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Artistic Rebellion is a playful, political and multidisciplinary theatre company, making new work about inequality, social norms and human connection. Based in Sweden & England, Artistic Rebellion create heartbreakingly raw, surprising and entertaining shows with an international outlook.

Artistic Rebellion was formed in London by Linn Johansson and Matthew Coulton in 2019. Both received a rigorous training from the Complicité-associated BA (Hons) Acting: Collaborative & Devised Theatre course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as post-graduate training in Sweden. They bring their experience of ensemble, devised and physical/movement based theatre together with new writing and original music, creating a process based on collective, interdisciplinary and international collaboration. Working with psycho physical techniques influenced by Jacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, modern neuroscience, Kristin Linklater, and others, Artistic Rebellion strives for telling imaginative, diverse and unheard stories.


Previous productions (“Lillhjrtat och Gosedjuren” - Varberg Festival 2018, Sweden; and “Made From Love” - first developed as part of Fertility Fest 2019 at The Barbican, London, and then performed at Camden People’s Theatre, London in 2020) have been described as “awe-inspiring”, “brave” and “funny”.

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Linn is a Swedish/Dutch actor, theatremaker and singer/songwriter. Linn originally studied educational drama and theatre and social justice, trained in musical theatre and worked as an assistant director at Malmö Stadsteater. After working for several years as a writer, director and performer for young people from deprived backgrounds in Sweden, she came to London to train on the BA Acting CDT course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has always had a close relationship to both music and theatre, and relishes performing as well as making multidisciplinary work that explores new relationships to the audience. Her work in the UK includes Complicité; Les Enfants Terribles, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Tall Stories and Slotmachine. During lockdown Linn studied Representation at Malmö Theatre Academy in Sweden.

Matthew Coulton is an actor, theatre-maker and movement director from Yorkshire, England. His previous work as an actor and maker includes Complicité; English National Opera; Chester Storyhouse; Theatre by the Lake; Leicester Curve; and BBC TV & Radio - as well as international projects in Ukraine and Italy. He has puppeteered for Lyric Hammersmith and Slot Machine Theatre amongst others, and movement directed several Off-West-End 2020 Award nominated productions. Matthew has also worked as a producer of shows and festivals, a dramaturg, and as an acting/movement teacher. He is interested in play; craft; ensemble; skewed, striking imagery; and cross-cultural dialogue. During lockdown Matthew studied screen acting at Gothenburg Theatre Academy in Sweden.

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