Monkhead is a theatre company specialising in experimental adaptations of classic literature.
Chloë Myerson is a working television writer represented by The Agency. She is currently developing two series (for 42 Productions and Celtic). Nico Pimparé is a working actor and director. His credits include development work on ‘Groups’ at the Lyric Hammersmith and he is a member of the Young Vic Directors Network and of the National Youth Theatre. In 2017, he was selected for the Young Vic emerging directors' Springboard programme.
Together they formed Monkhead Theatre in 2017, inspired by a mutual love both of the well-structured narratives and ambitious social arcs of classic literature and the wild rock & roll playfulness of experimental multimedia theatre.
Monkhead adopts a holistic and ensemble-based approach to theatre-making, where the entire creative team build a world together from the collective imagination. The work in the rehearsal room is based around Lecoq, Bogart and Grotowski principles - including video, physical theatre and sound sculpture.
Monkhead, a minority ethnic and female led company, is a strong supporter of diversity in theatre. The company is committed to producing work and attracting audiences that reflect London’s multicultural makeup.
Chloë grew up in South London, where she started writing pretty much as soon as she could hold things and fell in love at a very early age with the music of dialogue. As a teenager she dabbled in devised theatre (YPT1 at the Battersea Arts Centre) whilst continuing to write fiction of all kinds. She studied English Literature at Warwick University and graduated with a first class degree in 2013. Upon moving back to London, age 23, to pursue a career in TV writing, she was signed to The Agency and her first script Sick, a comedy-drama about teenage hospital temps, was developed by Hat Trick. Her second script Green Hundred Road, a surreal murder mystery satire, was optioned by 42 Productions and her third script Bad Idea, is currently under option with Celtic. In the last few years, her interest in theatre has grown and she has experimented with both full-length and scratch pieces and has twice been longlisted for the Old Vic 12 award. Most of all, Chloë sees in theatre the chance for collaboration, experimentation and a genuine understanding of performance.
Nico was born in Paris to a French-Indian family and discovered theatre when his GCSE English teacher forced him to perform Shylock’s monologue. He then moved to London to study at Imperial College and pursue his other love, Physics. In 2014 he graduated with a research paper on quantum entanglement and a first class Masters in Theoretical Physics. His multidisciplinary and multicultural background influences everything he does; rather than training formally, he has sought to learn directly from inspirational people and companies from all over the world. Nico learned Viewpoints and Suzuki with the SITI company (Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki). He trained as an Artistic Immersion student with Double Edge Theatre, an American ensemble in the lineage of Grotowski and Kantor, where he was awarded the Timothy O'Brien Scholarship Fund for international artists of promise. Other teachers include Nia Lynn (RSC), Serge Poncelet (Theatre du Soleil) and Josie Daxter (Complicite). Ten years later, Nico is still fascinated by the spontaneity and vividness he discovered while screaming at his English teacher: “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”