A statement by the Artistic Director of TNT (The New Theatre) Britain
and the American Drama Group Europe
The company aims:
To produce dynamic physical theatre that concentrates on the resources and abilities of the actor.
To produce theatre that integrates the disciplines of music, choreography and drama.
To produce theatre that cannot be placed in any one category because it can be performed to almost any type of audience in almost any type of venue, or even create venues and audiences of its own.
To produce theatre that rejects television-inspired realism and the simplicities of Hollywood in favour of a drama that challenges the imagination of the audience.
To produce theatre that is essentially 'live', where technology only exists to serve the vital connection between audience and stage.
To be human rather than digital.
To be open to all cultures while offering our own culture to the world.
To demonstrate through live art that we humans have more in common than that which divides us.
To challenge hallowed texts, fixed notions of what theatre should or should not be or where theatre can or cannot be played.
To abolish the distinction between art, education and entertainment.
To be difficult and enjoyable, unpredictable and exciting, to sweat for our audience.
To laugh and cry together with our audience. And so:
To create “tragedy with a smile on its lips.” (Meyerhold)
Paul Stebbings and the TNT ensemble 2018