TOOT is Stuart Barter, Clare Dunn & Terry O’Donovan with producer Faith Dodkins. We write, design & perform live theatre. Our productions flip modern fears & anxieties into joyful collective experience. We use audience tasks, sound compositions & dream-like imagery to create worlds rooted in the everyday - but where the rules are different. Be it an exam-hall, an attic or a focus group, the audience is at the heart of the space & narrative, which moves from one-on-one moments to shared participation.
'The work is always beautifully performed, cleverly constructed & tackles it's themes intelligently but with articulacy & humour' John Luther, South Street
Ten Out of Ten ‘TOOT's slick, clever little show plays astutely on that desire [to achieve], manipulating the audience's eagerness to be winners in the game of life’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Terry is a theatre-maker who founded TOOT with Clare, Stu & Faith in 2012. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die, specialising in site-sensitive performances in which he performs or co-directs. Productions include I Do (Almeida & South Street co-commissions, Irish Tour), Take On Me (Farnham Maltings & APS commission), Handle With Care (UK Tour), La Fille à la Mode (National Theatre Watch This Space, Theatre Royal Haymarket), Side Effects (Laban Theatre, Rich Mix, Royal Opera House Linbury Studio), Caliper Boy (Spirit of the Fringe Nom Dublin Fringe Festival, CPT).
Directing credits include: On the Wire (Best Production Nomination, Irish Times Theatre Awards), The Secret Princess of Severndroog (Look Left Look Right for GDIF), Home Fires, Our Dancing Feet (Zap Arts & Inroad Prods), & Spin Cycle (Emergency Exit Arts). Associate Director with Peut-Être Theatre: The Bug and The Butterfly and The Tin Soldier (Roundhouse, UK & International Tours).
Stu is a theatre practitioner and composer from London.
Alongside TOOT, his actor musician / composer credits include theatre work with Tall Stories’, Dante or Die, Victoria Melody, Look Left Look Right and Fanshen. His song January Roars (lyrics Louise Ainsley) won the Iris Theatre panel award in December 2015, and he was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 composer scheme in 2016.
As a founding member and songwriter of folk-pop band Left With Pictures Stu has released three albums via Organ Grinder Records, played extensively across the UK, received regular radio play via BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and XFM and been published by Sony Music and EMI.
His extensive education work includes being a Director with New Wimbledon Theatre's Young Actor’s Company, a practitioner and Director at The Unicorn Theatre, and an associate Director with Glyndebourne Youth Opera. He has worked internationally with Artis Education training teachers in creativity, and has delivered teacher workshops for The Guardian, Roehampton University and many others over 10 years in performing arts education.
Clare is a director, performer and theatre maker. She is an associate of One Tenth Human (Sarah Punshon), as a co curator and performer and is touring We’re Stuck! 2016/17 produced by China Plate.
She currently works with FanSHEN on several projects including Lists for The End of The World 2017, her theatre work spans projects and shows with The Wellcome Trust, Gecko, Arch 468, Dante or Die, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Compagnie Passe Muraille and New Writing South, Bristol Old Vic, Pulse SOHO shorts, Hiccup and Little Green Pig Young writers project.
Since 2004, as part of theatre company Unpacked she co created and developed all of their touring shows to 2011.
She is currently creating a show with Delme Thomas and Shoreditch Town Hall about food and community.
Clare is resident theatre practitioner at Sevenoaks School and has been a sessional lecturer for Reading University, she trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and DAH Teatar, Belgrade.
Faith is an experienced freelance producer with an interest in the small-scale, live performance, experimental theatre, intimate performances in unusual spaces and clever work for young people.
As well as being part of TOOT, she sits on the board of Dante or Die and works with a collective of artists and producers transforming the disused St. Mark’s Chapel in East Brighton into a development space, called The Spire – a place for emerging theatre makers, community collaboration, live events and experimentation. She works part time in the Theatre & Dance team at the British Council.
Over the past six years Faith has had work supported, commissioned and programmed at venues and festivals across the UK including Shoreditch Town Hall, Brighton Dome & Festival, South Street, The New Wolsey, The Lowry, Cambridge Junction, Camden People’s Theatre, Ovalhouse, Wales Millennium Centre, Pegasus Theatre, Harrogate Theatre, BE Festival, Pleasance Edinburgh, Assembly Festival and Latitude; and internationally at Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Arts House, Intrepid Theatre and De Spil.
She has also made inclusive theatre work for children and young people –Battleship Island premiered at The Basement in April 2012, as part of Brighton & Hove Children’s Festival and toured in Spring 2013 (South Street Reading, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and Chickenshed).