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Launched in 2014, Mongrel Thumb is a London based professional theatre company formed out of a love for all things unpredictable, for bringing together seemingly disparate elements to create something challenging, exciting and unique; a one-off. By placing equal importance on emerging artists as established, we aim to mount cutting edge, contemporary productions which will challenge and inspire audiences whilst providing exciting opportunities for the best in up and coming talent.

The company launched in 2014 with the UK Premiere of ELDORADO by Marius Von Mayenburg at the Arcola Theatre, London. This was swiftly followed by the World Premiere of WEIRD WEATHER by Matt Cunningham at the prestigious VAULT Festival in March 2015.

In June 2015 Mongrel Thumb staged the London revival of Nick Darke's bleakly comic masterpiece THE DEAD MONKEY at the Park Theatre, London. Starring James Lance, Ruth Gibson and Charles Reston, and directed by Hannah Price, the production received rave reviews in local and national press, including The Observer, the British Theatre Guide and WhatsOnStage.

In March/April 2017 Mongrel Thumb launched their most ambitious venture to date: the World Premiere of Titas Halder's ESCAPE THE SCAFFOLD, a co-production between Mongrel Thumb, Theatre 503 and The Other Room. Directed by Hannah Price, the production played in London and Cardiff and received rave reviews from audiences and critics for its writing, performances, direction and production values.

Praise for Escape The Scaffold:

"A savage slice of social commentary with a broad surrealist streak" 

★★★★ - The Stage

"...assured, genre bending...let's hope we get whatever's due next in equally quick succession"

★★★★ - Time Out


"bewitching, thought-provoking...a vibrant and demanding evening of theatre”

★★★★ – The Western Mail

Praise for The Dead Monkey:

“a taut and viciously comic treat"

★★★★ - The Observer

“perfectly pitched to a notch above natural…very funny”  - British Theatre Guide

Praise for Eldorado:

“Echoes of Pinter...Cryptically fascinating dystopian drama”  - Michael Billington, The Guardian

“A web of evocative images….a bracing production by new company Mongrel Thumb” - The Stage

Who we are:

Charles Reston

Founder/Co-Artistic Director

Charles acquired an MA in Modern Languages from Oxford University before moving to Paris to train at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. An actor by trade, he has worked continuously since 2009. Stage credits include: ESCAPE THE SCAFFOLD (Theatre503/The Other Room); THE DEAD MONKEY (Park Theatre); ANJIN: THE SHOGUN AND THE ENGLISH SAMURAI (Sadler’s Wells/Tokyo Aoyama Theatre); BURN BURN BURN. Film credits include: BURN BURN BURN; CAPTAIN WEBB and THE WHITE COUNTESS. TV credits include DOCTORS; JESUS DECODED; CHANNEL 4 COMEDY LAB and CONSENTING ADULTS.

Charles has been a lead producer on all four Mongrel Thumb productions.

Email: charles@mongrelthumb.com

Gillian Reston

Founder/Co-Artistic Director

Gillian has trained extensively as a director with a BA in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts and an MA in Text and Performance from RADA/Kings College which she gained before moving to Paris to study at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, where she met Charles. She has worked extensively as a practitioner and teacher of theatre since 2005, alongside a successful career as a production manager in TV and film.

Alongside her work for Mongrel Thumb Gillian is currently Senior Content Fulfilment Manager at BBC Worldwide.

Email: gilli@mongrelthumb.com

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