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 is a Brazilian-English actor and a movement practitioner/artist based in London. His higher performance education started in the USA, where he studied dance and theatre at Columbia College Chicago (2015). On his return to the UK, he completed a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance at the University of Surrey (2019).
First training with their Ignition programme, Felipe is now a practitioner for Frantic Assembly, inspiring and engaging with performing arts students up and down the country. As part of his community practice, he also teaches young refugees and asylum seekers for Attic Theatre, a role he holds dearly and seeks to amplify. Finally, Felipe has worked as a movement director on productions such as Kings of Idle Land (Vaults Festival 2019), and most recently, was part of New Adventures’ Overture cohort 2020/21, as well as playing the lead role in The Maltings’ Peter Pan (2020).
For Buried Thunder Felipe co-directed Bead Upon Golden Bead and played The Knocker in Our Shore. Clarity of storytelling and power of movement is where he hedges his bets, and as the company’s producer, he wishes to grow and diversify its creative output and engagement.
Amy Tribe - Company Manager
Amy also graduated from GSA, University of Surrey in 2019, with a BA in Theatre and Performance and will soon begin studying an Ma in Creative Producing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a theatre maker and independent producer from rural Dorset. Buried Thunder has given her the opportunity to grow professionally while exploring storytelling and physical theatre.
Mythology and environmental theatre are especially close to her heart, and she shares these passions with the many from the company. During her time with Buried Thunder, Amy has directed, performed, produced and most recently she acted as producer and creative lead for Essence (2021). She is also in the process of writing Buried Thunder's Our Shore (2019) as a book. Her role as Company Manager means she is responsible for co-ordinating the company and handling various logistics.
Outside of Buried Thunder, Amy produced a radio play (White Lillies, 2018), a devised puppetry show (To Move, 2019) and is currently developing Queen of the Animal Kingdom, a children's play about environmentalism, for theatre company Patch Plays.
Olivia Bourne - Outreach and Participation
Olivia is currently developing her skills as a practitioner and performer in her final year of study at the GSA, Surrey. She loves all sides of theatre with particular interest in contemporary dance, experimental performance and scenography, as well as a new found passion for film and digital performance works.
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 is excited to see the arts take off again soon.
As our Outreach and Participation lead, she has learnt a lot from working with with Echo Youth Theatre and Glass House Dance and looks forward to developing our community strand further.
Sara Benamri - Marketing
After graduating from GSA, Sara hopes to pursue a career in performing and producing. Alongside this, Sara has a great interest in teaching and directing. She is passionate about how much more the arts can offer to individuals in terms of peoples wellbeing, confidence and social cohesion and strives to inspire this outlook within her career.
Before going to University, she studied Musical theatre at Redroofs School for the Performing Arts and has been involved in a variety of amateur productions. In her third year of University, she undertook a professional placement at Camden People’s Theatre where she was in charge of marketing for the theatre's busy festival driven programme. She was also fortunate enough to develop further skills in community outreach and producing, giving her valuable experience in how an established off-west end theatre operates in a variety of different areas.
Being half Moroccan and half British, Sara enjoys bringing a different cultural perspective to the rehearsal room. With a passion for making new work, she is proud of what the company has achieved and is excited for what the future entails.
Alex Neville - Marketing
Alex is a graduate of the GSA’s Theatre and Performance course and currently attends the University of Manchester, studying Arts Management, Policy and Practice. Alex’s main field of interest is strategic marketing and audience enrichment, with socio-cultural engagement, diversity and inclusion at the forefront of his interests and beliefs.
Alex has co-developed and led marketing strategies for Our Shore (2019), Growth (2020) and Essence (2021), and hopes to continue to ensure Buried Thunders work reaches maximum potential, as well as continuing to provide a well loved experience. Outside of Buried Thunder, Alex is passionate about Musical Theatre, Coffee, health and well-being.
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.