Hotch Potch are a family performance company who specialise in Outdoor Arts and Street Theatre. Originally formed in 2012 by a group of students from the BA Street Arts degree at the University of Winchester. The company is now run by husband and wife; Laura and Ross Wheeler who met on the degree.
The Story of Hotch Potch
Hotch Potch began with the walkabout act Ka-Dunk-A-Junk. The company brought this metal clanging group of outsiders to the likes of London 2012 Olympics, Winchester's Hat Fair, Glastonbury Festival and across the seas to La Rue est a Amiens in France.
Later Laura and Ross relocated to Ross's home of Cornwall, where they were married and developed their practice creating a variety of ongoing walkabouts, human statues, fire performance and creative workshops. Then in 2014 they toured their first funded show which combined their interests of stilt walking, story telling and the theme of miniature to tour Café Petite.
Shortly after they started their family with their first child. Then in 2016 created the one man storytelling show The Tiny Tour.
Towards the end of 2017 the family then relocated to Laura's home of Northern Ireland, where their second child was born. In 2018 they created Detritus of the Deep. Which was commissioned by Pitch'd Circus Arts Festival in Cork Ireland.
Environmental awareness began to take the central theme for Ross and Laura's work and they then went on to create The Washed Up Mermaid in 2020. We are glad to say both acts have now been touring festivals and events back on for 2021 a year later!
As passionate Street Performers, Ross and Laura continue to make work exploring environmental issues, unforgettable intimate performances and immersive experiences that are widely accessible.
Check out our ongoing audio tour at World Heritage Site Heartlands Cornwall