Search Party

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.

  • Image: Search Party vs Newcastle. Photograph Rachel Lynch
  • Image: Save Me. Photograph: Claudio Ahlers


Search Party vs...

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 2
  • Freight: No freight necessary


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.

Save Me

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 2
  • Freight: No freight necessary


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

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 2
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Two rolls of carpet – 2m long each. Chair, table & 3x boxes of props


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.

Wraparound work

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.

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Unique storytelling that feels absolutely of the place."

The Guardian

"You can't help but smile."

The Guardian

"Consistently heartfelt and thought-provoking work."

Exeunt Magazine

"Playful, humorous and oddly moving... a truly entertaining and innovative work."

Gregg Whelan, Co-artistic Director Lone Twin & ANTIfestival (Finland)

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Artistic Director(s)

Jodie Hawkes & Pete Phillips

Contact details

Jodie Hawkes
Co-Artistic Director

28 Cambrai Avenue
West Sussex
PO19 7UY

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