About Psychonaut

Psychonaut is a London-based theatre company and collective, founded in 2020 by Arielle Zilkha and Jaya Twill.

The company is made up of artists graduating from BA Acting and Performance at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London.  

We are an ensemble of seven international artists and theatre-makers (and good friends), combining our skills and interests to create experimental and original contemporary performance. We aim to combine perspectives, medium and methodology, whilst always maintaining a sense of individuality in our work to ensure the representation of each of our members.

As a company, we aim to fuel and encourage creativity without the need for a hierarchy. Collaboration lies at the heart of our devising process. We are all training to be multi-discplinary artists, enabling there to be a fluidity in our roles on a project-to-project basis. Our process is experimental, involving storyboarding, writing and knocking our heads together to create the best work we can.

 

At the heart of our work is this question: what can theatre give us that no other art form can? We are aware of the ever-changing industry and as the next generation of theatre-makers and performers, developing a 21st century approach to theatre-making is integral to our practice. When we make our theatre we are also constructing an event. A live, theatrical event. What can theatre focus on if not live presence? We want the audience to be invested and immersed in the reality of this event at all times (when circumstance allows!), whilst never allowing them to get too comfortable.

 

We strive to keep experimenting with the barriers of theatre, pushing to explore its uniqueness as a live art form, whilst always holding on to our artistic integrity. 

To find out more about our artists, click here.