Bash Street is a small independent theatre company founded 29 years ago by partners, Simon Pullum and JoJo Pickering.
Based in Penzance in 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 25 different productions and toured to major festivals throughout the UK, and in more than 20 European countries, as well as in Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea.
Simon Pullum – company director, writer 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 troupe, developing his musical and circus skills.
Since founding the company with JoJo in 1991, Simon has written and performed in every Bash Street show at festivals throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East.
His skills include tightrope walking, unicycling, juggling, stilt walking and playing the violin.
JoJo Pickering – 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 sea-faring parents as a child and sailed halfway around the world before the age of six! She then 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 and is an RYA Yachtmaster.
Lochlann Pickering – performer and musician
Lochlann first started performing with the company at the age of 12, as a stiltwalker in The Creatures at a circus festival in Cairo. His next role was performing magic in The Last Illusion. More recently he has concentrated on his musical ability, providing live piano accompaniment in The Lion Tamer, Bellevue Hotel, CLIFFHANGER! and currently The Strongman. Lochlann studied Performing Arts at Circomedia in Bristol and also Music Performance at Truro College in Cornwall.
Kesha Pullum – performer and musician
Kesha is the founder of Disparu Theatre, a street theatre company based in Redruth, performing as an acrobat, juggler, stiltwalker and unicyclist. The Strongman is her fourth show with Bash Street Theatre, having also performed in CLIFFHANGER! and Bellevue Hotel, and as a stiltwalker in The Creatures. Kesha, who also plays violin and accordion, studied Contemporary Circus at Circomedia in Bristol.