THE COMPANY 

Creating thought provoking, playful theatre for audiences internationally.

Teatro Pomodoro is an award-winning international theatre company made up of performers and creators from  5 different countries ( Canada, Italy, Japan, Spain and UK).

Based in Liverpool, brought together in Paris at Ecole Philippe Gaulier. 

Specializing in an electrifying blend of clowning, bouffon, music, comedy and dance Teatro Pomodoro uses the experience of artists who have performed all around Europe, Asia and North America.

“One of the most innovative, international physical theatre companies currently working in the North West.”

Francesca Peschier, New Works Associate, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatre

Carmen Arquelladas

Creative Director, Performer

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Carmen Arquelladas is an international performer and artist who has been working in theatre companies for more than 15 years as co-director, actress, deviser, physical theatre maker and designer for both costume and set. She has a Masters and a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Granada, Spain, and also studied with renowned clown and bouffon teacher, Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France; as well as John Wright, Eric Davis (Red Bastard), Peta Lily and Michael Gellman.

   Starting out with El Laboratorio in Spain, she designed set, costumes and makeup and played a key role in devising and performing in a variety of their shows touring around the world. Currently, Carmen is based in the UK, where she works in collaboration with international artists and companies on projects ranging from theatre, outdoor events, youth projects and cabaret, including the Lantern CompanyWalk the Plank, Action Transport TheatreThe Kazimier and Wild Rumpus among others. She has made costumes for the West End "Potted Panto" as well as being the costume designer for Cabaret from the Shadows.

Carmen is also Movement Lecturer in the University of Chester and has worked as logistics organizer and project manager for INCA UK who works with international groups and cooperations.

Carmen is full of creative knowledge and an extremely versatile performer and creator. For more info check out her website!

 

Duncan Cameron

Joint Artistic Director, Performer

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Hailing from Canada, Duncan was inspired to be a performer after winning Gold in the national tournament of the Canadian Improv Games. He attributes his style of working to the improv games which have helped him hugely in devising work for the stage.

Duncan began creating theatre for Fringe Festivals in Canada before moving to France to complete his studies at Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

Since then, Duncan has worked on theatre around Europe, on projects ranging from street theatre, childrens theatre, cabaret, clown and bouffon, with companies such as Teatro Pomodoro, A Ship of Fools, Action Transport Theatre, Stuff and Nonsense and the Invisible Circus. 

Currently, Duncan is concocting a solo show called VIVA!!!, which he has taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one day plans to go on an international tour.

To add to Duncans theatre experience, he also plays piano accordion, piano, diatonic harmonica and occasionally the bagpipes. 

Overall, Duncan is a very enthusiastic performer who is always eager to forge new, exciting and compelling spectacles for audiences around the world. To see more of Duncan, check out his website!

 

Leebo Luby

Joint Artistic Director, Performer

The only actual scouser in the company, Leebo graduated from Hope Street Ltd’s Emerging Artist Programme in 2008 and has never looked back. 

While chasing the ridiculous dream of an idiot man, he suddenly found himself in France at Ecole Philippe Gaulier; where he co-founded the clown company “Man With A Porpoise”. 

In 2014, he won a place as one of the artists on Conflux’s International Residency in Glasgow, on which he created the beginnings of what would become his first solo clown show “Farucchio Peru is Extraordinaire”. 

This was then further developed with renowned clown, Aitor Basauri and premiered in Liverpool at Physical Fest 2015.
To learn how to spell Farucchio, check facebook.

 

Miwa Nagai

Joint Artistic Director, Performer

Having graduated at Tamagawa University, department of performing arts and drama, Tokyo, Japan, Miwa was part of Theatre NLT, a comedy theatre company established in 1964, for which she performed more than 30 plays.

She cultivated her good sense of pitch and rhythm through her work with a chorus group and learning piano in childhood. She makes full use of it when creating comedy theatre.

Also an accomplished dancer,  Miwa has studied and practiced various styles, including modern, jazz, tap and Japanese traditional dance.

She has experience in varied performance genres and platforms such as mystery, Japanese historical plays, drama readings, magic shows, musicals, TV drama, web commercials, clown shows, comedy and the artistic performance style of “Blanche Neige”(Directed by Cathrine Baÿ).

Miwa studied in Ecole Philippe Gaulier, and has recently moved bases from Tokyo to Liverpool, to continue her career with new opportunities.

If you can read Japanese, check out Miwa's blog

 

Simone Tani

Managing Artistic Director, Performer

For over 15 years Simone has been working in theatre, performing with companies like Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary, Canada), Lemon Collective (Liverpool) and Lantern Company (Liverpool). Recently performed at Cabaret de Fous in Tokyo, New Zealand Impro Festival and Melbourne Impro Festival and with Lantern Company in Liverpool.

He is the co-founder of i Bugiardini in Rome, with which he performed several shows, including the show "Shhh!" acclaimed by reviewers and audience at Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.

Simone graduated at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, where he studied clown and bouffon, and he also trained with renowned theatre practitioners like Carlo Boso, Keith Johnstone, Michael Gellman and Mark Bell.

He taught mask play workshops at University of Chester, National Taiwan University of Arts, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Edge Hill University  and in several countries around the world. He is also a mask maker and recently designed and made a set of theatrical masks for Chocolate Theatre in Hong Kong.

 

RJ Lloyd

Producer

RJ is a producer, writer and director who has been working in theatre from the age of 16. Taught to walk by a dog, he originates from South Africa, was brought up mostly in Bristol, and now lives in Liverpool where his work mostly resides. 

RJ originally trained as a stage manager under the mentorship of director, John Redgrave, at the Bristol School of Performing Arts. He also has a Masters degree in Performance Studies from Liverpool Hope University, where he received the John Godber Prize for best performance in 2019. 

RJ is the co-founder and producer of The Coach House Theatre Collective (2017): a site-sympathetic theatre company who produce and develop new works of theatre from their home kitchen. The Coach House have completed a residency at Metal in Liverpool, and they have also created theatre in shops, dilapidated churches, and pubs in Liverpool and around the UK.

In 2017, RJ produced, co-wrote, and performed in ‘Creepypasta, The Story of Oscar’, which toured in Bristol, Liverpool, and the Camden Fringe. RJ is also the creative-producer for BlackFest, and he is the production manager for Lantern-Writers. 

 

"They are definitely a group that always attracts a good audience with their energetic and thought-provoking performance style."
 Matthew Linley Admin Director New Wolsey Theatre

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Teatro Pomodoro

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pomodoro

pow·muh·daw·row

  - Noun: Italian word for "Tomato"

  - Adjective

  1. denoting a sauce made from tomatoes, typically served with  live performance.

  2. "a low-calorie pomodoro sauce is the way to go if you're planning on enjoying some Theatre"