Sarah Kemp is a joint Artistic Director of Théâtre Sans Frontières (TSF) which is a small multilingual touring theatre company. TSF make work in different languages with artists from many parts of the world and tour into theatres and schools across the UK and occasionally abroad. Sarah and her partner, John Cobb, have founded the company 24 years ago. John and Sarah trained in Paris with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux so the style of theatre is playful, visual and physical. They also use clowning, shadow play and puppetry to tell stories from around the world. TSF has also worked with Canadian Director Robert Lepage on a world tour of Lipsynch and from that developed new shows with companies from Spain, Germany and Cyprus.
Sarah has a background in Drama in Education so TSF also run a lot of participatory projects in schools, where they use drama techniques and activities to enable children to participate in their own learning across the curriculum – foreign language learning, science, history etc. They have recently lost their core funding from Arts Council England so they are looking for new sources of funding for our work and new collaborations. For example, last year they received a commission from the Society for General Microbiology to make a show for teenagers about sexually transmitted infections.
Sarah would be keen to partner with an organisation in Ukraine that is independent, artist led, interested in potential joint projects and probably has a focus on work with and for young people, as that is likely to be TSF's main area of work over the next couple of years.