About Us

The Bare Project is a theatre and interactive arts company, happily based in Sheffield. We have been making work together since 2012. Our form changes: sometimes it’s a script and a stage, other times an installation or a conversation. Right now we’re thinking about planting trees. We’re worried, but trying to keep it light.


We create surreal and strange work that is rooted in a desire to both understand and change the world around us. We believe that by entering other worlds we are better able to make sense of, and challenge the world we normally live in- and that we urgently need to challenge and change the world right now.


Often our work is co-created with communities, outside traditional theatre spaces, and we have performed in workhouses, empty shops, in Victorian factories and along canals. Often our work is informed by ideas and research from philosophy, psychology and politics, and two of our core team members are also social scientists. How we approach each new piece – where it might take place, its form, and potential collaborators – is always informed by the themes and questions posed by the project.


The Bare Project works with a broad range of artists and communities, and with each project our numbers swell. We prioritise collaborations with artists based in the North- particularly South Yorkshire. The core team, who define and create almost all our work, are: director Malaika Cunningham, writer Joseph Houlders, and sound designer Lee Affen. Find out more about them and our Associate Artists at the bottom of this page.

Bare Team

Malaika Cunningham

Artistic Director

Joseph Houlders


Lee Affen

Sound Designer / Composer

Associate Artists

Will Monks

Rose Gray

Sarah Lewis-Cole

Sally Proctor

Linda Bloomfield

Bethany Wells

Joe Bunce