A B O U T U S
Photo by Richard Davenport
We are an international theatre company founded by immigrants whose mission is to create theatrical experiences that challenge boundaries, explore the connections that hold us together and celebrate our common humanity, regardless of where we come from.
We are committed to the radical belief that we are all connected. We believe all people have a shared connection, from the richest to the poorest, the most profane to the most devout, the most conservative to the most liberal. This connection, when discovered, reminds us that there is always hope.
In our work, we combine visual storytelling, physical comedy and a love for the absurd to create and tour original theatre for universal audiences. The work we create privileges an ever-evolving array of visual theatrical forms, including mime, magic, projections and soundscapes. While our work uses language, it is not the primary method of story telling. Our central focus is on what physically happens on stage. This has allowed us to tour our accessible theatre work all around the UK, US and Europe. These tours have included performing and teaching in remote rural communities where there is limited provision and reduced access to high quality contemporary theatre.
Co-Artistic Director / Performer
Filipa studied Communications Sciences at University Nova in Lisbon, Portugal. She went on to train in actor-created theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).
Alongside, she performs regularly with Feeding The Fish, an international juggling and light performance act, whose credits include the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony and Cirque du Soleil. Other directing and assistant directing credits include Instant Film’s short film Suspect, Joshua Hayes’ music video The Fall, Single Shoe's short film Broken Encounter and US-based company Theater Unspeakable.
In 2011 she co-founded Single Shoe Productions and since then has been devising, directing, producing and touring the company’s work. In 2016 the British Council and ACE funded her to develop work and research theatre-devising methods in the US in collaboration with theater-maker Jon Ferguson (Mark Rylance – Nice Fish) and Minneapolis theater companies Theatre Forever, The Coldharts, Live Action Set and TigerLion Arts.
Filipa has extensive experience leading theatre workshops with students, theatre practitioners and community groups.
Bradley Wayne Smith
Co-Artistic Director / Performer
Originally from the U.S., Bradley has directed and performed in a number of American theatres, including Totempole Playhouse and Actors Theatre of Louisville.
After graduating from The University of Iowa, Bradley was accepted into the acting apprenticeship program at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He and two fellow apprentices then co-founded Theatre of a Thousand Juliets, an award-winning theatre company focused on creating new and re-imagined works for national and international audiences. In 2009, Bradley relocated to London where he graduated from LISPA, the London International School of Performing Arts in Actor-Created Theatre.
Based in the UK for over 10 years, he is Single Shoe Productions’ Co-Artistic Director, co-writer and co-producer and has collaborated with multiple award-winning companies including Theatre Temóin, Concert Theatre and Beggars Belief and US-based creator Ben Moffat. He is also a board member of The Nursery Theatre.
Bradley has extensive experience leading theatre workshops with students, theatre practitioners and community groups.