We are collaborative, non-profit theatre company. We create experimental performance through an organic process, pushing the typical boundaries of theatre to create exciting and refreshing audience experiences.


We often incorporate multimedia into our performances, as well as our own musical compositions.






"I really love Up the Ante's ethos."


"Engaging and thought-provoking."




"I am very excited for Up the Ante's future."





Up The Ante and Irrational Behaviour

Arnolfini, 2018

Directed by Kara Wheatley



"Amazing acting & very funny."

"Very creative and original."

"Stunning animation!!"

"Awesome use of soil!"


"Beautiful application of physical theatre to tell the story!"

"I am speechless to be honest... An FILLED with questions about my existence - LOVED IT!"


Intersect is an innovative collaboration between Up The Ante and street theatre company Irrational Behaviour. It uses multi media, physical theatre and original music to ultimately merge stage and screen. Aimed at a technical generation, inspired by the mind and philosophical nature of children. You will be taken on a journey of discovery, exploring alternate existences and realities as one world permeates the other.


Featuring music by Lucy Hannam, animation by Dan Budd, film by Carl Wafker & Michael Brumby.


That's Just Earl

Up The Ante

Alma Tavern, 2015

Directed by Stephanie Crothers




"Earl was bought to life so well, I wanted to take him home!"

 "A thought-provoking and fascinating piece to watch."

"A thoroughly enjoyable evening!"


A devised piece developed using a collaborative approach and improvisation. The stylised show uses physical theatre, shadow theatre and puppetry as well as incorporating new composition.


Featuring music by Up The Ante, produced by Eduardo João Gama.


Auguste and The Moon

Up The Ante

Trinity Centre's Fyfe Hall, 2016

Directed by Eduardo João Gama



"This was a wonderful, emotional play that resonated in me and in my life choices!"

"It was immense!"

 "The show was challenging, intriguing, captivating and very emotional at the end. Well done team."


An  adaptation of Henry Miller's The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder.


The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, according to Miller, is his only composition to draw inspiration "from the blue". The complex story follows the journey of Auguste, the famous clown who finds nothing easier than to make his audience laugh, but suffers dissatisfaction night after night. Through his performance, instead he seeks more, stopping at nothing less than attempting to bestow a lasting joy to his audience. It intricately explores the nature of work, the essence of happiness, and the longing to shake free of everyday life and to find something more. Auguste and The Moon is a contemporary piece that melds physical theatre, improvisation and clowning with media and composition.


Featuring music by Eduardo João Gama and Lucy Hannam.


Auguste is Coming

Up The Ante and Irrational Behaviour

Broadmead and St Nick's Market, 2016


"Oh no, Clowns!"

"You're going to need a bigger mop!"


Collaborative street theatre pieces with Irrational Behaviour. Clowns attempt to clean the streets of Broadmead and wreak havoc in St Nicholas' Market.



The Actor's Playdate - adult theatre-play workshops


"I went to two of the Actor's Playdates workshops and am hungry for more!"

"I loved Jo's facilitation style and how all the exercises really built on each other."

"It felt very inclusive as a space."

"It's nice to see people come out of their shell In ways you wouldn't expect."

"Our imagination is embraced in the room with no judgement."

"Its like going to a workout class but for your imagination."



Body of Sound series with Igne Barkauskaite and Lucy Hannam


"The exercises were given in a way that weaved both voice and body together."

"My intentions began to relate more to the shape of my body, which I think Is vital in performing."

"I feel like I've come away with many techniques for both the voice and body movement."



Lecoq Series with Igne Barkauskaite


"Igne is an incredible workshop leader!"

"Very inclusive and great opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds/ages."

"I loved your attitude towards sharing, exchange and connecting."

"I really love Up the Ante's ethos and think the company has a great spirit about it."