Caged Bird Theatre is an award-winning theatre company founded by Jasper Frost and Patrick Swain while at University of Exeter.
The two first collaborated on Swain’s play ‘Michael’, which received outstanding reviews.
Jasper is a theatre director and writer.
Before training in Theatre Directing at Mountview, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and Drama from the University of Exeter.
NEON (Caged Bird Theatre, National Tour), Collective Rage (Mountview), Product (Caged Bird Theatre, Mountview), For Love ( OSO Arts Centre), hnnnngggdaddy: a sketch show about fatherhood (Adoorable Productions/Thornlea Studios),Ross and Rachel (The Street Gallery at IAIS) and Birdland (Roborough Studios).
Patrick graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama from the University of Exeter in 2019.
NEON (Caged Bird Theatre, National Tour), Angelus (London Theatre Workshop), Hamlet (Director, Stratford Playhouse), Descent (Work in Progress), Michael (Exeter) and Lord of the Flies (Exeter Northcott).
Jonathan Taylor is a Producer at Jonathan Taylor Productions and Programming Assistant at Bill Kenwright Ltd.
Jonathan is a proud alumni of Stage One.
The Wind of Heaven (Finborough Theatre, London) with Weighed In Productions, Cinderella (The Vaults, London) as Assistant Producer with Seabright Productions, An Act of God (The Vaults, London) as Assistant Producer with Seabright Productions, The Respectable Prostitute (The Playground Theatre, London), Unannounced Adaptation (National Tour, 2021), The Remarkables (Greenside @ Nicholson Square, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019) with Shotgun Theatre, NEON (National Tour) with Caged Bird Theatre, The Claim (Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019) with James Quaife Productions, Exeter Fringe Festival (Exeter Phoenix & Exeter Barnfield, 2019).
NEON discusses the subject of death and what lies beyond.
In a world of unsettling headlines, how can one man tackle the prospect of being alone?
The grand and absurd story of NEON is told with a timely urgency, and a grounded importance that touches upon the value of faith and our need to carry on through the darkest of moments.
Jude, a therapist, meets her girlfriend's reclusive flatmate. He just spends his time inside drinking Capri Suns. He also claims to be God. But when one of Jude’s patients comes to her having had visions of a strange man in his flat, she finds herself caught up in the birth of John’s new religion. What lies beyond death? What lay before life? Witty yet morbid, NEON is a bold new play that explores loneliness, death and transcendence, and the potential to find faith in the unlikeliest of spaces.
NEON has been a project over a year in the making, inspired by the lyrics to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’: ‘And the people bowed and prayed / To the neon gods they made’.