Search Party is the collaboration of artists Pete Phillips and Jodie Hawkes. Search Party makes playful live art performances for theatres and public places. Search Party’s work attempts to re-negotiate the relationship between artist and audience, creating temporary communities, inviting spectators to become co-collaborators in the live event. Search Party is an associate artist of The Point Eastleigh and Pete is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Chichester.
Search Party vs... is an interactive performance in which Search Party challenge the host city to a marathon game of table tennis. Situated in public space, passers-by are invited to play against Search Party. Part public spectacle, part one-on-one, the performance uses the languages of sport explore place and community.
Using semaphore flags instead of spoken words, two performers improvise a conversation that stretches across the city. Stood up to half a kilometer apart, Search Party discuss their separation aided by the stories of passers-by. The live conversation is recorded on large chalkboards for the duration of the performance.
My Son & Heir is an anarchic celebration of parenthood and a playful examination of the guilt-ridden one-upmanship of mainstream baby culture. Comparing their own son to the royal baby, Search Party confront the spectacle of the ‘New Royals’ and their strategic attempts to appear just like us.
Search Party offers workshops on request, which are usually aimed at students, teenagers or emerging artists, exploring approaches to devising and site-specific theatre. Post-show discussions are also available on request.
"Unique storytelling that feels absolutely of the place."
"You can't help but smile."
"Consistently heartfelt and thought-provoking work."
"Playful, humorous and oddly moving... a truly entertaining and innovative work."
Gregg Whelan, Co-artistic Director Lone Twin & ANTIfestival (Finland)
Jodie Hawkes & Pete Phillips