Award-winning theatre company, representing the lesser-known.
“exciting young company” – The Stage
Led by Artistic Director, Steffan Donnelly, we promote neglected literary voices, theatre in different languages, and produce inventive new writing. Our goal is to surprise, thrill, and provoke our audiences with modern classics and original work.
Invertigo was Associate Company of Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre in North Wales (2016-2019), where we launched our new production My Body Welsh (Nominated for 2 Wales Theatre Awards 2018), co-produced the inaugural Wales-China Festival 2018, and premiered the Welsh version of Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree, Autumn 2018 and Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru 2019.
We won the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises when we launched in 2012, and since then have gone on to work with over 300 artists, producing 9 full-scale productions, commissioning new plays, as well as running many rehearsed readings and development workshops.
We work collaboratively, co-producing with organisations and artists, including Theatr Clwyd on our adaptation of Caradoc Evans’ My People. We also tour internationally and My Body Welsh has performed at Kerala’s International Theatre Festival (2018), Kerala Literature Festival, National Gallery of Mumbai (2019), and most recently, in Daito Bunka’s Kaikan Hall in Tokyo (2020).
❝exciting young company❞
Derwen by Tim Crouch
Autumn / Hydref 2018 & Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru 2019.
Welsh language premiere of An Oak Tree. Premiere o ddrama arobryn Tim Crouch.
Actorion / Actors: Steffan Donnelly & ???
Cyfarwyddo / Director: Andrew Whyment
Cyfieithiad / Translation: Mared Llywelyn Williams
Wales-China Festival 2018
Co-produced the inaugural Wales-China Festival in February 2018 – a trilingual cultural exploration of the two countries.
Artists included: Hao Jingfang (Hugo Award Winner), Gareth Bonello and The Gentle Good, Francesca Rhydderch (Wales Book of the Year Award), Yan Ying, House of Absolute.
Producers: Steffan Donnelly and Pontio
My Body Welsh by Tara Robinson and Steffan Donnelly
Spring / Gwanwyn 2017, taith Cymru / Wales tour (★★★★★ Golwg, ★★★★ Wales Arts Review).
Nominated for Wales Theatre Awards 2018: Best Touring Production, Best Male Performance for Steffan Donnelly.
International Theatre Festival of Kerala, India, January 2018.
Kerala Literature Festival and National Gallery of Mumbai, India, January 2019.
Daito Bunka Kaikan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, February 2020.
Dir: Tara Robinson
My People by Caradoc Evans adapted by Steffan Donnelly
Winter 2015, Theatr Clwyd (“acid-sharp, biting humour” – The Observer, ★★★★ Western Mail, ★★★★★ Arts Scene Wales).
Dir: Aled Pedrick and Steffan Donnelly
A Local Boy by Dan Murphy
Spring 2015, Arts Theatre, West End and touring: Invertigo’s Writer-In-Residence scheme.
Dir: Kay Michael (2014 development and production) and Rae McKen (2015 production)
Y Tŵr (The Tower) by Gwenlyn Parry
Spring 2015, Arcola, London and touring Wales: nominated for 3 Wales Theatre Awards 2016 (★★★★★ Y Cymro).
Dir: Aled Pedrick
Spring 2014, RichMix, London: one-on-one theatre piece featuring live dates with characters from history and fiction, commissioned to respond to Valentine’s Day by IdeasTap, RichMix, and Shoreditch Festival.
Outside On The Street (Draussen Vor Der Tuer) by Wolfgang Borchert
Summer 2013, Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola, London: winner Pleasance Edinburgh Charlie Hartill Special Reserve.
Dir: Owen Horsley
Resident Company at HighTide Festival Theatre
Autumn 2013, projects included a rehearsed reading in English of the previously untranslated Czech play Eva (Gazdina Roba) by Gabriela Preissová.
Autumn 2012, one night of seven short plays inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins in the candle-lit George Tavern, Tower Hamlets.
Freefall by Steffan Donnelly
Summer 2012, Invertigo’s first play with Barbican and Guildhall support (featuring the four co-founders acting): winner Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Entreprises.
Dir: Kay Michael
Steffan Donnelly is an actor, writer, and Artistic Director of Invertigo Theatre Company. Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a writer, Steffan co-wrote My Body Welsh and adapted My People for Invertigo’s co-production with Theatr Clwyd (“acid-sharp prose, biting humour … clever adaptation”, Observer), both are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. Acting credits include: Pilgrims (HighTide/The Yard/Theatr Clwyd) — Off-West End Award Nomination for Best Male Performance 2016, Henry VI and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe Ensemble), Derwen (Invertigo Tour and Eisteddfod), Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (World Tour), Titus Andronicus (all at Shakespeare’s Globe), Y Tŵr/The Tower (Invertigo Tour) — 3 Wales Theatre Award Nominations 2016; Outside on the Street (Pleasance Edinburgh/Arcola Theatre); Saer Doliau/Doll Mender (Finborough Theatre). Radio includes: Tumanbay (BBC). Television includes: The Innocents (Netflix), London Spy (BBC). Film includes: Darkest Hour (Working Title), Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox).
Co-founders: Steffan Donnelly, Tim Bowie, Sion Alun Davies, Paapa Essiedu.