Josh Coates
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What I do:
Theatre Maker
A little more about me:
Josh Coates is a theatre maker from the grey side of Bolton, England, who explores the role of the storyteller in contemporary performance. He has worked alongside Blast Theory, Daniel Bye and Belarus Free Theatre. He is co-founder of performance company and band Tin Tin and an associate artist with LEAP (Lancaster Emerging Arts Platform). Josh has presented work in Manchester, Newcastle and London but has yet to perform in Bolton. This breaks his little heart.

I’m an “emerging” theatre maker still trying to find my feet. I would say I do story telling pieces but I’ve only made one. I would say I make pieces with the audiences very much at the forefront but I’ve only made one. I would also like to say I make interactive installations but again, I’ve only made one.

At the moment the phrase I’m using to describe my work is conversation. The work that I have made or currently making has revolved around generating a conversation between myself and an audience of any size. I enjoy creating scenarios where audiences are bursting at the seems to tell people their own stories.
Projects I’m working on:
Particles -Particles is a piece about hope and retracing decisions that create who we are. Standing alone on stage with just a microphone, Josh tells and retells a story about a man who faces decisions that will affect how his day will turn out. With each retelling, a different path is chosen and the story expands into a glorious cacophony of love and chaos.

Taste of Water by Tin Tin Theatre - Currently working on Tin Tin Theatre's first full length piece that questions the collision between history and heritage when it comes to nationalism using the story of Capel Celyn as a backbone.
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Wanted: People searching for an alternative Edinburgh Fringe experience.

I’ve been touring a piece of theatre recently. It’s a one man show that I’ve performed in community halls, empty meeting rooms and a back yard in a block of squats.  It’s called Particles. People have enjoyed it and I’ve received a lot of great feedback for it. One of the unanimous thoughts that have come from this however has been “Are you taking this up to Edinburgh for the fringe?”

I’m not. I didn’t have my show ready when deadlines were approaching. I was tempted to jump the gun…


Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:05

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