Tess Hills - Director
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Tess founded the company in 2004 and is the 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 22
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, 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.
Performers and Associate Artists
One of the founding members of Curious Cargo, Peppy is both a performer,
(Lost Luggage Porters, Lollipop Patrol & Temperance Society) and a workshop
leader. She is a specialist in dance and movement (with particular interest
& expertise in early years and disability arts). Peppy co-delivered
a Curious Cargo Creative Partnerships project at Newman Special School
in Rotherham, exploring the theme of 'Projections, Shadow and Dance'.
Peppy also works as a freelancer delivering residencies, training and
speaking at conferences nationwide and internationally. As if that isn't
enough she is also Director of Arts at Sunfield Special School in Worcestershire.
Julian performs with the company as one of our 'Lost Luggage Porters'
and as Professor Fitzsimmons in 'The Temperance Society'. In 2007 Julian
co-devised and perfomed in a Curious Cargo strolling show commissioned
by Manchester Art Gallery; the 'Temperance Lady & Navvy' characters
were based on Ford Maddox Brown's painting Work. Julian and Tess also
wrote and performed a number of 'character monologues' which were featured
on the Bafta nominated website, which accompanied the 'Art Treasures'
exhibition and the strolling show. Julian is a man of many talents:
he has gained his Doctorate in Philosophy, and has recently took a sabbatical
from his post of Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Chester University
to study for an MA in illustration at Falmouth. He is currently Course
Manager for the MA course at Chester Uni..
photo by Beate Mielemeier)
Carrie performs with the company as part of our Lollipop Patrol; she
also featured as 'Nurse Scratch-It' for the NHS Pride 2008 commissioned
street theatre show. She is a very experienced workshop leader and co-delivered
the Trade Super Trooper Sexual Health Project in Leicester, 2008, which
we performed at bars and clubs on the commercial gay scene. Carrie also
has a wide variety of skills: she works as a street theatre performer
with a range of companies, and freelances as a pyrotechnician, director,
stage manager and project manager (with Walk The Plank, amongst other
Ric is both a performer and experienced workshop leader with the Curious
Cargo. As a juggler he brings a range of circus skills to the company;
in 2008 he co-delivered a Creative Partnerships 'Visual Theatre & Circus
Skills' project at Newman Special School in Rotherham. Ric tours internationally
with his own company 'Granny Turismo', and performing his solo street
show (of juggling, magic tricks, acro-balance, clowning and fire performance);
he also performs as a multi-talented compere, walkabout magician and
hat & cane juggler. In addition to working with Curious Cargo & Granny
Turismo he performs with a range of other street theatre companies,
including Larkin'About & JagoJA Productions.
Lovely performers we have worked with in the past:
Sonya performs with our company as Millicent in The Temperance Society,
and as part of our Lollipop Patrol team. Sonya is also a singer, director
& has performed with a number of theatre companies creating work for
indoor & outdoor events, including IOU Theatre, Horse & Bamboo Theatre
Company, Thingamajig, Whalley Range Allstars & Pif Paf. In 2010 she
established her own company 'Canopy', creating outdoor theatre experiences/installations
across the country.
Jo performs with the company as part of our Lollipop Patrol; she has
also co-delivered a package of street theatre workshops, as part of
Curious Cargo, for Kendal Youth Theatre Group. Jo works as a stand-up
comedian and actor (television appearances include Emmerdale, Heartbeat,
Coronation Street, and Two Pints of Lager & a Packet of Crisps),
she was also part of the hit comedy improv show 'Four Blondes and a
Blackhead' at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006. Jo tours as a stand-up
comedian and can be seen at comedy venues across the country.