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Directing 2020-01-31T15:18:09+00:00

Directing/Outside Eye

Karen Bell has sharp eyes and a lot of practical experience in what theatrically works in different contexts and with different audiences. She can help you develop your material and find your unique style and voice.

Dafe Bullock has a good logical brain and can help structure your material into a coherent piece. He is a skilful maker and can often come up with technical solutions for your show. He can even make them for you.

Whether separately or together they will help you devise strong material and move things along.

Recent Facilitation and Directing credits include:

Tatwood Puppets
Cabaret of Curiosities

Tatwood Puppets
Cabaret of Curiosities

Direction of their new show
for 2019

CABARET OF CURIOSITIES

Fun in the Oven
Canary

Fun in the Oven
Canary

Early stage character and action
development for their show in 2017

CANARY

Tatwood Puppets
Microbodyssey

Tatwood Puppets
Microbodyssey

Direction of their show
for a younger/family audience.

MICROBODYSSEY

We have lead projects and residences in all aspects of our work.

These have included childrens, youth and adult groups in many different community, educational and professional settings. They have often culminated in the group devising their own show or the development of solo acts whilst responding to many and various briefs and themes.

Other Projects include:

Hartlepool
Tall Ships Project

Hartlepool Tall Ships Project
In collaboration with

Let’s Circus

Teaching stilt-walking then devising acts with students from Hartlepool and Peterlee 6th Form colleges which they performed at the Festival. (2010)

Show in a
Bag Project

Show in a Bag Project
In collaboration with

Let’s Circus

Devising and directing solo and duo street theatre acts with visiting professional performers from throughout Europe. (2014)

University of Sunderland
Performing Arts

University of Sunderland
Performing Arts

Teaching Circus and Performance skills to the Performing Arts Students which they then used in devising their group assessment pieces. (2013 to present)

Performing Arts

Circus Central
BTEC

Circus Central
BTEC

Teaching clowning and performance skills and helping to devise and direct solo and group pieces for their final assessments. (2016 to present)

BTEC

Headway Arts
Satellites

Headway Arts
Satellites

Clowning and Circus Project for the Satellites Learning Disabilities Group culminating in the group devising and performing their own show. (2015)

SATELLITES

Our Training

Karen has a BA (Hons) Degree in Creative Arts – Drama from Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria) and has trained on the School for Fools and Physical Theatre courses at Circomedia in Bristol.

Dafe attended Fool Time Circus School in Bristol and has a background in marine engineering, prop construction and circus skills.

They regularly attend courses in Clowning and Physical Theatre with leading practitioners to enhance their own skills.

The university of Sunderland have been working with Bell & Bullock for the past three years, and it is certainly a relationship we are keen to nurture. The amount of passion, enthusiasm, skill and expertise they bring to every workshop delivered; engages and stimulates students and lecturers alike. Their contribution to the programme is massively important for student development and progression. Not only do they help with confidence, but allow the students to develop very intricate circus skills. The students absolutely love the workshops and we look forward to doing more work with Bell & Bullock in the future.
Adelle Hulsmeier , Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts
Bell and Bullock Circus are an excellent outfit! Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills, practising daring acts and, quite literally, clowning around! Karen and Dafe are fabulous with the children and have the skills and expertise to teach the fine art of the circus to any age. They know exactly how to instil the discipline of concentration and determination needed to learn new skills, while ensuring their sessions remain relaxed, fun and full of energy!
I would happily recommend their circus workshops to any school hoping to bring out the best in their pupils!
Tim Godfrey , Deputy Headteacher, Annfield Plain Junior School
I would fully recommend this company for working with Drama/Dance/Performing Arts students and would certainly use them again. Although our students were initially a little reticent about involving themselves completely, these skilled practitioners pitched the activities at exactly the right level so that eventually all were actively involved and participating with enthusiasm and enjoyment. The skills and techniques covered were ideal for this early stage of their course and they have utilised many of them in their subsequent performing arts projects.
Lesley Maenami , (AST Drama), Laurence Jackson School