Director, Producer, Educator, Performer and Musician.

Musical direction by Johan in rehearsal. 

"What Lies Beneath".
Directed by Johan Bark. 

An surrealistic theatre piece, exploring grief and hypothermia with humour and a live Scandinavian folk music score.


"Visually striking... Unlike anything I've seen at the Fringe."
★★★★ - Tamsin Bracher, Edfringe Review.​

“A beautiful piece of physical theatre which should be highly commended”
★★★★ - Adele Cooke, Edfringe Review.


'What Lies Beneath' was performed 34 times, at The Space in London,  in June 2017, The Dreams Before Dawn festival in Paris, France and The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, in July 2017, and at ZOO Venues for the full run of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in August 2017. 

"A man finds himself alone in the mountains. 
​He has come here to run away from everything and everyone he knows. Tormented by grief, that originated in the loss of a dear one, he is unable to process these unintelligible feelings and decides to seek the answers in the stillness of nature. 
Descending into a hallucinogenic state, caused by the hypothermia from the cold, memories of friends and family from the past visits the man in a series of non-linear and increasingly surreal flashbacks.."

In theatre company Romantika's latest production, directed by Johan Bark, the company takes the audience on a surreal and humorous journey, exploring men's reluctance to express their emotions, with specific focus on grief. 
Juxtaposing comedy with tragedy, and realism with surrealism, the production involves elements of visual and physical theatre, live Scandinavian folk music, and a set and lighting design inspired by the Northern Lapland landscapes. 

Devised and performed by:
​Molly Hemsley. 
Chris Mawson.
Benjamin Ecclestone.
Tom King.
​Michael Blundell-Lithco.

Directed by Johan Bark.
Lighting Design by Daniel James Spreadborough.
Theatre Design by Abigail Screen.
Musical Direction by Johan Bark.


Photos taken by Michael O'Reilly, Ellamae Cieslik and Anastasia Benham.