About us


Empty Deck produces theatre, performance, installations and community arts events.

Led by Artistic Director Kay Michael, Empty Deck brings together international artists, researchers and activists to make interdisciplinary work that reflects, connects and provokes the local and the global.

We are driven to tell challenging and illuminating stories that interrogate the world we live in today and that re-imagine our collective future.


Empty Deck is a space of possibility.

If you are interested in working with Empty Deck please drop us a line at info@emptydeck.co

In 2015 we were nominated a Peter Brook Award for Emerging Company for our ‘stunningly performed and deftly directed’ Then Silence

In 2016 we were a New Diorama Graduate Company

In 2016 we were nominated a Fringe Sustainable Practice Award for our production of Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia for its high quality artistic integrity and engagement with the issues of sustainability.

In 2017 we were awarded seed funding for a new project in development from the House and TippingPoint Commission ‘Doing Nothing is Not An Option’.

In 2018 Empty Deck relocated temporarily to Devon and from there developed work with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Coombe Farm Studios.

Across 2018 and 2019 Kay Michael of Empty Deck was awarded an MGCfutures Bursary to continue the development of Sequel.

In 2019 Empty Deck is a Creative Associate of Plymouth University’s Sustainable Earth Institute, producing the sound installation Waves