...one of the most consistently thought-provoking choreographers working in Britain today. The Observer

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BlackBirdRedRose Productions are looking for new Trustees to join our board.


Our board are actively involved in the company's strategic development whilst also bringing their personal skills and experience to the ongoing guidance of the organisation. We welcome applications from individuals with a passion for culture from all areas of our diverse community.

For details of how to apply or to book an informal chat about the role, please contact Megan Farrow, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BlackBirdRedRose Productions are looking for new Trustees to join our board.

Summer School

12th to 18th July 2020


Following an incredible Summer School in 2019 we are delighted to confirm our dates for 2020.

The Mark Bruce Company Summer School is an intensive week-long residency held in our studio in Frome, Somerset. Auditions will be held in February 2020 and will be open to dance students from vocational schools and recent graduates aged 16+.

The Mark Bruce Company is committed to enabling students who need financial assistance to take part through our Summer School Bursary Fund.

Download an application form (PDF)

Following an incredible Summer School in 2019 we invite you to save the date for 2020.

Dance Wear Donations

We are delighted to launch our new Dance Wear Donations scheme


The Mark Bruce Company is setting up a new scheme called Dance Wear Donations. We feel strongly that there are many dance clothes that children grow out of that could have a fantastic second life with children in less fortunate circumstances. Through the help of a company member we are linking up with dance schools in South Africa. Our first suitcase of donations leaves in July 2019, more details of these schools to follow.

Our aim is to link with vocational dance schools in the UK in the hope that students and their families will donate good quality grown out of dancewear and shoes.

If you or your school would like to get involved and start donating please get in touch on 01373 462168.


We are sending dancewear and shoes to dance schools in South Africa.

BlackBirdRedRose Studios

Mark Bruce Company is based in our own studios in Frome, Somerset.


The company is based in a fantastic large and versatile space in our home town of Frome, Somerset. Here we create and rehearse our theatrical and digital work, make and store set and costumes, expand our education programme and run the company. Our light and airy studio has a large sprung Harlequin floor and supporting facilities including offices and green room.

If you would like to visit or hire our space please get in touch.

On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre

Oberon has recently published Mark's new book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre".

On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre will be an invaluable insight into Bruce's approach, both artistic and practical, as he documents his process from the beginnings of ideas to the realisation of a full-length production. Bruce provides an explanation of the range of skills he believes are required, and all that needs to be considered in the creation of dance theatre.


Cover image by Nicole Guarino

ISBN: 9781783197774

www.oberonbooks.com

Oberon has recently published Mark's new book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre".

National Dance Awards

We are incredibly proud that Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard have both received National Dance Awards nominations for their roles in Macbeth.

Eleanor has been nominated in the Outstanding Female Modern Performance category for her role as Lady Macbeth and Jonathan has been nominated in the Outstanding Male Modern Performance for his role as Macbeth.



The National Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle in each year of this Millennium to celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together over 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK.

Macbeth photography: Nicole Guarino
Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard receive National Dance Awards nominations.

Macbeth 2018

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic descent into the darkest sides of human nature.


★★★★ "...beautifully executed…" The Guardian

★★★★ "Dark, smart dance-theatre." The Stage

★★★★ "...everything in this production is perfectly judged…" The Evening Standard

★★★★★ "Disturbing and exhilarating in equal measure." Culture Whisper

★★★★★ "Not to be missed... I was completely transported." Stage Talk

★★★★★ "...stagecraft of the highest intelligence..." Broadway World

★★★★ "Goddard and Duval are spellbinding together..." Reviews Hub

★★★★ "Goddard’s portrayal of the title character is simply extraordinary..." London Theatre 1

★★★★ "Incisive and thrilling dance-theatre…" The Arts Desk

Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeths (Jonathan Goddard, Eleanor Duval) unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction, unravelling events in a nightmare they cannot control.

With a cast of nine and designed by the creative team that brought you Dracula and The Odyssey, this dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.



Photographs © Nicole Guarino and Mark Bruce

A striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
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