“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the
fight in the dog.”

— MARK TWAIN
ABOUT US

Fight in the Dog was established with the intention of bridging the gap between the worlds of theatre and comedy. The company’s chief aim is to create work that’s at once as funny as the best comedy and as thought-provoking as the best theatre — innovative, provocative, experimental and surprising.

Fight in the Dog was formed after a supposedly small and relaxed charity production of Twelfth Night got out of hand and sold out a 600-seater theatre and raised almost £9k for the charity Refugee Action.

MEET THE TEAM
INVEST
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MEET THE TEAM

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LIAM WILLIAMS

Liam Williams is a writer, comedian and actor known primarily for his stand-up shows and work with sketch group Sheeps.

His self-titled debut show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award in 2013, and a year later his follow-up show Capitalism earned a nomination for the main award and critical acclaim including a five-star review from The Guardian who described the show as “an extraordinary cri-de-couer”. That same year The Independent suggested Williams might be “the comic voice of a generation”.

His writing credits include: Comedy Blaps (Channel 4), From Fact to Fiction: Purple Saturday (Radio 4), Ladhood (Radio 4), The Now Show (Radio 4), People Time (BBC Three), Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe (BBC Two), 2016: Year Friends (Vimeo – Staff Pick).

He suggested several alternative names for Fight in the Dog, all of them poorly received. Choice examples include: ‘Mr Sands’, ‘Got Company’ and ‘Present Tense’.

ISOBEL DAVID

Isobel is mainly a producer, but has also directed and written plays.

Early cameo appearances in the theatre world included selling ice creams at the Old Vic – a job ruthlessly cut short after being fired for wearing inappropriately short trousers. In 2010, she founded the theatre company Strip Theatre, which went on to have critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe and even some of the fringe theatres of London. The company was described as “impressive” by Time Out, back in the days you had to pay for the publication.

She went on to cement her role as a producer at The Print Room Theatre, and was then awarded a place on the Stage One New Producers Scheme, working at West End production companies Playful Productions and Runaway Entertainment on big shows like Guys and Dolls and Blithe Spirit. She came up with 99 suggestions for the name of the company, 1 of which was shortlisted, none of which were chosen.

BRÍD KIRBY

Bríd Kirby is a producer specialising in comedy and festivals across the UK and Australia. Originally from Dublin, she moved to the London 5 years ago and started working at The Invisible Dot. There she met Liam and they began working together in 2013. In 2015 she worked for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as a Venue Manager – upon her return working for Independent Talent and, subsequently, Chambers Management. Most recently Bríd has been working as a producer for Century Entertainment in Sydney, producing international acts across Australian Comedy Festivals.

MATT BULMER

Matt has worked in theatre for more than a decade, primarily across the South as an actor, director, writer, teacher and producer. Matt as worked on well over a hundred productions, large and small.

Matt was the Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre, a growing company based in Hampshire that took productions both to large-scale touring venues like the Nuffield Theatre and to smaller, more bespoke settings, such as Spinney Hollow. The company’s manifesto was to provide a free and accessible platform for young professional theatre-makers to create and present work of the highest quality.

Matt has held a number of senior positions within the Arts in several educational institutions and is currently the Director of Performing Arts at Brentwood School. Matt adapted Melvin Burgess’s Carnegie Medal winning novel Junk for stage. The play premiered in Edinburgh in 2013 and transferred to London shortly after.

In 2016 Matt directed Twelfth Night for Fight in the Dog in London and at Latitude Festival, and began work with a number of comedians and actors on a new version of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Matt has also undergone consultation work on a number of new writing projects. He still has no idea who or what ‘Mr Sands’ is.

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