Roger Hartley

Roger is a celebrated public space maverick who creates inspired madness on the streets of the UK and beyond. An experienced creator, performer, producer & maker he’s worked across theatre, film, music, stage, television and Outdoor Arts. After taking performance out of traditional settings, Inventing Lost Vaugenes in Glastonbury and being Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s first artist in residence a passion for creating meaningful engagements on the streets was born. In 2002 he founded the Bureau of Silly Ideas. As Artistic Director he has devised street theatre experiences from remote-controlled wheelie bins through to large-scale conceptual artworks called ‘SuperFictions’.

As a champion of people’s right to access affordable spaces to live, work and experience culture he actively campaigns to address unfair balances in power and to hold local authorities, corporate giants and national governments to account.

Often a guest lecturer and masterclass leader Roger has also been a Leverhulme Scholar, Ted Talk presenter and currently sits on the Fenland Cultural Strategy Steering Group & Guardians of the Arches. Previous Directorships include Big Oriental Squid Inc and Bio Organism Substrate Industries.

Based in the heart of Brixton (BOSI) are creators of inspired madness and controlled chaos in the public realm. We believe that by engaging people in a conversation that extends beyond the absurd we can impact genuine social change. BOSI injects art, entertainment, humour and surprise in everyday places – creating engaging installations, devised theatre shows and surprising interventions that bring magic and silliness to the mundane. We work with a range of partners stretching across heritage, the arts, public realm and community organisations to explore the sensible use of silly.


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