firth
and Artistic Driector, Caroline Clegg: 15th Anniversary
Launch, Midland Hotel Manchester, 30 June 2009
About the Company
Feelgood have been creating award winning theatre for 22 years. They have distinguished themselves with an array of award-winning classics and pioneering new commissions following their spectacular launch with the musical Our Girls in 1994, where the audience lined the runway at Barton Aerodrome and looked on in awe as a World War II bomber landed to disembark the cast. Follow that! Well, they have… Blue Remembered Hills, Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, La Boheme, Wind in the Willows, Robin Hood, The Wizard of Oz, Crystal Clear, Romeo & Juliet - Thando & Ruvhengo (Africa & UK), Rosa, The Three Musketeers, Dracula - The Blood Count, Arthur - King of the Britons, Not About Heroes, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Slave – A Question of Freedom.
Feelgood inspire adults and children alike with the sheer joy and surprise of live drama and are long standing experts in site-specific theatre. Their shows fuse the unusual with the imaginative - a cappella singing and drumming with Shakespeare and African dance, abseiling, pyrotechnics and fire sculpting with music and drama - in parks, cliff tops, garden centres, African townships, museums and traditional theatres, including the West End.
Integral to each production is their dedication to create an innovative education and community programme. In 2007, Artistic Director Caroline Clegg and the company were awarded the prestigious Horniman Award at the Manchester Evening News Awards for their outstanding contribution to live theatre. They also hold the Angel Award for Artistic Excellence.
In May 2016 Whispers of Heaton was a special site-specific commission to commemorate the Battle of the Somme and the Manchester Pals regiments. Their 2014 national and European tour of Not About Heroes performed in 18 venues including La Maison Forestiers – The Wilfred Owen Memorial in France and at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End. The same year they were honoured with their second Lord Mayors Civic Reception for their contribution to the arts. World premiere Slave - A Question of Freedom followed a trajectory of thrilling work from Africa that aims to celebrate the joy of diversity and raise awareness of modern day slavery. It won the Pete Postlethwaite Best New Play Award and the Inaugural Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award presented at No 10 Downing Street. It was also performed in the House of Lords. Their Romeo & Juliet - Thando & Ruvhengo, developed in Zimbabwe, was featured in an award winning documentary and their thrilling Macbeth in 2009 with Zimbabwean refugees can be seen here:
Caroline Clegg, Artistic Director, draws her inspiration from a multitude of sources. It can be a chance conversation, a book, a film, a play, a piece of music, a memory, a painting or simply…