Cartoon de Salvo

Cartoon de Salvo's cocktail of script-defying improvisation, live music and storytelling has won critical acclaim and a devoted following over the past 15 years. On a quest to mess with the live experience, Cartoon de Salvo makes theatre that wears its heart on its sleeve, that likes an adventure, and that never forgets that the audience is the number one reason for putting on the show.


Made Up

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 8
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Set can travel in excess baggage. Some local sourcing of instruments may be necessary.


Straight off the top of our heads: a story from nowhere and a musical score on the hoof. Cartoon de Salvo and sonic shape-shifters The Adventurists present a new improvised play with music every night. Longform impro format building on the success of Hard Hearted Hannah and Other Stories (Kennedy Center, Washington DC, 2010).

Pub Rock

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 5
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Instruments, amplification and a large flat screen TV to be sourced locally.


Covers band One Trick Pony performs at the back of a bar. A few songs in, artistic differences emerge, and the gig becomes something weirder and more unexpected... This site-generic rock'n'roll theatre event for pubs celebrates everyday music-making and amateur artistry. It offers a typical slice of British culture to venues across the globe.

Cyrano de Bergerac

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 8 (tbc)
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Details on international touring logistic to be confirmed in 2015.


Cartoon de Salvo's Cyrano is a new collaboration with French hiphop artist R.Wan, of the internationally acclaimed band Java. It splices Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac with a parallel story about our own company, and explores integrity, spirit and disobedience; refusal to compromise, joy and sticking your neck out. Available from late 2015.

Wraparound work

The company are excellent workshop leaders and regularly devise and run workshops, masterclasses and productions for various groups.

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Surreal, unpretentious, swashbuckling theatre. The honest, accessible philosophy of the company shines through in every scene."

Time Out

"There's only one word to describe the gloriously theatrical Cartoon de Salvo – and that's delicious."

Wall Street Journal

"You come away in awe of the human imagination and feeling like you have been to the best party in town. Magic."

Top 10 Comedy Gigs of 2008, Daily Telegraph on Hard Hearted Hannah and Other Stories

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Artistic Director(s)

Alex Murdoch, Neil Haigh & Brian Logan

Contact details

Alex Murdoch
Artistic Director

15 Hazel Avenue
GU14 0HA

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@cartoondesalvo RT @PeteTrash: Fantastic performance of #80Days today from @NIEtheatre @polkatheatre, comic tour de force from @murdochalex as Passepartout
(3 years ago)

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