Tooth+Nail was founded in 2014 at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
An international company based in the North West England, we tell original, devised stories that combine humour and darkness in a visually rich and highly physical style. The company shares a deep love of story and character, combined with a passionate belief in the creative power of ensemble work.
We are Supported Artists at Unity Theatre, Liverpool.
Francois grew up in France and Italy before studying Drama and Technical Theatre at the University of Cumbria. He then went on to train as a professional actor at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 2012-2014. He is also an acrobat and juggler, and has trained with the Noctambules de Nanterre, Polichinelo Circus and taught circus skills at L'Academie des Arts in Paris. Past work includes international theatre company Manifesto Poetico's ‘Your Name on A Boat‘ at Het Compagnietheater in Amsterdam, La Compagnie des Rêves Lucides' 'L'Architecte des Rêves' at Théâtre de la Jonquière in Paris, and Les Compagnons Butineurs’ touring production of ‘Colonie’.
Harriet is an English actress who first went to Scotland to do an MA in Latin at the University of St Andrews, before working with Waste of Paint Productions for two years as an actor and puppeteer. Credits with Waste of Paint include 'Rabbits, Ladders and Stars in Jars' UK Tour 2010; 'Le Cochon Entier' and 'The Snail Who Lost His Trail' at the Byre Theatre 2011. She went on to become Director in Residence at Birkenhead School, before leaving the UK to spend two years training on the Professional Acting course at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 2012-2014. She has also worked with international ensemble GoodDog theatre and trained with Polichinelo Circus.
Dylan trained in theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, graduating in 2014. He is currently based in Leith.
Dylan's recent projects include work with Wils Wilson at the Royal Lyceum (Cockpit), Ludens Ensemble (Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi and Macbeth: Without Words), Oceanallover (Not to Scale) and Blood of the Young (Secret Show 1; Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound). Dylan is a founding member of Théâtre Senza, with whom he has devised and toured Miraculi: Stories from Lampedusa; he is movement director for professional vocal ensemble Le Miroir; and co-artistic director of large-scale international ensemble GoodDog theatre co.
His most recent solo performances include: The Mask of Prōtoklētos (Syn Festival) and The Letter (Bouffon Scratchings), as well as poetry readings for The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation and The British Library.
Dylan is currently co-directing Poetry House; a collaboration with 7 playwrights from 7 different European countries, about the lives of their national poets. This piece premiered at Kings Place, London in 2016 and is set for a film adaptation with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as well as performances at the Voila! Europe Festival in London, 2018.
Louise-Clare Henry is an independent theatre maker from Manchester and the artistic director of Fly in your Soup Theatre, a physical theatre company that develops innovative, visceral theatre. Louise had a classical training during her three year degree course in acting studies in Manchester and then trained at the Jacques Lecoq’s school in Paris. Since leaving Lecoq Louise has been involved in creating and performing in a number of successful performances. Such as Murder & Create’s The Middle Place in 2014, performed at Camden People's Theatre, London, shortlisted for BE festival and offered a slot at mimetic festival. Created a Monster’s Glamf*ckery! developed and performed at Theatre Delicatessen, London and then offered a slot to perform as part of PULSE festival at New Wolsey Theatre and First Break at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester. Spleen! with GoodDog Theatre that had a residency at The Green Rooms in London equating to performances at The Cockpit and Rich Mix. Poetry House Live, also with GoodDog, performed at The Kings Place, London. Most recently Louise premiered her one woman show Betty at HOME, Manchester with Fly in your Soup Theatre, in January 2017, Betty will be touring this spring to various venues across the UK. Louise is also a trained teacher, teaching regularly and running professional workshops.
Charlotte Duffy-Scott, AKA Waste of Paint Productions is an artist and educator. Having studied Aesthetics and the philosophy of art and creativity at St Andrews University she uses cardboard sculpture and illustration to challenge and question the role and value of art in today's society while trying to dissolve the off-putting elitism that prevents people from making things.
