We are Buried Thunder, a physical theatre company of 6, from different ethnic and performative backgrounds.
We have a mixture of skills and interests including hip-hop, music, contemporary dance and theatre - a variety that can be seen in our work.
We formed in 2017, taking a short piece to the Inter University Drama Festival in London. The company then grew into something bigger when we secured Farnham Maltings' 'No Strings Attached' grant and created and toured our first professional production: Our Shore.
As a company we are passionate about new work. We value storytelling, and have a particular interest in taking ancient stories and giving them our own unique twist.
Felipe Pacheco - Producer
Felipe graduated in 2019 with a BA in Theatre and Performance at the GSA, University of Surrey. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has been jumping around and performing in the UK ever since he can remember. Physical theatre (if you want to call it that) is one of his great passions that began by devising and performing in two original shows for Liverpool's Physical Fest with Off the Ground, and being cast in New Adventures' Lord of the Flies (2014).
In 2017 Felipe was selected to take part in Frantic Assembly's training programme, Ignition, and after working with the company as a peer mentor and performer, is now a Frantic practitioner.
Felipe is also an actor and movement director - working on productions such as C H Productions' Kings of Idle Land performed at the Vaults Festival, London (2019).
Felipe also worked as a Rhino Keeper at Chester Zoo, and insisted on this being in his bio. But, most importantly, he is looking forward to what Buried Thunder may be able to add to the world. this makes the future of the company a potentially very exciting and fulfilling one.
Amy Tribe - Company Manager
Amy also graduated from GSA, University of Surrey in 2019, with a BA in Theatre and Performance. She fell in love with stories growing up in the midst of the Dorset countryside. The last three years have lead her to explore various ways of experiencing and telling them - especially through her work with Buried Thunder.
Physical theatre has been a more recent passion, one that has developed beyond her expectations. Although she had dabbled with it throughout her degree, it wasn't until Our Shore (2019) that she fully threw herself into physical theatre, as a creative and a performer.
Previously Amy has directed the company at the 2017 Inter-University Drama Festival, when they performed Bead Upon Golden Bead, an adaptation of the myth of Icarus. She has also produced various projects for University of Surrey's Theatre Society, including a Radio play. She has been involved in numerous devised productions and theatrical styles, from puppetry to naturalism.
Amy hopes to continue discovering and exploring storytelling in the coming years, inside and out of Buried Thunder.
Olivia Bourne - Outreach and Participation
Olivia is currently working towards her Theatre and Performance Studies BA at The GSA, University of Surrey, developing her skills as a practitioner and performer, as well as her interests in political theatre, feminist theory and site specific performance, amongst other things.
She recently created, directed and produced a verbatim performance titled Chew, performed at the 2018 Inter-University Drama Festival in Glasgow. Presenting credits include Strictly Come Surrey and Live From Studio 1 with student television station Stag TV. Recent acting credits include Elaine Robinson in The Graduate (Hostry Festival 2019) and Elf in the immersive Polar Express™ Train Ride on the mid-Norfolk Railway.
Born in Norwich, Olivia has always has always had a passion for dance and physical theatre, and loves the direction Buried Thunder is headed in. Olivia is hoping to continue performing and creating as much as possible, and plans to continue her own theatre making alongside finishing her degree.
Sara Benamri - Marketing
Sara has just finished second year on the BA Theatre and Performance programme at GSA, University of Surrey. This year she will be undertaking a placement at Camden People's Theatre, particularly developing her skills in marketing.
She has loved performing for as long as she can remember. Sara studied musical theatre at Redroofs School for the Performing Arts before going to university and has been involved in a variety of amateur productions. Alongside performing, Sara has a great interest in producing and directing. In November 2018 she and Olivia created a verbatim piece titled Chew which was taken to the Inter-University Drama Festival in Glasgow.
With a passion for making new work, she is proud of what the company has achieved and is excited for the future.
Alex Neville - Marketing
Alex is in his final year of GSA's BA Theatre and performance course. He is a keen performer, participating in the Inter-University Drama Festival twice whilst at university - in 2017 with a physical theatre adaptation of the myth of Icarus, and again in 2018, in Chew, a verbatim piece based on the effects of food on the planet and the body. The former was the piece that laid the foundations for Buried Thunder. Alex also performed the role of The Captain in the USSU Theatre Society performance of Widows, and featured in several productions with the University of Surrey Musical Theatre Society, performing in showcases and their main show Bring it On in 2018. Alex takes dance and voice classes regularly as a way of maintaining and improving his performance.
He is passionate about social issues such as representation and gender politics in theatre and shedding new light on political issues, something which Buried Thunder aim to do in their work.
Buried Thunder is a diverse group and it is a pleasure to share the stage, and rehearsal room with incredibly talented and ambitious young performers.
Amr Soliman - Creative Associate
Amr has finished his Masters in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey. His history of skateboarding and hip-hop dance made his transition into physical theatre smooth. His first ever performance was dying as an old man in the USSU Theatre Society's production of Fahrenheit 451 (2016). The year after he played Daedalus in Bead Upon Golden Bead at Inter-University Drama Festival in London (2017) and is now a part of Buried Thunder.
From the depth of madness that is Cairo, Egypt, Amr brings a lot of energy and a unique perspective when it comes to stories and storytelling. One of his favourite lines is that 'there's rarely a new story - but there's always a new way of telling a story.'
The past 5 years in England for Amr have been an enjoyable, educational and spiritual journey. He hopes to stay in the country and learn from its experienced engineering industry, and one day be a part of a team that establishes a green and sustainable infrastructure to be used as a model for the world.