What is A Line?

Anna Bruder and Arji Manuelpillai met making an Educational Young People’s production at the Young Vic Theatre in 2010. In 2011 they started an interactive theatre and art company called A Line Art which specialises in immersive theatre performances and art events for children, young people and their families. 

 

‘What an amazing idea. At last something exciting and fun!’ Timeout. 

 

Their main aim is to inspire and encourage creative play. A Line Art is known for its strong illustrative aesthetic that Anna has honed for the last 7 years. The style takes the audience back to a childlike state of mind by transforming the original interior into an illustrated world. The work is fully accessible and has been described as

 

‘impeccable. By aiming at naivete, her drawing style functions anti-hierarchically: anyone in the room, adult or child, could have drawn what she’s drawn, and that allows anyone to give it a go.’ Exeunt Magazine. 

 

Since 2013 they have created an interactive colouring restaurant called Ready Steady Colour. An interactive driving school called Ready Steady GO! And, most recently in 2018 they created The OFFIE nominated show Ready Steady Lift Off! the space adventure, where children learn to be astronauts and create and fly their own illustrated cardboard rocket!

 

This series of work has been supported by Arts Council England and has successfully toured to theatre spaces including The Southbank Centre where Anna was commissioned as part of Imagine Children’s Festival 2018 to create a Giant Outdoor Games, The Barbican Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, The Oxford Playhouse, The Unicorn Theatre; Story Centres such as Discover Children’s Story Centre and the Story Museum in Oxford; SEN and mainstream schools; outdoor festivals including The Big Draw; community spaces and shopping centres around the UK. We have also toured internationally to Bravo Children’s Festival, Helsinki; Oulu Children’s Festival, Fabriano Big Draw in Milan, entertaining over 50000 people in the past 4 years. 

 

“A Line Art has developed a huge following for their unique brand of interactive art and musical theatre shows where children and adults take part together.”  The Unicorn Theatre

Who's involved?

Anna Bruder

Artist

Anna Bruder is an Artist, Theatre Designer and prop maker who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004. For over 10 years Anna has worked in the world of theatre, not only practicing as a highly skilled prop maker for London's leading musicals, but also designing and building awe inspiring sets and installations for productions at The Young Vic, travelling productions with the ETO and many more theatre based institutions. This has seen her work alongside some of the best-known directors and designers in the country. Since 2011 Anna Bruder has been working on her design concept A Line Art.

Anna and Arji met at the Young Vic Theatre in 2010. Since then they have been working together to create immersive, multi disciplinary theatrical work for children and their families. We deliver theatre projects and programmes of activity on a regional, national and international level.

annabruder.com

Arji Manuelpillai

Artist

Arji is a performer and education artist who has worked both nationally and internationally with young people, children and adults from across the world. His major strength lies in language, which has allowed him to work with several bands including Oojami (whom Timeout calls 'sensational') and The Leano. He has also worked as a spoken word artist sharing the stage with London's best poets from Raymond Antrobus to Hollie Mcnish and from Ed Sheeran to Akala, in venues such as Ronnie Scott's and The Royal Festival Hall. Alongside his own creative projects he has been running workshops for young people. In the last 6 years he has worked for EEA (London's largest Street theatre company), Talawa, The Young Vic Theatre, The Roundhouse, Music in Detention, Mousetrap Education and many more.

arji.org