Julien Nguyen Dinh
Comédien physique, légèrement acrobate, danseur et musicien, passé par les cours d'impro du lycée et le one-man-street-show, Julien Nguyen Dinh commence sa carrière au théâtre par le rôle de Peer Gynt dans une adaptation de Yaël Bacry. Il tâte de la marionnette et du jeu masqué au CRD de Noisiel, entre chez Lecoq après avoir vu Mnouchkine à la manœuvre au Théâtre du Soleil, s'essaie au Tight Rope imaginaire de Peter Brook et au Nô avec Masato Matsuura, rêvera même d'opéra en revêtant les habits de Don Giovanni et Figaro dans des spectacles lyriques de Bacry. Il continue de rouler, voler, porter dès qu'il le peut sous le chapiteau-école populaire de Michel Nowak, et de se former, à l’Ecole Nomade d’Ariane Mnouchkine (Oxford 2015), avec la compagnie de théatre de rue les Antropologues (stage de marionnette et participation à l’Alice dans les rues), et au clown avec les Compagnons Butineurs. Il joue avec Johanna Gallard sur l'Ile sans nom, un spectacle mêlant la danse de fil et le théâtre, et travaille avec plusieurs compagnies écloses à la sortie de Lecoq, dont le Tandav Theatre, qui joue sur la relation personnelle comédien-spectateur, et le GoodDog Theatre, basé à Londres. En partenariat avec la Fondation Rimbaud et Verlaine, les GoodDogs transposent physiquement des poèmes baudelairiens dans Spleen!, rejouent les derniers jours de Baudelaire dans Last Songs of Lucan (rôle tître) et donnent voix à sept grands poêtes européens dans Poetry House Live, sur scène et à l’écran. En 2017 il rejoint la compagnie Pile Pan sur Petite Dynamite d’Abi Morgan (création en Français). Avec trois camarades de Lecoq il fonde la compagnie Patte Patte Patte Patte, met en scène leur premier spectacle (Bang!, festival de Prague 2017). En 2018 il rejoint ses camarades de Tooth + Nail pour leur nouveau projet.
Il est également engagé dans l'enseignement et la transmission, donnant régulièrement des stages et des cours de mouvement et de théâtre et des animations de rue avec des associations citoyennes.
Trained in physical theatre and devising Andrea’s work has taken her to many places. After finishing her theatre formation in Sweden she moved to Paris to complete her professional training at École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq where she complemented her artistic experience with the Laboratoire d’Etudes de Mouvement(L.E.M). Since then she has collaborated with different companies and participated in festivals such as Festival Territory (Switzerland ), Premio Scintille – Teatro d’Asti (Italy), Biennale des Arts du Mime et Geste and Festival Mondial de Marionettes de Charleville-Mézières (France).
At the same time she has held workshops for various profiles including Mayan communities in the Mexico. In 2018 she will be working in "The Rakes Progress" directed by Simon McBurney, as well as to continue developing projects with young companies based in Paris and will collaborate artistically in the U.K. with Tooth and Nail Theatre Company.
Preben is a founding member of Tooth+Nail, and devised and performed Parlour Games.
Preben is a Norwegian actor who trained first at Forstudium Teater in Oslo, before going on to complete the two year Professional Acting course at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris in 2014. He is now based in Oslo, Norway, where he works as an actor and director, leads workshops at Fagerlia VGS Drama School and works with the improvisation troupe Alesund Improteater. Preben is a skilled acrobat and martial artist and has trained with the Noctambules de Nanterre in Paris and at Moo Duk Kwan in Alesund.
Simon joined Tooth+Nail to perform in Parlour Games.
Simon is an actor, deviser and teacher who also writes. He trained for two years at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq before receiving his MA Acting from Drama Centre, London. He directed, devised and performed the original, award winning clown play Halapatooloo at the Toronto Fringe Festival, continues to work with Gooddog Theatre on Poetry House Live, a film and theatre collaboration between seven international playwrights and the company (where he plays Arthur Rimbaud, Halldor Laxness and John Keats), played Gregor Samsa in Theatrical Niche's tour of Berkoff's Metamorphosis and played with Tooth+Nail in Parlour Games at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is writing and directing Let Go Home, a piece of multi-disciplinary theatre with Theatre SON and is associate artist with Created a Monster and David Glass Ensemble on Mortgage and Bleak House, with whom he creates and teaches internationally.
Adam is a founding member of Tooth+Nail, and devised and performed Parlour Games and Hummingbird.
Adam is a Scottish actor, writer and director based in Glasgow. He gained an MA in English and Film from St. Andrews University in 2010, then went on to intern for the Writer’s Theatre in Chicago in 2011 before completing the two-year Professional Acting course at the École Jacques Lecoq in 2014. Previous work includes: Estragon, 'Waiting for Godot', Muckle Roe Productions at the Byre Theatre and Tour; Hedwig, 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch', Burnt Out Bulbs at GRV; (Director) 'Dracula', Daysleeper Productions at the Barron Theatre. His short play 'Croquis Nocturne' was recently performed at Kings Place in London as part of 'Poetry House Live'.