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.
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).
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.
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.
The company are excellent workshop leaders and regularly devise and run workshops, masterclasses and productions for various groups.
"Surreal, unpretentious, swashbuckling theatre. The honest, accessible philosophy of the company shines through in every scene."
"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
Alex Murdoch, Neil Haigh & Brian Logan