Hot Coals Theatre was founded in 2012 by core members and recent graduates from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s brand new post-graduate course, ‘MA Theatre Lab’.


Hot Coals Theatre use physical theatre and clowning and have an unquenchable desire to explore and play. Through research and devising we make theatre from scratch, from a seed of an idea.

Our manifesto is to create highly visual theatre, through devising and collaboration, which is inclusive to both a hearing and Deaf audinece.

We create compelling visual stories using both body and imagination in partnership with exciting sound and lighting to challenge traditons and explore creating our own unique blend of chaplineque accessible theatre.


Hot Coals aim to make accessible theatre that brings together both hearing and Deaf audiences in a shared experience.


Our first production, Storm in a Teacup, about three old sisters fighting the system to stay in their home, won huge praise when it performed at Park Theatre back in 2014. The show then toured both nationally and internationaly for two years, to venues and festivals including; RADA, Brighton, Prague and Edinburgh Festivals and a UK rural tour. 


Our second show Finders Keepers, created in co-production with RADA Festival has also toured extensively gaining 4 star reviews in Edinburgh Festival Fringe and enjoying a UK Regional Theatre tour.

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