Lead artist and performer: Jesse Fox
Writer: Danielle Pearson
Director: George Evans
Jesse Fox was born in 1989, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and into a world that promised unity, security and peace in Europe. Sorting through boxes of papers and memories while his parents prepare to move out of his childhood home, the world that Jesse once knew seems to be collapsing around him. Grappling with the chaos of his present, he discovers a family tree that - like so many millions of others - encompasses Europe’s wars, painful secrets and love transcending borders.
Combining high impact, performer led sound, with intimate storytelling, New Europe sends its audience on a semi-fictionalised, semi-autobiographical journey across our continent’s past, present and future. Visiting three significant years - 1989, 2016 and 2042 - old certainties fall away as our black and white, idealistic narratives begin to unravel.
New Europe builds on the success of Jesse’s recent shows with his company Engineer Theatre Collective, which have seen his work nominated for various Off West End Awards and featured in The New Yorker.
Jesse trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the Collaborative and Devised Theatre BA Acting course, and has since worked as an actor, director and theatre maker. His acting credits include ‘Midsomer Murders’ and ‘Foyle's War’ (ITV), ‘Doctors’ (BBC) and ‘Hard Feelings’ (Finborough Theatre). He provided devising and dramaturgical support to Cressida Brown on ‘Re:Home’ (The Yard) in 2016, and recently to Kirstly Housely (co-director, The Encounter) as associate director on ‘War and War’ at the Pleasance. He has led workshops for Complicite’s Creative Learning programme and the Acting Diploma course at Central School of Speech and Drama.
In 2012 Jesse co-founded Engineer Theatre Collective, a group of devisers dedicated to making striking, ensemble-led theatre. Their first show MISSING (Underbelly, Coventry Belgrade, New Diorama Theatre) won the 2013 Scottish Daily Mail Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award and received ringing endorsement from the Missing People charity. Last year Jesse co-directed RUN for the company, which ran for 5 weeks (Greenwich Theatre, New Diorama) and followed a group of young people pursuing a banking career in post-recession Britain. The show was featured in The New Yorker and nominated for 2 Off West End Awards (Best Director, Best Ensemble).
Jesse has just finished directing a new devised show for Engineer, titled The Gap in the Light, which runs for a month at the New Diorama. Jesse has also just worked as movement director on A Lie of the Mind at Southwark Playhouse, which received a 5***** review from The Times. In summer 2018 he will return to Central to co-direct The Caucasian Chalk Circle with final year BA Acting students.