About The Company

Kaleidoscope Theatre was founded by John and Carolyne Revell, as the first company of its kind, in 1980. It is unusual in that seven members (five of whom happen to have Downs Syndrome) live as a family-style community all year round whilst the rest of the cast come at weekends to rehearse. Shows are created entirely in-house and performed by its twenty players, of all ages and from varied walks of life, with little money but with a passion for their story. Costumes and props are recycled and reinvented.

Kaleidoscope has performed high quality theatre in many wonderful places over the years, including the RSC’s Swan Theatre, The Crucible in Sheffield, the Birmingham Rep, Jersey Opera House, international festivals at home and abroad and, on twelve occasions, at the Edinburgh Fringe. It has played to full houses and excellent reviews.

Kaleidoscope Theatre returns to the Fringe, after 12 years away, to premiere its new and original play. Dreaming Amidst Thorns is an allegorical faerie tale reflecting on the fragile and fragmented world of today. The show strives to keep alive the questioning spirit and utopian quest for a better world and to stay sympathetic to the ethos of both its venue and the festival fringe


David Bradley, Wendy Craig, Susan Hill, Glenys Kinnock, Antony Sher, Richard Stilgoe & Alan Titchmarsh