Elastic Theatre is an ensemble of performance and art collaborators, varying from project to project. Directed by Jacek Ludwig Scarso, it explores multidisciplinary fusions, devising methodologies and site-responsive approaches. Over 100 collaborators have taken part in Elastic Theatre’s projects to date, with public recognition including the Fringe Report Award for Best Theatre Company presented at Leicester Square Theatre and several arts awards from organisations including the Wellcome Trust and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Elastic Theatre was featured in the US publication Theatre Today amongst the 300 most exemplary makers of contemporary theatre worldwide. Not all works by Elastic Theatre are live performances, but they all share theatrical elements: fictional characters, intense drama, playful theatricality and the essential aesthetics of staging and lighting.
To date, Elastic Theatre works have been presented worldwide, with credits including Riverside Studios, Southwark Playhouse, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Tête á Tête: The Opera Festival, St James’s Piccadilly, Arcola Theatre, Spitalfields Music Festival; and, outside the UK, Theatre 145 (Grenoble), Pavé D’Orsay (Paris), Teatro Sala Uno and Teatro Abarico (Rome), RESEO (European Network of Opera and Dance Education), NOA Opera (Vilnius) and BAW and The Living Theatre in New York.
“Celebrating the exciting work of Elastic Theatre in crossing global and artistic
boundaries to create and deliver remarkable performance” Fringe Report
“Scarso’s impressive production…a fascinating exploration patriarchy and
Christianity …Multi-disciplined, cross-cultural and trans-national Elastic Theatre
marks itself out” Time Out on The Magdalene Mysteries
“The work Elastic is producing is unusual, exciting and innovative … keep an
eye out for this company as they have an exceptionally promising
future producing pioneering and inventive theatre”. Fringe Review
on The Magdalene Mysteries
“Haunting…Snakily neurotic…Fabulously hot-blooded performance”
The Times on Medousa
“Genuinely moving…fervid ecstasy… I loved this. Loved all of it”
Sideshow International Circus Magazine on Baroque Box
“An intensely enjoyable and thought-provoking study of obsessions
and their manifestations” The Urban Times on Julius
“Poetic… carefully researched” New Scientist on Julius