21 – 25 March 2017 / 30 – 31 March 2017

Following critical success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bristol theatre company Groundswell are bringing their new production to the Alma Tavern Theatre.

Billed as a “divine comedy”, Colin’s Head by Phil Booth charts the progress of Helen, as she escapes the drudgery of office life for an adventure in self-discovery.

A strong cast is led by stage and screen actress Philippa Howard, recently seen playing opposite Helen McCrory in Flying Blind. Acclaimed for his performance in Groundswell’s previous production, Three For Two, Winston J. Pyke here returns as Dennis, the enigmatic maintenance man. Completing the cast, Alan Wales is also making his second Groundswell appearance.

Writer-director Booth said, “Helen faces a dilemma familiar to us all at one time or another. We see that things need to change if we’re to live life to the full, but are we prepared to pay the price?”

Hilarious, poignant, and constantly surprising, Colin’s Head runs at the Alma Tavern from 21 – 25 March 2017. At the Rondo Theatre on 30th and 31st March 2017.

Praise for Groundswell’s previous production, Three For Two:

“a real gem of pure theatre and beautiful acting” – Broadway Baby *****

“engaging, enticing, meticulously observed” – Remote Goat *****

“a gorgeous piece of theatre” – Liverpool Sound and Vision [four and a half stars]


All photography by Karol Miksza

Artist credit: Luke Sleven

Producer: Marie Pyke




Philippa Howard sang and danced her way around the globe before training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Comedy of Errors and Much Ado about Nothing (GB Theatre Co). Citizen George, Mayday (Brass Works), Twelfth Night (Rondo Theatre), Very Hard Times (Publick Transport), Elves & the Shoemakers (Pins & Needles). Screen credits include Flying Blind, Eris, Casualty, Wycliffe and Rabbit’s Foot.


Winston J. Pyke trained at Hereford College of Arts. He has toured widely both in the UK and internationally as an actor, break dancer and aerialist. Theatre includes Three For Two (Groundswell Theatre), East, Abigail’s Party and Lark Rise to Candleford. TV includes Misfits and Doctor Who.


Alan Wales has toured the UK extensively. Theatre includes Three For Two (Groundswell Theatre), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Madcap Productions), Claudius in Hamlet (Folksy Theatre) and Truffaldino in Servant to Two Masters (New Century Theatre). Film includes Freak of Nurture and the award-winning two tone short Beverley. TV includes Evil Up Close, Doctors and Mayo.


Phil Booth is a veteran writer, performer and director who’s made numerous stage and cabaret appearances in Britain, Europe and North America. He was a member of internationally renowned theatre troupe Bloolips and has recently written and directed for Publick Transport Theatre. This is his third production with Groundswell Theatre.