Liz is a founder and director of Apus Productions since the company was established in 2007. Originally trained at the Chelsea College of Art and the London College of Fashion, she has worked as a costume designer and maker since 2001, on shows ranging from West End musicals to community operas. With Apus she now specialises in walkabout street theatre and giant puppetry.
Charles Joined the company in 2014 when the project Hull Carnival Arts was born. He is a community Artist and Musician with over 10 years experience. He studied Fine Art painting at Central St. Martins college in London.
Whatever art form Charles works in, empowerment, inclusion and participation are always key, giving people opportunities to learn and increase skills, develop their understanding of an art form, nurturing and unlocking their creativity.
Apus Productions are an established street theatre production company and have been touring walkabout street theatre since 2007. Originally a partnership between Julia Dixey from Heir of Insanity and Liz Dees who studied at the London College of Fashion. Charles Huckvale joined the company in 2014 giving up his job as a florist and choral tutor!
With specialist skills in costume design and construction, prop and mobile set realisation, as well as large scale outdoor street theatre and carnival costume and puppetry. They are based in Hull which was named Uk City of culture in 2017.
They have a current repetoire of eight street theatre acts that tour nationally and internationally. All the acts are walkabout mix and mingle with two having static performable show options. They are all family friendly and can be performed during the day or night time illuminated. Thanks to Liz’s partner Ian, an electronics engineer, the acts have all singing, all dancing, pre-programmable sound and lighting systems.
The team at Apus create performances that combine street theatre, experimental costume design and innovative lighting and sound technology. The performance team and visual artists aim to be original, inspiring, entertaining and professional.
They have performed at Festivals and events such as Freedom Festival Hull, Glastonbury, Spare Parts Festival, Festival of the Sky, the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race and the Welcome to the Forest event as part of the first London borough of culture celebrations. Internationally they have performed at Sighet, Romania; Waterford, Ireland; Mumbai, India and Qatar and Doha in the middle east.
With their high quality repetoire they fit many themes and events types. They have large scale puppetry, pedal powered crazy contraptions, intimate encounters and highly costumed stilt walkers, all performed by professional actors.
They specialise in interactive performance involving audience engagement, allowing the audience to forget themselves for a second and making people happy. If you require an ice breaker, a surprise, or the unexpected serendipitous encounter at your event, you will not be disappointed.
The wider team
Meet our team of freelance performers and artists. All based in Hull and the surrounding area, they travel with our acts nationally and internationally. They are all professionally trained in drama or art and design. The majority have collaborated with us since the companies inception. We welcome new members of our team every year including new graduates and artists moving into the outdoor arts sector.