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Starving Artists, the acclaimed internationally touring company founded by American actor Mark Pinkosh and British writer Godfrey Hamilton, acclaimed as “one of today’s most exciting theatrical partnerships” (London Evening Standard) 

 

 

American Mark Pinkosh (performer) and British Godfrey Hamilton (writer) are Starving Artists Theatre Company. 

 

Starving Artists was founded by Mark in 1983, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Godfrey became a partner in 1988 and began developing an Anglo-American work model for the Company. 

 

In 1990 Starving Artists began reciprocal touring in the UK, commissioning UK theatre artists along with their American counterparts and forming the Starving Artists model of Anglo-American collaboration, co-commissioning and co-production. 

 

International work includes The Mirror and the Mask, commissioned from Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden, who has been a frequent collaborator with Starving Artists, Death and Dancing, commissioned from British writer and performer Claire Dowie, Bite the Moon, produced by Starving Artists and both written and performed by Seattle-based actress Maria Glanz, and a number of plays by the US writer Burgess Clark. Starving Artists has, in turn, received numerous commissions in the UK including from BBC Radio 4, Central London Arts, the Bush Theatre and Paisley Arts Centre.

 

Initially, Starving Artists was the only company in the State of Hawaii presenting “alternative” performance. In 1992, Mark & Godfrey were formally honoured by the City & County of Honolulu for their work challenging racism and homophobia. In 1993, Mark and Godfrey relocated to California to facilitate touring work and began creating plays and stories centred on California’s citizens and landscape, seen through British and European eyes.

 

Gaining an ever-stronger reputation on both sides of the Atlantic’ (Evening Standard), Mark’s performance in Road Movie won the inaugural Stage Award at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival, where the play itself won a Fringe First. Mark’s 1996 appearance in the play at Manchester Library Theatre won the MEN Award for best actor.

 

Always returning to themes of love and loss, commitment and loneliness, the plays nonetheless are flavored with humour, sometimes defiantly so as the characters break from the shadows of their lives in their bids for emotional freedom. While the 2000 production Don’t Forget Me was concerned with the deceits and sometimes hilarious duplicities of life in the Hollywood film industry, in 2005 A Dangerous Age looked unflinchingly at the reality of modern warfare in the post-9/11 era, seen through the eyes of two men in love. 

 

Starving Artists’ other work includes Earthquake Weather, directed by John Tiffany, Viper’s Opium (Fringe First winner) directed by Lorenzo Mele, Sleeping with You (Independent Theatre Award nominee) directed by David Prescott, Kissing Marianne, Take Me with You (both commissioned by Central London Arts/Drill Hall Arts Centre) and Eat Me (commissioned by QUN, directed by Jonathan Best at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 2009 and nominated for the Manchester Evening News award for Best Studio Production). For BBC Radio 4, Godfrey has written Pacific Dreams, directed by Cathryn Horn and for Theatre Centre he created Jake & Cake (2010, directed by Natalie Wilson) while Mark’s film & TV work includes Magnum PI, Hawaii 5-0, House of Lies and Man on the Moon. 

 

Take Me with You  (2007) has been filmed by UK director Charles Sharman-Cox, again featuring Mark, and has gone on to win a number of awards at international film festivals. In 2010 British director Richard Carroll filmed Godfrey’s The Ghosts of Los Angeles, starring Denis O’Hare, Mark Pinkosh and legendary Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn.

 

The play Road Movie has now been seen around the world from Toronto to Dublin to Miami and foreign-language productions have been presented in Paris, Rome, Munich and Geneva. It has recently toured Australia. At the Library Theatre, Manchester, in 2010, Jonathan Best directed Mark in a new production 15 years after the play first debuted.

 

Godfrey’s most recent playscript was Days of Light, which Jonathan directed at the Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester, and which featured Kate Layden and Mark in a drama exploring commitment and loss, set in the Hawaiian Islands and was performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, after premiering at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre. In 2010, the company’s 1995 hit Road Movie was given a brand new production and a national tour that included Sheffield Crucible Studio, Manchester Library Theatre and The Drum, Plymouth.

 

A re-staging of their hit show, Take Me With You was recently seen in nine cities across Britain and featured actors Pinkosh and Ross Bautsch in a production directed by Jonathan Best and designed by Tony Award nominee Douglas Kurt.

 

 

Mark & Godfrey are also rather proud to say that they have been professional and life partners for 28+ years.

Road Movie

by Godfrey Hamilton

Alternately hilarious and moving story of a man's journey across America in search of love.

 

Winner Fringe First Award Edinburgh Festival- Winner Best Actor, The Stage Award-

Winner Manchester Evening News Award

Viper's Opium 

by Godfrey Hamilton

Premiered at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 

 

 Drill Hall, London 

 and tour to the US.

 

Directed by Lorenzo Mele

Lighting by Douglas Kuhrt

Winner Fringe First Award Edinburgh Festival-

Under the Los Angeles moon, coyotes leave the canyons to come and prowl the streets. Copperheads slither among the rainy neons in a cityscape out of Blade Runner via Chandler and Burroughs. Meanwhile, Miss Cricket and Curtis - two innocents at large - roam the darkness in search of grace, harmony and the human touch.

Take Me With You

by Godfrey Hamilton

Premiered at The Drill Hall Arts Centre, London. 

National tour, UK.

 

Three lost souls in Los Angeles, desperate to connect but uncertain how to make the moment last. 

 

Days of Light

by Godfrey Hamilton

Premiered at Manchester Royal Exchange Studio

 

Kate Layden and Mark Pinkosh in a fierce two hander pitting a mother's love against the spirit of the Volcano Goddess in the harsh landscape of Hawaii.

Kissing Marianne

by Godfrey Hamilton

 

Directed by 

David Prescott

Designed by 

Douglas Kuhrt

In the sleepy California town of Santa Cruz, things are a lot more gay then they seem. Two boys, a dog and the redwood forest. 

A love story.

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