...one of the most consistently thought-provoking choreographers working in Britain today. The Observer

About the company


Green Apples

New production
A commanding ten-minute duet performed in the round.

Choreographed by Mark Bruce to the music of the White Stripes, Green Apples is a commanding duet performed in the round. Separated from the performers by a rope, the audience is drawn into a visceral and immediate experience as the dancers circle themselves and each other in a space of physical intensity and magnetic energy.

Green Apples is available as an educational workshop for schools and colleges. Originally commissioned by the Summer Collection for ROH2 at the Clore Studio of the Royal Opera House, it can be presented in a wide-range of spaces and locations.

Please contact the company for further information.

R&D 2020

We are delighted to be back creating work in the studio this autumn. Mark is working with individual dancers and duos developing ideas for his new pieces. He's also spent time creating, writing and recording original music, forming new collaborations with talented musicians.

We are delighed to be back in the studio!

Return to Heaven

A journey beyond dreams and reality...

Dance theatre at its most potent and ambitious, Return to Heaven crosses lands, cultures and time to create a mythology and symbolism of its own. Hounded by scientists and supernatural forces, and trying desperately not to lose one another, two explorers journey perilously through lands of unleashed demons and gods to play their role in the resurrection of an ancient deity.

With influences of William Burroughs, old horror films and Victorian chillers, Mark Bruce Company presents visions of cursed tombs, jungles, science fiction nightmares and islands of paradise. Set to music ranging from Penderecki to Lanegan, Return to Heaven is visceral and poignant, intricately choreographed and laced with dark humour.

Return to Heaven trailer

Written, choreographed and directed by Mark Bruce
Music for trailer: Science Fiction Sleep from the album: Girl in a Graveyard by Mark Bruce

Dancers: Eleanor Duval, Dane Hurst, Carina Howard, Sharol Mackenzie, Jordi Calpe Serrats, Christopher Thomas

Camera and Editing: Mark Bruce
Sound recording: John Kilroy
The album Girl in a Graveyard is available as a digital release
Footage captured at BlackBirdRedRose Studios

Camera: Canon EOS R
Lenses: Canon 24-70mm, Canon 70-200mm
Edited in FCPX
Graded in FilmConvert

© all copyright Mark Bruce Company

Listen to Mark talk about Return to Heaven

Mark's full-length production Return to Heaven toured in 2020.



a short film choreographed by Mark Bruce to music by Martin Simpson.

Dancers: Eleanor Duval, Jonathan Goddard, Carina Howard, Sharol Mackenzie. Photography: Mark Bruce

Photography © Mark Bruce Company

A short film choreographed by Mark Bruce to music by Martin Simpson.

On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre

Mark's book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre" is available from Bloomsbury Books.

On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre is an invaluable insight into Bruce's approach, both artistic and practical, as he documents his process from the beginnings of ideas to the realisation of a full-length production. Bruce provides an explanation of the range of skills he believes are required, and all that needs to be considered in the creation of dance theatre.

Cover image by Nicole Guarino

ISBN: 9781783197774


Mark's book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre" is available from Bloomsbury Books.

Girl in a Graveyard

Mark has released several videos choreographed to songs from his newly released album.

Mark is releasing several videos choreographed to songs from his newly released album.

The videos are raw footage captured in rehearsal at BlackBirdRedRose Studios.

The album Girl in a Graveyard is now available as a digital release.

Kickstart vacancy

Assistant Arts Administrator - Kickstart Scheme

We are delighted to be recruiting for the position of Assistant Arts Administrator to help with the day to day running of the Mark Bruce Company office and studio.
This is a part-time 6-month Kickstart placement for 25 hours per week (normally within office hours Monday to Friday) with an expected start date of May 4th 2021. The role may be extended at the end of the 6-month period. The postholder will be line managed by the company administrator and will be based in the office at our Frome studio, however there is scope for some duties to be carried out remotely online. A laptop will be provided and full training will be given.
The Kickstart placement will be paid at National Minimum Wage which will vary according to your age.

Who is eligible for the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme is specifically designed for those aged between 16 and 24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit and may be at risk of long-term unemployment. It’s being run by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) so your local Jobcentre will be able to run you through the specific criteria, and help you find out whether or not you’re eligible. Please get in contact with your DWP / Universal Credit work coach and inform them that you want to be put forward for this opportunity.

About us

BlackBird RedRose Productions trading as Mark Bruce Company is an award-winning touring contemporary dance company. We operate from our own studio in Frome, Somerset where new productions are created and rehearsed before they go on tour around the UK and further afield. The company run a progressive education programme and host classes and events in the studio.

