New Art Club’s Tom Roden and Pete Shenton are pioneering makers of devised dance, theatre and comedy. They started making shows together in Manchester in 1998 and have been presenting ground-breaking performances together nationally and internationally ever since.
They were Place Prize finalists in 2004 and won The Edinburgh Spotlight Best Comedy Award in 2010. They have been regular performers at Soho Theatre and at comedy and dance festivals around the UK.
In 2014/15 they created and toured the hugely successful family show, Hercules. This was their first middle scale show and their first family show. It was their second show that included a large element of participatory dance with over 200 non-professional performers taking part in the show throughout the tour. They are currently developing a new show based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche.
The duo can often be seen as MCs, guest artists and comperes for events such as Mark Watson’s 25 Hour Comedy Marathon, This is Ceilidh and various season and festival launches. Separately they provide a number of services to the theatre, performance and dance world including choreography, movement direction, mentoring, teaching and Dramaturgy. They are ‘Home at Cambridge Junction’ artists and ‘Dream Artists’ of Pavilion Dance South West.