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Clout Theatre 

'Few companies do absurdism with the wit and flair of Clout’ The Herald

Clout Theatre are a Lecoq-trained physical theatre ensemble with members from Russia, France, Turkey and Scotland. An emerging company, Clout strives to make physically bold theatre for an international audience. Using absurd humour, violence, mess and visual poetry the work casts an irreverent eye on the human condition in all its sublime ridiculousness. The company are famous for cutting-up narrative, creating collages of “mash-up mayhem” (The Stage) story-telling. 

The core members – Jenny Swingler, George Ramsay, Sacha Plaige and Mine Cerci  – each approach physical theatre from very different angles. An odd match, they work well together because of a common taste for the absurd and surreal. Clout are four young theatre-makers drawn together with an electric energy and playfulness, whose key aim is to imagine and devise work unseen onstage before. It’s this core collaboration that produces dangerous and daring new work.  

Resorting to making theatre in grimy spaces has influenced the company’s messy style. This ‘rough and ready’, home-made DIY aesthetic defines Clout’s anarchic approach to theatre. Clout's director Mine Cerci is based in Turkey and recently the company have been rehearsing with her through the medium of Skype. 

Clout’s central aim is to invent fresh and uncompromising theatre. Previous ground-breaking work, ‘How a Man Crumbled’ earned Clout a strong reputation amongst audiences and critics. Their new show, ‘The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity’ premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival to ecstatic reviews.  

Nominated: Total Theatre Award 2012 & 2013 

Winner: Audience Award Physical Fest 2012 ; Onestop Arts Audience Award 2013 

Clout Theatre are produced by Helen Goodman.

Jennifer Swingler

 Jenny is an actor, director and teacher. Interested in clowning, the absurd and finding the eccentricity within the everyday; her ideas are often large-scale and utterly impossible to stage - providing a constant mixture of inspiration and frustration for her fellow company members. A founding member of Clout, she is a graduate from L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq where she studied performance and LEM (Laboratory of Movement Studies). Jenny has also studied under Zymunt Molik (Grotowski Institute) and Al Seed (Physical Theatre). She has shown work at Shunt and the Forest Fringe and is currently working on ‘Anxiety Nights’ - a solo show exploring OCD and Omar Sharif.

Sacha Plaige

Sacha has a background in Russian psychological theatre which complements  her physical and dance training. She has an affinity for physical prowess whilst seeking a poetic theatricality on stage and is particularly fond of clown. A talented figure skater, Sacha was on the French national team and trained professionally in Moscow before enrolling in the All Russian State University of Cinematography. She participated in different theatre projects with The Meyerhold Centre and Theatre Pushkin alongside several TV and movie projects when she decided to return to Paris to study physical theatre.  She was recently selected to take part in a documentary on Peter Brook for the channel ARTE alongside Jos Houben, Marcello Magni and Yoshi Oida. She is a graduate of L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq and is a founding member of Clout. www.sachaplaige.book.fr 

Mine Çerçi


Having studied dance for five years in Istanbul, Mine continued her studies in theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris and Political Sciences in Istanbul. Past productions include Not I and Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett with Pierre Chabert directed by Barbara Hutt as part of the Paris Beckett Festival and End Game in Turkish at Theatre Bouffes du Nord. She recently worked with Jean Claude Cotillard at the İstanbul Municipal Theatre. After taking the two year acting course at Ecole Jacques Lecoq she joined Clout as a performer and director.

George Ramsay

George has a strong eye for the visual onstage. He is interested in mysterious, the nonsensical and shocking aspects of performance. Initially training in Glasgow for Al Seed’s Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice at The Arches George enrolled on the acting course at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq, where he also completed the LEM course (Laboratory of Movement Studies). Past theatre collaborations include Theatre O and Mischief La Bas. George has experience in Butoh dance having worked with Lindsey John and Masaki Iwana . He is a practicing visual artist, combining collage with absurdist meanderings.

Helen Goodman

Helen initially trained at Bretton Hall College, where she studied Dramaturgy, before attending Cambridge University. She lived for 2 years in Shanghai, where she began producing and directing theatre, before completing an MA in Ensemble Theatre at Rose Bruford College on her return to the UK. Helen has previously worked with Third Angel, Paines Plough and Phil Wilmott as a theatre-maker; she has been producing Clout since January 2013.