Mark Bishop
Mark Bishop trained at East 15. A director of Big State, he has performed in Walk This Way, Spaghetti Weston-Super-Mare, Hitting Dennis, Sixteen Types of Happiness, The Fire Starter and Fetch and directed Gone West. He has also performed for Innerroom Theatre Company: The Chronicles of Hogget and webb, The Truth About Hogget and Webb, The Fisher King, The Tempest, In A Room, Six Is Nine and My Big Desk. Mark performs all over the world with the Natural Theatre Company. He makes video documentation and evaluation films and works extensively with young people in film and theatre.

Julie Black
Julie Black also trained at East 15. She is a director of Big State and has performed in Gone West, Walk This Way, Spaghetti Weston-Super-Mare, Hitting Dennis, Sixteen Types of Happiness. The Fire Starter and Fetch. Other credits include: If Mr Frollo Ever Finds Out (Old Red Lion, Islington), This Happy Breed (Marlowe, Canterbury), The Rover (Young Vic), The Importance of Being Earnest (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough) and The Bill. She has also appeared in numerous short films for South Street Productions.

Ashley Christmas
Ashley Christmas trained at Leicester Polytechnic. And is an Associate member of Big State. She has performed for Big State in Gone West, Spaghetti Weston-Super-Mare, The Fire Starter and Fetch. Ashley has also performed for the Belgrade Theatre (Coventry), Hull Truck, Innerroom Theatre Company, Stopwatch, Cardboard and String and the Natural Theatre Company. Ashley has also worked with the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester and played Queen Victoria on board the HMS Warrior, Portsmouth.

Paul Mundell
Paul Mundell (trained Bristol Old Vic Theatre School). Paul is the new performer with Big State. His theatre work includes Eggshell Blues and Salt ‘n’ Sauce for Theatre West; Twelfth Night and Hamlet for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival and The Picture of Dorian Grey for Big Telly Theatre Company. Film credits include Bulla the Movie and radio includes The Clapham Shuffle for Radio 4.

"Comic imagination and sharp performance are hard to come by and Big State have plenty of both" - VENUE

"Fast-moving, hot-off-the-press theatre." WILTSHIRE TIMES

Big State was formed in 1996 by a group of professional performers.

We are a co-operative who devise and perform original accessible comic theatre and through workshops use improvisation techniques and film to help young people develop their imagination and communication skills.

In September 2001 Big State became Company in Residence at the Arc Theatre, Trowbridge.

Big State are committed to working in Outreach and Education; founded Corsham Youth Theatre at The Pound Arts Centre in 1998 and took over the Arc Senior Youth Theatre in Autumn 2001.

Big State actors regularly work with Hull Truck, The Natural Theatre and Innerroom Theatre company.

Big State have been funded by:
  • Arts Council England

  • The Lottery through the Film Council’s First Light Initiative

  • Southern and South East Arts – Development Grant

  • West Wiltshire District Council

  • Trowbridge Town Council

"Superb timing and control……. immensely enjoyable" - The Wiltshire Times

"Deliciously recognisable characters……seamless ensemble playing"

"This talented threesome clearly delighted the audience…more, please" - Venue magazine, Bristol

"Big State is one of the funniest theatre companies around. A great show for comedy lovers of all ages, with lively accessible workshops. Highly recommended!" - Live Art Education Officer, Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester.

© 2011 Big State Theatre Company.