Who We Are
Brunskill and Grimes is a collaboration between Andy Brunskill and Jimmy Grimes working across theatre, parades, events, film, tv and veterinary research. We make work with animals as the starting point for narrative. Our work is devised and always has at least one puppet at the centre of our stories. We like strong visuals, epic music and work which everyone can enjoy.
We cemented our relationship working as Associate Director and Puppet Director of WAR HORSE in the West End and since then we have created work for venues including The Young Vic, the Orange Tree and the egg at Theatre Royal Bath and created parades for companies including Longleat Safari Park and Meadowhall Shopping Centre. We like to develop work of all sorts of scale and ambition and when we’re not making a show we’re researching and developing a number of projects and ideas.
When we’re working together Andy directs and writes and Jimmy designs and directs the puppetry. We make our shows through a long, collaborative approach with designers, composers, academics, actors, puppeteers and a whole range of artists through our unique process. We always push our own creative preconceptions with every project. We also like working with new people and frequently train actors and puppeteers through our process.
Andy has written, devised and directed new plays, old plays, dance, puppetry, installation, site specific and youth theatre for companies including National Theatre, Young Vic, Orange Tree Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange, Jersey Arts Trust, Southwark Playhouse. He frequently consults on new projects and ideas and develops other people's work and ideas along with his own work for Brunskill and Grimes. He was a trainee director at the Orange Tree Theatre, a Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic, Staff Director at the National Theatre and Associate Director of War Horse in London.
Find out more about Andy at www.andybrunskill.com
Jimmy designs, makes and directs puppets. He spent a number of years working as an actor and designer, before turning to directing, but it was his early fascination with animation that kick started his journey towards becoming a puppetry specialist. He studied directing at Lamda and was a trainee director at the Orange Tree Theatre. In 2012 he was the recipient of the inaugural 'Les Enfants Terribles' Award before spending 3 years working on The National Theatre's production of War Horse, where he was Associate Puppetry Director. He can be mostly found drawing or drilling in the workshop.