About Andy Smith
Andy Smith has been making theatre and performance professionally since 2003 (operating and presenting work between 2003 and 2013 under the name a smith).
In this time he has been involved in creating a large body of solo works for theatre. These pieces are characteristically simple and accessible in form, but unafraid to approach and address big and complex subjects. His most recent solo projects are all that is solid melts into air (2011) and commonwealth (2012), which since 2013 have toured as a double bill under the collective title two from a smith. More information on these projects can be found below.
Along with Karl James, Andy is also the co-director of the award winning plays An Oak Tree, ENGLAND and The Author by Tim Crouch. Most recently, this collaboration has produced what happens to the hope at the end of the evening (2013), a commission for The Almeida Theatre, as well as the world premiere of Tim's latest play Adler & Gibb at The Royal Court in 2014. More information about these plays, as well as information about booking performances of what happens to the hope at the end of the evening can be found by visiting the website of Tim Crouch Theatre here.
In 2014 Andy completed an AHRC funded practice-as-research PhD at Lancaster University, where he has also taught courses in theatre practice, performance composition, and contemporary european theatre.
His latest project, The Preston Bill, has been commissioned by Fuel as part of their project New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood, which aims to find better ways to tour work and develop audiences around the UK. The piece will receive its premiere at The New Continental in Preston in October 2015 before touring, with a number of work-in-development performances taking place before that. More information about Fuel, as well as The New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood project, can be found by going here.
Current Works (available for touring)
all that is solid melts into air is a work for theatre spaces about how we change the world. Commissioned by and co-produced with BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen and Black Box Teater, Oslo, the work was performed for the first time in Bergen on the 5th of February 2011, and has since been performed in Oslo, Stamsund, Manchester, Dublin, Leeds and Newcastle. A short video excerpt of the work can be found here.
commonwealth is a new work for theatre spaces that tells a story of a group of people meeting in a theatre to listen to a story. It was commissioned by Gateshead International Festival of Theatre 2012 (GIFT), and developed at PILOT (Birmingham). A vimeo recording of the Gateshead performance can be found by clicking here. Additional video extracts of these and other pieces can be found by visiting here and here.
The Preston Bill is a new work for theatre telling a story from The North. The story of a life. The story of our lives. Exploring some of the events of the last eighty years alongside the experience of a man who has lived through it, the work looks to examine as well as challenge some of our ideas of identity, location and history. Commissioned by Fuel, and supported by The Arts Council, England and The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Preston Bill will open in October 2015 at The New Continental, Preston.
The Preston Bill (work in development)
11th April 2015
UCLAN Media Factory, Preston, as part of Derelict Live. More information about the festival here.
25th April 2015 at 7.30pm
Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate. More information and how to book tickets can be found here.
6th June 2015
CDE conference, Barcelona. More information here.
what happens to the hope at the end of the evening
20th and 21st May 2015 at 8pm
The Old Vic Studio, Bristol. Part of Mayfest 2015. For more information and to book tickets go here.
An Oak Tree (10th Anniversary)
23rd June - 11th July 2015
The National Theatre, London. For more information and to book tickets go here.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Andy Smith in the following ways:
By email: email@example.com
By phone: +44 (0)7941053719