Shôn Dale-Jones | Writer, Performer & Hoipolloi's Artistic Director
Shôn Dale-Jones is Hoipolloi’s Artistic Director. Over the last twenty years he has worked as a writer, director, performer and producer, making over twenty new live theatre and comedy shows, online digital work, radio and film. He is best known as an award-winning writer/performer with his comic creation, Hugh Hughes and his hit shows Floating, Story of A Rabbit, 360, Stories from an Invisible Townand Things I forgot I Remembered. His work has toured all over the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia and has been supported by the Cambridge Film Festival, Barbican, National Theatre Studios, National Theatre Wales and the BBC. Shôn has won various awards, including multiple Scotsman Fringe First Awards; Three Weeks Editor’s Award; Time Out Critics Choice; Total Theatre Award; BBC Audio Award for Best Scripted Comedy; M-i.e. Award - Best Live Theatre Event, Melbourne, Australia Alongside making live shows, he is currently developing work for both BBC Radio Four and working with Jon Plowman at BBC TV Comedy.
Hoipolloi have been mixing fantasy and reality, making people laugh, cry and imagine since 1993. Established by Shôn Dale-Jones and Stefanie Mueller, Hoipolloi's work reaches out beyond the stage in a very real way, and engages audiences directly through a mixture of live performance and online digital content. It’s about telling joyful stories, which entertain audiences, whilst playfully challenging their sense of reality. Hoipolloi is a flexible and agile independent creative company, changing shape and size according to the scale and needs of each project. They have made over twenty live theatre and comedy shows as well as making work on radio, on screen and online, and are best known for Shôn's award-winning comic creation, Hugh Hughes and his hit shows. The company has worked with various partners, including the National Theatre Wales; National Theatre Studios; Barbican; Carriageworks, Sydney; Cambridge Film Festival; Arts Council England, The British Council and the BBC. They have connected with audiences all over the world including the UK, Australia, Singapore, Colombia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Belgium, Holland, Finland, Russia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. They have won various awards, including multiple Fringe Firsts, M-i.e. Award for the Best Live Theatre Event in Melbourne, a Total Theatre Award and a BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Scripted Comedy.