Shôn Dale-Jones | Writer, Performer & Hoipolloi's Artistic Director. For almost twenty-five 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 Town and 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, Royal Court, National Theatre Wales and the BBC.
Shôn has won various awards, including two Scotsman Fringe First Awards; Three Weeks Editor’s Award; Time Out Critics Choice; Total Theatre Award; BBC Audio Award for Best Scripted Comedy; Mi.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.
Hoipolloi Hoipolloi was established in 1993 by Shôn Dale-Jones and Stefanie Mueller. Since then we have gone through a number of incarnations. We are now focusing on making work that weaves the personal with the political, aiming to inspire social action in audiences, partnering with charities to present shows, offering a new model for theatre and social justice.
Our mission is to tell funny, poignant, imaginative and thought-provoking stories that encourage us to empathise more with people living different lives from our own. We are living in very challenging times. There are divisions appearing all over society. Now, more than ever, we need to find the common ground - we need to empathise more. Today, theatre has a very real and exciting opportunity to support social change.
Our renewed mission includes working alongside charities - making our shows function as fundraisers. We want to talk about ‘the value of art’ and the power of story. It’s about engaging with today’s world at a time when the world needs our urgent attention. It’s about wanting to find a way of immediately and directly engaging with what’s happening in our rapidly changing world.
Hoipolloi want to make work that is immediately relevant, so the company needs to be flexible enough to respond to current events and agile enough to make work in various medium. Our 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 and connect with audiences emotionally, whilst playfully challenging their sense of reality. We have made over twenty live theatre and comedy shows as well as making work on radio, on screen and online.
We 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 two 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.