Tess Hills - Director
3 by Beate Mielemeier
Tess founded the company in 2004 and is the director & lead artist.
She is a physical performer/puppeteer/mask performer and a visual artist/designer/maker.
As a project manager, community artist and trainer Tess has over 25
years' experience of devising and delivering arts-based projects throughout
the UK & Australia; working with all client groups and age groups, in
educational, community and corporate settings. Tess is qualified as
an Artist Facilitator (NOCN accredited), and develops Arts Based Training
programmes to explore and address a range of business issues and needs
in the corporate sector. Tess has performed with, (and on occasion still
performs with), a number of other companies including: Granny Turismo,
Larkin' About, Thingumajig Theatre Company, Mark Mark Productions, Horse
& Bamboo Theatre Company, Pif Paf Arts, Walk the Plank, Aqueous Humour
Street Theatre Company & Paper Cut Total Theatre Company. Pre-Curious
Cargo Tess trained as a set designer for film and television and consequently
worked making and painting scenery & props in various theatres & workshops
across the country. Her work in TV & film included contracts at Granada
& Central TV, working on productions such as Spitting Image as Assistant
Art Director. Whilst in Australia Tess worked at John Cox's Creature
Workshop making puppets for 'Pitch Black' & 'Komodo'. Tess is also qualified
as a teacher and has taught at FE and university entry levels, and has
passed her Level 1 in British Sign Language.
Performers and Associate Artists
One of the founding members of Curious Cargo, Peppy is both a performer
in The Lost Luggage Porters, Lollipop Patrol & The Temperance Society)
and a workshop leader. Peppy also works as a freelancer delivering residencies,
training and speaking at conferences nationwide and internationally.
She is a specialist in dance and movement (with particular interest
& expertise in early years and disability arts), and has an MA in Creativity
and Education for the Professions. She is also a Therapeutic Play Practitioner.
Julian performs with the company as one of our 'Lost Luggage Porters'
and as Professor Fitzsimmons in 'The Temperance Society' and as a 'Sprite'
puppeteer.. In 2007 Julian co-devised and performed in a Curious Cargo
strolling show commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery and based on Ford
Maddox Brown's painting 'Work'. Julian co-wrote and performed a number
of 'character monologues' which were featured on the MAG Bafta nominated
website, which accompanied the 'Art Treasures' exhibition. Julian has
a Doctorate in Philosophy, an MA in illustration, has trained as a massage
therapist, and is a senior lecturer in Performing Arts at Chester University.
Ric is a performer with the Curious Cargo and has undertaken various
roles including that of a Lollipop Lady, Lost Luggage Porter, a 'Sprite'
puppeteer, and as part of The Temperance Society. Ric also tours internationally
with his own company 'Granny Turismo', and performs with a range of
other street theatre companies, including Larkin'About & JagoJA Productions.
Thea performs as part
of 'The Lollipop Patrol' and 'The Temperance Society' with Curious Cargo.
Multi-talented Thea has worked as a performer, workshop leader, community
artist & director for over 20 years now, and has an MA in Humanitarianism
and Conflict Response. Thea has worked on a number of international
projects in post conflict and developing countries, she is also a role
play actor for Manchester & Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, and performs
with Thingumajig Theatre Company in their street theatre shows.