wilson+wilson was founded in 1997 by Louise Ann Wilson and Wils Wilson to create innovative site-specific theatre, installation and art in unexpected locations both indoors and out.
Over 10 years, their creative partnership and their productions - HOUSE, Mapping the Edge, News From the Seventh Floor and Mulgrave - established a national reputation for the company, and attracted an ever-growing following who would often travel long distances to see the company's work. For artistic purposes audience numbers were always limited, making each production an intimate and often highly personal experience.
wilson+wilson's work was created in collaboration with other artists from a wide range of different disciplines and in collaboration with the people who lived, worked and loved the places which inspired each production- foresters, hoteliers, tea-dancers, 2nd World War veterans, knife-makers, shop assistants, boxers, academics, children, bus drivers, historians, property developers and many more. At every stage, their work transcended conventional boundaries (between artistic disciplines, between performers and audience, between individual artists and members of the public, between memory and imagination…), and produced an intense connection between audiences, artists, participants, site and performance.
In 2006 Louise and Wils took some time to re-connect to and develop their individual artistic voices and practice as well as to explore different ways of working. After 10 wonderful years they realised their interests were taking them taking them in different directions and the Arts Council England, Yorkshire are continuing to fund wilson+wilson to March 2008 in the knowledge that Louise & Wils are working on their separate individual projects.
This website remains as a record of the company and documents its work.
'the excellent experimental duo wilson+wilson'
Kate Bassett, Independent on Sunday on 'News From the Seventh Floor'
'An important part of the new face of British theatre.'
Susannah Clapp, The Observer
‘...An adventure as much as a piece of theatre.’
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on 'Mapping The Edge'