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Carl Grose appointed deputy artistic director of Kneehigh

Carl Grose, newly appointed deputy artistic director of Kneehigh Carl Grose, newly appointed deputy artistic director of Kneehigh
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Kneehigh associate artist Carl Grose has been made deputy artistic director of the theatre company.

The role is a newly created one, and sees Grose join artistic director and founder Mike Shepherd at the top of the organisation.

Grose has worked with Kneehigh for the past 24 years, as both an actor and a writer. He takes up the new role on November 1.

He said: “I’ve been a lifelong fan of Kneehigh since the first time I saw them at the age of 13. I was instantly inspired and immediately obsessed. I wanted to make theatre like them.

“So it is a strange thrill and a somewhat surreal honour to announce that I will be joining artistic director Mike Shepherd as deputy artistic director. This was never a plan. But it certainly feels like a natural next step with a company that has survived by evolving and adapting and finding bold new directions to sail in.”

His shows with the company include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and Other Love Songs), The Tin Drum and Ubu Karaoke.

“We want to build on this relationship and continue to tell stories with and for the people that make Kneehigh the extraordinary company it is – stories that will profoundly resonate with audiences everywhere, growing from our roots in Cornwall and reaching out to the the wider world,” Grose added.

Shepherd said he and Grose would “face the challenges and excitements of the future” together.

“We’ll keep pushing the boat out, so watch out for the shows,” he added.

Emma Rice was previously joint artistic director of the company, before leaving to join Shakespeare’s Globe.

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