& Yseult

By Carl Grose & Anna Maria Murphy
Directed and Adapted by Emma Rice

    When we came across the Cornwall based company Kneehigh it was as if we had found Company B’s long lost twin. Kneehigh delight audiences with a kindred sense of anarchy, the same kind of playfulness that we aspire to here at Company B. We knew we had to share their work with you and a partnership with Sydney Festival made this possible.

    Following a sell out season in London, Kneehigh’s latest triumph is Tristan & Yseult. Everyone from Tennyson to Wagner have had a crack at this ancient Cornish tale. Now Kneehigh’s production brings the story crashing into the 21st Century.

    King Mark sends his new French knight Tristan to collect his prospective Queen, Yseult, from across the sea. On discovering this hot-headed beauty Tristan falls in love, a love that is reciprocated with tragic results.

    Charged with wit and tender observation, this moving story was told by an anorak clad chorus of “lovespotters”. Tristan & Yseult explored what it is to love someone that you shouldn’t, to betray someone you love, to be betrayed and to be left and, most painful of all, to be unloved.


    By Carl Grose & Anna Maria Murphy
    Directed and Adapted by Emma Rice
    Designer Bill Mitchell
    Production Manager & Lighting Designer Alex Wardle
    Composer & Musical Director Stu Barker
    Sound Designer Gregory Clark


    Fiona Barrow
    Dave Brown
    Katy Carmichael
    Sally Dexter
    Eddy Jay
    Craig Johnson
    Giles King
    Mike Shepherd
    Tristan Sturrock
    Alex Vann

    Production images by Heidrun Löhr


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