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The Manifesto

KOBAL has no artistic merit whatsoever, nor do we want it, as art is about personal taste and shouldn't be categorised and analysed.

We believe theatre shouldn't be placed on an elitist pedestal but rather chucked around so that everyone can have a go, and as such KOBAL produce work that you can just sit back and enjoy - popcorn theatre if you will.

Our aim (such as it is) is to produce the type of original theatre that we would like to see ourselves. We enjoy complete artistic freedom, although this is largely because no-one has tried to stop us or ask exactly what it is we're doing.

KOBAL Theatre Company is made up of a core of writers and an affiliation of actors, technicians, musicians, and other hangers-on. It is an independent company based in Oldham, Lancashire.

What is KOBAL?

KOBAL is, according to Leonard R.N. Ashley in The Complete Book of Devils and Demons, the “Entertainment Director of Hell, patron of comedians”. He is also the mascot for KOBAL Theatre Company and can be found in an array of guises on promotional material for our productions. Very fetching he looks too.


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