tessa-ukeleleABOUT TESSA

Hello! I am Tessa Bide – theatremaker, writer and performer. I am based in Bristol and I’m happiest when I’m on stage…or by the sea.

I make innovative theatre productions, with a team of talented freelancers, for family audiences that tell original stories – aimed at encouraging a dialogue between the generations.

My one-woman production, The Tap Dancing Mermaid, has toured since 2013 and has received some rather lovely reviews. The show has now been passed on to Pigtails Productions for them to tour (under my direction) for the next 3 years.

My unusual and intimate two-hander Arnold’s Big Adventure, was set in a custom-build tent and a true interactive experience. This show toured for three successful years from 2014-2016 before a final goodbye in the summer.

In 2015 I made my third, Arts Council England funded production, The Melody Makers. A magnificant musical, festive extravaganza, this show features 4 actor-musicians, puppetry and A LOT of live music. It will be going back out on tour winter 2018.

My current show, A Strange New Space, is touring the UK and internationally from 2017 and has picked up some brilliant reviews along the way. This non-verbal solo show has partnered with Circomedia, Trinity and Integrate Bristol and it’s just finished a month long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Next we’re off to Goa, India for The Story of Space Festival.

My show in development this Autumn 2017, Perfect, is an adaptation of the illustrated book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, about a young boy and the birth of his disabled sister. A two hander, it will feature beautiful illustrations from the book, puppetry and an original soundscore. This project is being developed in collaboration with The Omnibus, Clapham, and disability charity Sibs.

I am also a children’s author and I have self-published my first children’s book, The Tap Dancing Mermaid. On sale on Amazon and in selected shops, the book is available now and I am available for readings and book-signings. Have a look in the shop for more info on stockists.

On this jolly little website you can information and footage of my work, reviews, workshops I offermerchandise to buy and ways to contact and connect with me.
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