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Carl Grose appointed Kneehigh deputy artistic director

The long-time Kneehigh collaborator is joining the company

Carl Grose
© Steve Tanner

Carl Grose will become deputy artistic director of Kneehigh on 1 November.

Grose, whose credits include Tristan and Yseult, The Bacchae, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) and the script for The Grinning Man, has been a frequent Kneehigh collaborator, having first performed in the company's The King of Prussia.

He takes up the newly created position after working as an associate artist for the company.

Grose said: "I've been a life-long fan of Kneehigh since the first time saw them at the age of thirteen. I was instantly inspired and immediately obsessed. I wanted to make theatre like them.

"So it is a strange thrill and a somewhat surreal honour to announce that I will be joining artistic director Mike Shepherd as deputy artistic director as of November. This was never a plan. But it certainly feels like a very natural next step with a company that has survived by evolving and adapting and finding bold new directions to sail in."

Dead Dog in a Suitcase will be revived next year, running at Lyric Hammersmith and on a UK and international tour, while The Grinning Man is currently being transformed into a "mixed reality recording" alongside Andy Serkis.

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