Kevin Tomlinson is a professional actor, writer and improviser. He has spent the last 20 years performing all over the world with numerous theatre companies and has worked extensively with Keith Johnstone (author of IMPRO) in Canada.


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He co-founded KEPOW THEATRE COMPANY in 1991 with Paul Jenkins - whilst they were both studying Drama at the University of Hull - and together they have turned Kepow into one of Britain's leading mask and improvisation-based theatre companies. Their shows are known for their mix of comedy, pathos and visual humour.


As an actor, Kevin trained on the Acting Course at Middlesex University (led by John Wright) and then at the Ecole Philippe Gaullier; before spending a year at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre. He gained his Equity card by working as an actor at the Northampton Royal Theatre and then worked with Trestle Theatre Company, Trading Faces, Told by an Idiot and numerous other touring companies.


As a writer, Kevin won the SUNDAY TIMES PLAYWRIGHT AWARD in 1992, for his absurdist play WHO?, which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. The ROSE BRUFORD TRUST AWARD then followed for his play THE SEARCH. He then went on to work as the writer-in residence for a year at the Royal Theatre in Northampton.

 

Between 1997-2000, Kevin visited Canada on a regular basis to work with Keith Johnstone (author of IMPRO) and Keith's Loose Moose Theatre Company, taking the lead role in two of Keith's comedy plays; DAMIAN and THE INVITATION. Whilst there, he developed a passion for improvised theatre and performed in numerous Loose Moose Improv Shows.

 

Returning to the UK, Kevin moved his attention from scripted plays to improvised plays. Since 1999, his company - KEPOW! - have produced 14 such shows and toured the world. Places they have taken their improvised plays to, include: Hong Kong, America, New Zealand, Canada, Holland, Norway, Germany, Bali, Singapore and Hawaii.

 

In New Zealand, The Times called his first improvisation show On The Edge: "excellent...a must see show!".  For the past decade Kevin has also worked extensively with Keith Johnstone (author of the book Impro and creator of Theatresports), in Canada and the UK. 


In 1999 Kevin performed alongside the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in the Royal Court Theatre show Micestro for charity at the famous Hackney Empire; directed by Keith Johnstone and Phelim McDermott (Improbable Theatre director). 


Kevin's current show Seven Ages (created with Keith' Johnstone's help) received 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and a standing ovation on the last night. It has since gone on to be seen at over 450 venue across the UK and in 10 different countries abroad (on 4 separate continents).

 

 

Kevin has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival 16 times. For more information about KEPOW's work, please go to: www.kepowtheatre.co.uk