Founded in 2005 by Director, Writer & Performer Suzanne Andrade and Animator & Illustrator Paul Barritt, 1927 is a multi-award winning Margate & London based Performance Company that specialises in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic performance.
Working from its creation base in Margate and office in London, 1927 works across theatre, opera and music to craft productions of ambition and scale for audiences and participants in the UK & across the globe. 1927’s work has been seen by over 600,000 people in 35 countries, across 5 continents.
Central to 1927s vision is the exploration of the relationship between live performer & animation in pursuit of creating dynamic and innovative live performance. 1927’s hybrid work combines spoken word, film, music, song, movement and hand made animation and aims to make these disparate elements work in a minutely choreographed harmony. Working across theatre, opera and music 1927 collaborates with partners and makes work for audiences in Margate, London, the UK & across the globe.
Suzanne is the Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of 1927. 1927's trade-mark style integrates performance, music and animation to create ground breaking theatre.
As 1927, Suzanne and Paul (alongside fellow collaborators Appleton and Henley) have worked together for 10 years to create their own unique style of theatre making, inspired by their love of silent film and animation.
For 1927, Suzanne has written and directed the multi award winning show's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Animals and Children took to the Streets and Golem. Awards for these productions include Herald Angel, Fringe First, Carol Tambor, Arches Brick, Total Theatre, Off West End, Critics Circle and the Peter Brook Empty Space Ensemble Award. Since 2007 the company have toured extensively across 5 continents to 35 countries
Suzanne's opera debut was The Magic Flute for the Komische Opera which she co-conceived and co-directed and which has been licensed to opera houses in Germany, USA, Spain, Finland and Poland. In 2017 Suzanne co-created Stravinsky's Petrushka and Ravels L'enfant et les sortileges for Berlin's Komische Opera, co-directing the show with 1927 collaborator Esme Appleton. In 2015, Suzanne featured alongside Paul in the Progress 1000, a list of the 1000 most influential people in London and in 2016 feature in The Stage 100 List of the most influential people in UK Theatre.
Paul Barritt is the Co-founder and Co-artistic Director of 1927. For 1927 Paul has co-created, animated and designed 3 highly acclaimed and innovative animated theatre shows - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; The Animals and Children Took to the Streets; and Golem. Paul's opera debut was The Magic Flute for the Komische Opera which he co-conceived and animated and which has been licensed to opera houses in Germany, USA, Spain, Finland and Poland. In 2017 Paul co-created and animated Stravinsky's Petrushka and Ravels L'enfant et les sortileges for Berlin's Komische Opera. For his work with 1927, Paul has won the Critic’s Circle Award for best design (Golem) and the coveted Knight of the Illumination award for best Projection (Golem).
Outside of 1927 Paul has collaborated with Musik Fabrik Köln, on an animated new music concert (Krazy Kat Projekt), his short film White Morning (2013) played in many of the major film festivals including Sundance, Melbourne International film Festival and London Short Film Festival, he has also collaborated with V&A museum, animating a painting by Dennis van Alsloot. Paul also lectures in Animation and Illustration at Middlesex University. In 2015, Paul featured alongside Suzanne in the Progress 1000, a list of the 1000 most influential people in London and in 2016 feature in The Stage 100 List of the most influential people in UK Theatre.