||Kneehigh was started in 1980 by Mike Shepherd. Early productions were performed in village halls, marquees, cliff-tops and quarries. Their productions are often based around mythological tales such as the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale The Red Shoes, The Bacchae and the Cornish legend Tristan and Yseult. Their artistic director Emma Rice won Best Director 2002, Barclays Theatre Awards.
Their productions often have a nightmarish, surrealist, mythical feel and are often performed outside in locations such as Restormel Castle, the Minack Theatre and the Eden Project. Kneehigh are currently trying to raise money to build The Asylum, a tent that can be configured in 5 ways and pitched in 1 day on any surface. They use a variety of theatrical elements including puppetry, live music (often played with folk instruments such as ukeleles and dulcimers) and an emphasis on visual imagery.