Bash Street Theatre Company is run by Simon Pullum and JoJo Pickering from Penzance in Cornwall.
Bash Street is a small independent theatre company founded 26 years ago by partners, Simon Pullum and JoJo Pickering. We are now performing with our two sons, Finbar and Lochlann, and our niece, Kesha, to make the company a real ‘family affair’.
Based in Penzance, Cornwall, we have built an international reputation performing fast-moving, silent-comedy, street theatre shows, with live musical accompaniment.
Since our first performance, in Morlaix, France in 1991, we have created more than 25 different productions and toured to major festivals throughout the UK and 16 other European countries, as well as in Egypt, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea.
Company director, writer, producer and performer Simon trained as a journalist before joining Cornwall Theatre Company, touring throughout the UK. Later, he co-founded Jo’s Jungle Band street theatre group, developing his musical and circus skills.
Since founding Bash Street Theatre with JoJo in 1991, Simon has written, co-produced and performed in all the shows at festivals throughout the UK, Europe, and the Far East.
His skills include tightrope walking, unicycling, juggling, stilt walking, and playing the violin.
Producer, performer and company director JoJo is one of the two founding partners of the company and is jointly responsible for managing, as well as performing with the company. She teamed up with Simon to perform at the Festival des Arts dans la Rue at Morlaix in France, and Bash Street Theatre was formed.
JoJo travelled with her parents as a child, and had sailed halfway around the world before the age of six. She lived in Spain, and also America, before moving to Cornwall in 1986.
Her artistic background is in dance, studying contemporary jazz ballet under Deloris Perlmutter and Charles Organ.
She has an MBA in business management.
French and Spanish speaker
Lochlann Pickering – Musician
Lochlann first started performing with the company as a stilt-walker in “The Creatures”, and also as a magician in “The Last Illusion”. He plays piano and accordion, and can also juggle and unicycle. His other interests include drawing and film making.
Finbar Pullum – Performer
Stilt-walker, tightrope walker, unicyclist and fire-poi specialist, Finbar has also performed for Bash Street in “The Creatures”. He is currently studying chemistry and physics with the Open University, and also enjoys chess and Ju-Jitsu.
Kesha Pullum – Performer
Kesha is the founder of Disparu Theatre, performing as an acrobat, stiltwalker and unicyclist. This is her second Bash Street production. She was also a stiltwalker in “The Creatures”. Kesha plays violin and accordion, and is planning further training at a French circus school.