Gemma makes theatre shows, on both epic and intimate scale, that surprise and challenge audiences - particularly with radical use of spaces. Her experience has been built up over a wide range of work as a director, performer and particularly as a founder of SHUNT - 'The daddies of immersive theatre' TIME OUT.
Created, written and directed with Wendy Hubbard
Full credits go HERE.
An epic on England’s descent into Civil War in the 1640s. The first part of an ongoing project on the war.
This is bold, brilliant work. An almost orgiastic visual experience.
THE STAGE ****
The RSC’s ambitious production unfolds like a series of old masters - dense, playful, timely
THE GUARDIAN ****
Kingdom Come Images: Hugo Glendinning
Tropicana Images: Lizzie Clachan, Kevo Thompson. Perspective Installation: Tom Duggan
SHUNT are recognised as core pioneers of the immersive theatre movement, their large-scale shows and long-running venues (Bethnal Green 1999-2003, London Bridge 2004-10, Bermondsey 2008-2010) transforming the International Theatre scene.
It really felt, watching Dance Bear Dance, like something new was happening... It was, in the best way possible, completely mind-blowing. It was strange, wild, beautiful and funny, and it conjured astonishing things out of the darkness. I've never seen anything like it.
NICHOLAS HYTNER - 2002
They are most known for their venue in London Bridge, which they opened with the National Theatre’s first off-site production - TROPICANA (2004-5). This is also where they ran AMATO SALTONE (2005-6) and the legendary SHUNT LOUNGE (2006-10) - a curated arts club that indelibly imprinted itself on the London scene. During this time, they took a second venue - a warehouse in Bermondsey where they built a 3 storey building to house MONEY (2008-10).
After leaving their London Bridge home, SHUNT collective entered a new phase, working both as individual artists and coming together in collaborations. Gemma co-directed THE ARCHITECTS (2013) and THE BOY WHO CLIMBED OUT OF HIS FACE (2014), and collaborated with WIRETAPPER (2015/16). Other collaborations can be reached through the PROJECT ARCHIVE.
SHUNT create shows in controlled spaces - often building elaborate constructions for the audience to encounter. Gemma has a particular interest in creating shows for real landscapes, that require minimal additional visual design, but often use complex sound scores. These shows harness city sky-lines, sunsets on beaches or industrial wastelands as epic scenography. Key projects are co-created with SILVIA MERCURIALI with whom she has toured internationally. She has collaborated with other artists and companies using this expertise. See HERE.