1. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold
2. At a boundary or transitional point between two conditions, stages in a process, ways of life, etc
We are an ambitious, innovative and highly-collaborative multi-media production company sparking new exhilarating storytelling possibilities on stage, screen and in the liminal spaces in between
We collide different media, genres and forms to create new, original creative content at the intersection between live performance and emerging tech
We make visible the invisible, explore alternative perspectives, and ask urgent social questions
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Robyn (she/her) is Artistic Director of Liminal Stage and a freelance Associate Learning Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Following her Arts Council England (ACE) Developing Your Creative Practice-funded international residency with Katie Mitchell on live multi camera video production, ORLANDO (adapted by Alice Birch) at the Schaubuehne in 2019, Robyn has this year been awarded the 'Transform' Clore Fellowship 2021 for leaders of promise from backgrounds under-represented in the cultural sector.
Alongside her directing work, Robyn holds a number of education and governance positions and is passionate about connecting up the stage, screen and immersive industries. She is especially interested in the ways in which virtual production techniques and emerging technologies can innovate storytelling and make cultural experiences more accessible.
Robyn Winfield-Smith artistic director
Florian Clare associate artist
Florian is a queer Canadian stage and screen actor, voice artist and writer based in the UK.
As Associate Artist at Liminal Stage, Florian is currently developing her ACE-supported solo-show Out of Orbit, exploring queer-femme invisibility through the lens of popular astrology.
Recent credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Moving Stories (Buxton Opera House/Turbine Theatre) The Outing (in post-production), Studio E; Paper Fortune Teller, Maiden Speech Festival (Tristan Bates Theatre); King Lear (as Lear), Tipping the Velvet, Mountview; Ubisoft's The Division and multiple corporate VO campaigns.
Florian is represented by Caroline at Felix de Wolfe.
Liminal Stage Productions (formerly REND Productions) launched in 2015 with a gutsy, critically-acclaimed "exhilarating and provoking" (The Stage) Howard Barker Double Bill at Arcola Theatre. This gritty Double Bill comprised the London premiere of Howard Barker’s The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo, featuring the voice of celebrated NT and RSC actor Nicholas Le Prevost in a groundbreaking binaural sound design and immersive blackout plunging spectators into the sensory experience of the two blind characters, paired with a timely revival of Judith starring acclaimed actress Catherine Cusack. This £34,000 ACE GFTA-funded project provided Arcola Theatre’s first ever touch tour and audio-described performance for blind and partially-sighted audiences, as well as a unique participatory workshop for blind and partially-sighted people exploring barriers to theatre for people with disabilities.
In 2016, we presented the transfer of Grey Man by Lulu Raczka from its site-specific premiere in an iconic 1880s Shoreditch warehouse to Olivier Award-winning "new writing powerhouse" Theatre503. Responding to The Stage's review, which praised the piece as "a gorgeous, haunting monologue" and said that "the full-length version should be commissioned at once", we are currently working to develop a new version of this play, exploring how the audience's literal perspective might alter their perception of the narrative...
In 2017, we co-produced the South West tour of Judith by Howard Barker with Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts. Judith returned to Arcola for a week before going on a small-scale national tour to venues including the Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, and the Mercury, Colchester.
This year, we are focusing on the development of a number of new partnerships - for example, with Royal Holloway University London - that will enable us to commission and deliver two major new projects over the coming three years. We are fascinated by the interplay between different forms, media and genres, and are constantly committed to pushing the boundaries of what constitutes live stage performance, and will be launching a website soon to help promote our artistic projects...