Mentor, Director, Choreographer

Leo has experience in working with special needs groups, youths on the verge of exclusion, students of performance, professional dancers, actors and physical theatre performers. He has taught in Brazil, India, France, Taiwan, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and England.

Decypher Cru
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The Decibel Showcase, Sept 2009
A missing phone, a pirate radio station and some special digits that unlock the key to a fierce lyrical battle. The Decypher Collective recontextualise grime in a hip hop theatre production first performed at the Birmingham Base Festival.
Emcees: Daps, Deci4life, Evoke, GT, LCB, RT, Mentored by Polar Bear, Coordinated by Charlie Dark, Directed & Choreographed by Leo Kay, Commissioned by Punch Records and The Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Pressure Drop
Pressure Drop
Junction Theatre Cambridge, 2008/09
The modern experience of ‘being young’ is, to the onlooker, defined by a barrage of clichés, stereotypes and assumptions… Impossible aspirations of wealth and stardom are represented as normality within our own culture. But, as they aspire towards these dreams, young people balance on a precarious tightrope between success or failure!
Mentored by Leo Kay, Produced by Dance Offensive, Directed by Paul Sadot.
Journeyman
Journeyman
Hackney Empire, July–Aug 2008
A tale about a down-and-out boxer forced to take a dive. Set in a boxing ring, a song cycle by a 9 piece junk band and 4 aerial performers ensues. First performed in April–July 2007.
Written by Glyn Cannon, Music Directed by James Fortune, Movement Directed & Choreographed by Leo Kay
Ben Mellor
Voices of Dissent
Contact Theatre, April 2008
An anarchic, dynamic, bicycle-powered solo show mixing hip hop influenced spoken word poetry, drama and renewable energy.
Written & Performed by Ben Mellor, Produced by Ric Watts, Directed & Choreographed by Leo Kay.
I Hear Voices
I Hear Voices
Contact Theatre, Feb 20–23, 2008
Kendal Live Literary Festival, 2006
A bold move into that exciting area where performance, poetry, spoken word and street music fuse to create something wholly new.
Performed by Samira Arhin-Acquaah, Ben Mellor, Martin Stannage, Sounds by Jason Singh, Sound Design by Dan Steel, Directed by Shabina Aslam, Co Directed & Choreographed by Leo Kay, Commissioned by Contact Theatre.
Liaison (come with me)
Liaison (come with me)
Bernie Grant Centre, Jan 25–26, 2008
A reinvention of site-responsive performance, Liaison is an electrifying mix of touching humanity, intimate storytelling and charged lyricism. The performance takes the visitor on a journey into unseen space.
Devised by NEW ZOO, Dramaturgy by Polar Bear, Directed by Leo Kay.
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Speakers’ Corner
UK Tour Autumn 2007
Speakers’ Corner seeks a response to the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade. This performance explores the black British relationship to enslavement and emancipation asking whether we have moved on so far from the days of slavery and the middle passage.
Presented by Don Letts, Produced by Amanda Roberts, Directed by Leo Kay, Commissioned by CNM, The Albany, Birmingham Rep.