RAT – Louis Gulliver King

Louis Gulliver King is a musician and theatre maker based in the South West of England. He has played in bands, accompanied theatre shows and toured extensively across the UK and internationally.  ​Theatre work includes touring as an accordionist for Bash Street Theatre, performing with the Kneehigh Rambles, touring internationally with Sally Cookson’s ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ and working alongside community choirs with Canvas Theatre.

In January of 2018 he started The Rat Affair and brought together a band of musicians, theatre makers and visual artists. Louis applied for a residency to develop his show further in an intensive setting. He brought in technical equipment and built a set. The week resulted in an exceptional sharing of work with producers from The Tobacco Factory, Strike a Light and the artist Simon McBurney were invited to give feedback.

“I want to say the biggest thank you to you and to Hawkwood. From me and from all the RAT company! From the very bottom of our hearts, to all the staff and volunteers that make it possible to run Hawkwood the way you do. So thank you.

Your support with giving us a space to develop this phase of the project has helped immensely. Hawkwood not only allowed an environment in which we could “just get on with the work” but also as a platform to showcase the project to industry professionals such as Sarah, Simon and Kerrie – who fingers crossed can all contribute to getting the project up on its feet and in front of an audience.

We had a massively productive week. The style and aesthetic of RAT really developed while we were at Hawkwood. Over the weekend the residency and sharing have been very busy in my mind. It feels like it’s slowly starting to land and I’m now able to properly reflect upon it all.

Hawkwood has contributed to the project’s life, and we will take that with us as RAT develops into the future.”

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