About us

Serious Mischief Theatre Company was founded in 2014 by award winning physical theatre practitioner Jake England-Johns. Our work is fun, physical, full of integrity and has a twinkle in its eye!

Serious Mischief works with a core team of artists and collaborators to make vibrant contemporary circus theatre and dance that acts as a playful catalyst for reflection in our sometimes difficult world.

Often working outdoors, our shows are thought provoking and accessible as we harness the power of playfulness to promote unity for all. With roots in Bristol and Leeds we bring the mischief to all corners of the nation with commitments to audiences in the South West and Yorkshire particularly.

Jake England – Johns

Artistic Director, performer, and general mover of heavy objects

Jake started his theatre career after leaving Bretton Hall in 2005 and began making avant garde physical theatre with his first collaborative and Total Theatre Award winning company Chotto Ookii.
Since then he has trained in numerous circus, theatre, martial art and dance disciplines creating work that is always underpinned by movement techniques.

Wholeheartedly a people person Jake has always sought to bring laughter and honesty with him in his work. He feels that now more than ever we should be creating work that promotes tolerance and unity through playful engagement and direct participation…


Collaborator, Production Manager and Acrobat

Hobbit of Acrobatic Adventures has a diverse and international portfolio of performance related skills and experience, from organising events, choreographing acts and performing in large scale, site specific, ensemble shows.

She is an accomplished hand balancer, dancer and circus teacher with an unmistakable energy for life and a keen interest in the effects of gender stereotypes on child development.


Lucy Speilberg

Collaborator, co-deviser and performer

Lucy Spielberg is a children’s entertainer, circus theatre maker and balloon artist. She is driven by a passion to create lasting memories and experiences that children can share with their families and local communities.

With a foundation degree in Circus and Physical Theatre and a degree in Early Years Childhood Studies with Practitioner Option, Lucy has been able to deepen her understanding of childhood alongside developing her ongoing circus and performance skills.

Lucy is currently developing a circus program that promotes emotional and social well-being in children and adults who are on the fringes of social exclusion.


Other collaborators and Associated Artists

Natasha Holmes, Director of The Wind and the Sun, Artistic Director of Tell Tale Hearts, co-creators of The Wind and the Sun. telltalehearts.co.uk

Angelika Rasmus, Illustrator – arasmus.carbonmade.com

Sarah Shead, Producer, Tour booker and Arts Management in the North, Director of Spin Arts – spin-arts.com

Ana Gillespie, Freelance Producer and Tour booker in the South, contact her on: 07717363875, producerana@gmail.com

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