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.


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


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


The Cornwall troupe’s retelling of the ancient tale of vengeance, love and betrayal is passionate and sporty.

Sydney Morning Herald

.., the performers look like they are having a whale of a time. You probably will too.

The Sun-Herald

It embraces you so warmly that you feel as if you have been physically hugged. I loved it with a passion.

The Guardian (UK)

The result is one of the best evenings in theatre you could
hope to find.

The Independent (UK)