“Congratulations on a VERY ambitious production.” - John Barfoot (Les Miserables)
Oddsocks was formed in 1989 by husband and wife Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie who met at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. By combining their classical acting skills with clowning techniques gained whilst working with The National Street Theatre and writing skills honed by working with The Marcher Lords Historical Promotions Unit, the unique "Bard’s Best Bits" were developed and commissioned by English Heritage for performances across their various national sites. By 1993, demand for the Oddsocks style of theatre was so great that Andy and Elli embarked upon their first full scale summer tour "The Taming Of The Shrew" with the support of Robert Hardy CBE . This was so successful that a second production toured the following summer, followed by a winter tour. Since then, Oddsocks has toured twice a year to England, Wales, the Channel Islands and often to the Middle East.
The Oddsocks Cart
Audiences across the UK who have seen Oddsocks' productions over the last 21 years will fondly remember the unique Oddsocks Cart on which the company performed each summer. Often described as "A swiss army knife of a set" or "The seventh member of the company", the cart, built by Andy Barrow in 1993 was a key part of the charm of the Oddsocks style with it's ever-changing position and magic transformations throughout the performances. In 2014 it was time to move on as audiences became bigger and the company grew in profile. A new stage fit for a larger scale of performances was invested in and has become an equally key feature of what makes Oddsocks unique and here to stay. However, it was not the end of the road for the Oddsocks Cart. It has been lovingly transformed into a cosy, comfortable and Shakespeare themed living van or "shepherd's hut" and it is now available for glamping holiday hire.
For more information and to book a peaceful break away in a piece of Oddsocks history, please click on the following link The Oddsocks Cart - Glamping experience