Key duties

• Recording appointments in the online company calendar
• Assisting the booking of travel and accommodation for visiting dancers and production staff
• Planning and scheduling pre-approved social media posts to market company activity
• Researching props, costume and other purchases required for forthcoming shows
• Helping with online book-keeping entries to record company finance
• Attending company meetings and rehearsals as required
• Helping organise Summer School – the company’s annual training week for vocational dance students
• Co-ordinating/preparing the dance studio for rehearsals, classes and hires where possible
• General project support for the team as required in the production schedule

Person specific

This is a highly varied administrative job in a small professional arts organisation. No previous experience or training is required for this entry level role; however, we would expect candidates to demonstrate

• Enthusiasm and commitment to the placement opportunity
• An interest in the arts in general
• A good level of written English and basic numeracy to GCSE pass level
• IT ability at a basic level and an interest in developing digital skills
• Organisational skills and attention to detail

The successful candidate will meet people from a wide range of positions both within and outside the company and will need to be friendly and warm with a positive can-do attitude.

Long-term goals

The successful applicant will receive training in entry level arts administration duties, working closely alongside the company administrator. We will be able to advise on extended opportunities within the arts sector although administrative skills are transferrable to jobs in a wide-range of industries. During the placement you will develop skills in the following areas: managing your time; working effectively with team members; being able to assess your own work; expressing your ideas both verbally and written; developing confidence; using digital communication; identifying your strengths and creating your personal work plan. There will be regular mentoring sessions with the executive producer and other members of the company during the placement as well as training sessions provided by our bridge organisation, Real Ideas.

How to apply

There are three parts to the application
• An online application form.
• A video introduction. This should be around two minutes long, telling us a little about yourself, your hobbies and your interests. You could mention qualifications you have and any employment, volunteering or work experience you may have done.
Send a link to the video to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can submit your video using a transfer site such as Wetransfer or a link to your Google Drive (please ensure you include details of any passwords or access codes) or you can send us the link to a private/unlisted uploaded video on YouTube or Vimeo.
• An Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

Key dates

Application deadline Friday 26th March 2021
Interviews via Zoom to be held during April 2021
Start date Tuesday 4th May 2021

Mark Bruce Company is a Disability Confident Committed employer and will work with candidates to ensure their access needs are met during the recruitment process and any subsequent employment. Please let us know about any specific requirements or any questions you may have about how we can make this role accessible for you.

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We are recruiting for an Assistant Arts Administrator Kickstart placement

Join our board


BlackBirdRedRose Productions are looking for new Trustees to join our board.

Our board are actively involved in the company's strategic development whilst also bringing their personal skills and experience to the ongoing guidance of the organisation. We welcome applications from individuals with a passion for culture from all areas of our diverse community.

Download the Trustees Information pack (PDF)

For details of how to apply or to book an informal chat about the role, please contact Megan Farrow, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BlackBirdRedRose Productions are looking for new Trustees to join our board.

Silver Swans ballet classes

Weekly Silver Swans ballet class in Frome
Tailored for the over 55’s

*** Classes are being delivered live online via Zoom on Tuesday mornings 9:00am - 9:55am. ***

Our weekly Silver Swans ballet class runs on Tuesday mornings live from BlackBirdRedRose Studios. The class is delivered by qualified dance teacher Sue McGovern (ARAD), who safely adapts ballet techniques for older adults. Sue delivers a high quality ballet class and is trained by the Royal Academy of Dance to respond to the different needs of participants of a broad age range.  No previous experience needed. For further details please call 01373 462168.

The online Zoom class is £5.00 on a pay as you go basis. After the class you will be sent a recording of the teaching which will be available on YouTube for a week until the next class.
Please ensure that you have a suitable space in which to do the class. You will find it useful to have something available to use as a barre, the back of a sturdy chair, a kitchen counter or landing bannister may be suitable.
If you've not used Zoom before there are some guidelines available on our booking website and we are happy to offer telephone support for new users.
You can find out more and book your place on our sister website www.blackbirdredrose.com.

Photograph © Mark Bruce Company

Silver Swans Application Form (PDF)

Weekly Silver Swans ballet classes running online on Tuesday mornings.

BlackBird RedRose Studios

Mark Bruce Company is based in our own studios in Frome, Somerset.

The company is based in a fantastic large and versatile space in our home town of Frome, Somerset. Here we create and rehearse our theatrical and digital work, make and store set and costumes, expand our education programme and run the company. Our light and airy studio has a large sprung Harlequin floor and supporting facilities including offices and green room.

If you would like to visit or hire our space please get in touch.

National Dance Awards

We are incredibly proud that Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard have both received National Dance Awards nominations for their roles in Macbeth.

Eleanor has been nominated in the Outstanding Female Modern Performance category for her role as Lady Macbeth and Jonathan has been nominated in the Outstanding Male Modern Performance for his role as Macbeth.

The National Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle in each year of this Millennium to celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together over 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK.

Macbeth photography: Nicole Guarino
Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard receive National Dance Awards nominations.
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