Unlimited is a company of UK artists and producers making and telling inspirational stories for live performance in public spaces – theatres, festivals, galleries, museums, the streets of your city, on the internet and for broadcast. We are storytellers and we want to change the world (even a little bit) for the better.
Dissolving the boundaries between art and science
We specialise in collaborating with scientists and telling stories inspired by leading edge developments by researchers at the forefront of their fields.
“Unlimited have been pioneers in combining theatre and science, fearlessly going where few other companies have gone before in exploring the metaphysical and everyday impact of scientific advances on our lives” The Guardian
While much of our work with scientists is for an adult audience, we have a significant and dedicated strand for families and young people delivered through the Unlimited Space Agency’s Space Shed (UNSA).
UNSA’s patron is the British astronaut Tim Peake and partners in our mission to “inspire the next generation of poet-scientists and space explorers” have included the Science Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Met Office, the British Science Association and the European Space Agency among others.
“The Unlimited Space Agency is great. Their approach to inspiring children about science is rigorous, fun and it works! I’m proud to serve with them on their mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and space explorers.” Tim Peake, astronaut
UNSA has won a series of prestigious prizes for its work including a National Charity Award, the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education & Outreach, the WISE Champion Award for inspiring young women and girls in STEM subjects and the global “Best Mission Concept” from NASA. In 2019 The Space Shed was awarded 2019 ‘Unique’ Shed of the Year.
Beyond our work with scientists, we also create touring shows inspired by our obsessions – money, death and flying bears as recent examples.
We focus sharply on the most pressing issues of our time – right now climate breakdown and personal identity. We are signed up to the Oil Sponsorship Free commitment that ‘We do not take any oil, coal, or gas corporate sponsorship for our cultural work and we call on our peers and institutional partners to refuse fossil fuel funding too.’
The company was founded in 1997 by six people – Louisa Ashley, Clare Duffy, Liz Margree, Jon Spooner, Chris Thorpe and Paul Warwick – having met at the University of Leeds Workshop Theatre. Louisa is now Head of Law at Leeds Beckett University with a specialist interest in international human rights law, Liz is an occupational psychologist specialising in leadership development and Paul runs an independent producing company China Plate. Chris is mostly pursuing a freelance writing career and works on projects when our stars collide. Jon continues to lead the company as artistic director, working closely with Clare as a co-director while she also runs her own company Civic Digits in Scotland. We all remain close friends.
l-r: Clare, Lou, Jon, Liz, Paul, Chris
Unlimited is an Arts Council of England National Portfolio Organisation that tours extensively in the UK and has presented work at international festivals and venues in the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Zimbabwe, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Singapore, South Africa, the USA and even into space.
While Unlimited is led by a core creative team of artists and producers, the shows are always co-created in collaboration with an expanding pool of associate and collaborating artists, scientists, technologists and permanent support staff.
Artistic Director Jon Spooner
Co-director Clare Duffy
Executive Producer Alice Massey
General Manager Sarah Webb
Assistant Producer Javairya Khan
Associate artists/producers: Rhys Jarman, Simon Perkins, Ellie Carter, Anna Turzynski, Alison Holder
Board of Directors: Alison Andrews, Tania Mahmoud, David Nicholson, Pete Robinson, Emma Roe (Chair).
Welcome to the shows. We hope you can join us.