Artistic Rebellion is a playful, political and honest devised theatre company, making 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, 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 an imaginative, diverse theatre, telling otherwise 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, theatre-maker and singer/song-writer. Her previous work includes as assistant director with Malmö Stadsteater, as writer, performer and director for several shows for children and young people. Linn has been co-creator and producer for several projects in both Sweden and England. Her work in the UK includes Complicité; The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch; Filter Theatre; and Les Enfants Terribles.

Matthew Coulton is an actor, theatre-maker and movement director from Yorkshire, England. His previous work as an actor and deviser 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.

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