THE VAULT

A selection of past projects and current on going projects


 


BLOODY BAWDY VILLAINS

Bloody Bawdy Villains, is an international, multilingual theatre company with a key focus on physical theatre and clowning. This Berlin based company of idiots is dedicated to the quest of unlocking classical texts, with surprising, anarchic and hilarious consequences. In 2017 they launched with an audacious, madcap version of Hamlet? It premiered with a sold out run in June 2017 at Ackerstadt Palast and Tatwerk Berlin in November 2017 and ran for for another successful run in January 2018 at Ackerstadt and  most recently received raved reviews from its UK debut at the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Hamlet?

SOAP

SOAP is directed by Markus Pabst and Maximilian Rambaek. The show opened at the Chamaeleon Theatre in Berlin 2007 and has since has been on tour in over 25 cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Hungary, Mexico, Israel, Australia, New Zealand & Singapore and continues. The German version of SOAP is performing as WET- the show in the GOP Cabarets.

Nicole performed as the clown and comedy act with the cast of SOAP/WET from 2015-2018

★★★★★- The Adelaide Magazine

More info about SOAP

 

Previous selected credits: Toronto Festival of Clowns, Red Nose Cabaret, Toronto International Circus Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, First Thursdays at the AGO, Loontatic Spectacular Cabaret, Zirkus Mond Cabaret, Nirgendwo, Fish and Whips Cabaret . . .

 
 
 

WOMEN ON A MOUND

Women on a Mound and Women on a Mound Goes Comedy is a theatrical experiment, a choose-your-own-adventure-inspired experience.

 A new improvised format of character roulette. The characters are made by the audience. The actor asks the questions the audience answers. In the style of a game show we dissect the stereotypes of women on stage and create live with the audience new characters.

Part game show. Part Monologue. Entirely improvised.

Created by Nicole Ratjen in collaboration with Summer Banks. With support from the English Theater Berlin’s LAB series. Previously presented at English Theatre Berlin in 2015 with a facilitated talkback from Theater Scouts Berlin, official selection of  the Performing Arts Festival Berlin in 2016 and previously presented in Madrid as part of MAD Improv Micro Festival.

Performed by Nicole Ratjen, Summer Banks, Minna Partanen, Catherine Duquette and Jackie Koester.


THEATRE FRAGILE

Theatre Fragile is a Berlin based mask theatre company dedicated to researching new theatrical forms. Under the direction of Luzie Ackers and Marianne Cornil the company's productions intertwine dramatic and fine arts with documentary theatre through a combination of mask performance, walk-through art installations, documentary research and fictional narrative. Nicole joined the company in 2016.

More info Theatre Fragile

 
 
 

Hamlet? 

Hamlet? is a surreal and hilarious romp through the mad Dane’s mind. Three idiots, their spirits with divine ambition puffed, battle for the love of the audience. Who will play Hamlet? Who is the most important character in the play? What a piece of work is a man?! And, will it ever start? An explosive revelation of aspects of Hamlet you never knew existed.

★★★★ -BROADWAY BABY

★★★★★- BRIGHTON AND HOVE NEWS

Cast: 
Ela Cosen, Nicole Ratjen & Damien Warren-Smith
Director: Lily Sykes
Designer: Friederike Meisel

More info Villains.berlin

 
 
 
 

PRINCESS PENELOPE PAMPLEMOUSSE

Princess Penelope Pamplemousse is an original clown character that Nicole developed in 2011 and continues to perform her at various Cabarets and Festivals across Canada and Berlin.

I am looking for Prince Charming, if you find him or see him- would you please let him know that he is running late- Thank you. x
— Princess Penelope Pamplemouse

GLB

“Delightfully quirky…”
rbb24

“Exciting, a definite recommendation.”
Impro-News.de

GLB is:
Nicole Ratjen Josh Telson Noah Telson

Berlin’s longest running English-language longform improv team. GLB is one of the first teams to bring North American-style longform improv to the German Hauptstadt, and has been performing continuously since then – from claustrophobic basement bars to the English Theatre Berlin here in Berlin, and the massive Del Close Marathon in New York City and SlapDash in London. 

More info at COMEDY CAFE BERLIN

 


ITS THAT TIME OF THE MONTH

Its That Time of the Month is a monthly improvised live talk show hosted by Berlin’s funniest women. Join us for a daytime evening of hilarity where we improvise about topics close to our hearts and dish out life advice on all things necessary.

Comedians and cast: Andrea Björk Andresdottir, Antonia Bär, Caroline Clifford, Matilde Keizer, Marisa Llamas, Janina Rook, Nicole Ratjen

info and upcoming shows

 
 

Part clown show, part perceptive look at how we interact with one another... this is equally absurdist and touching
— - Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine Toronto

LUKAS A Musical

LUKAS: A Musical premiered at Factory Berlin in November 2015 for a sold out short run.

Lukas explores the many facets of a making a decision, simple and complex, familiar and distant. This slice­-of-­life musical brings the music and story to the forefront. Forget the glitter and glitz, this musical is all about heart and tackling circumstance. This modern­ day love story might just have the answer. But the Skype call just dropped so we might not find out...

Written by Ben Southam, Nicole Ratjen and Thomas Hanley

Starring Ben Southam, JeJu Caron, Alexander Zull, Blake Worrell and Sarah Milligan

 
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LOONATIC SPECTACULAR

LOONATIC SPECTACULAR was a 200 seat BYOV tent at the International Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2012 and 2013. Eight different shows over ten days with a nightly modern vaudevillian Cabaret hosted by the Man on the Moon

Produced by Daniel Nimmo, Kristian Reimer, Amy J. Lester and Nicole Ratjen

POLAR OPPOSITES

Polar Opposites is a quirky fast paced physical adventure of two Polar Bears trapped on a single melting iceberg. 2 parts comedy. 1 part tragedy. 1/2 table tennis. 1/4 mask theatre. Entirely Absurd

Written by Nicole Ratjen, Polar Opposites premiered with a sold out workshop run at Toronto’s Top Indie Theater Festival The Next Stage Theatre Festival in January 2014. In 2015 had its European debut as part of Berlin's 100° Festival at the Hau and was an official selection for The Expat Expo at Berlin's International Performing Arts Center, English Theatre Berlin in June.

Berlin 2015 Team
Starring Nicole Ratjen and Amelie Miloy

Toronto 2014 Premiere Team
Performed by Nicole Ratjen and Stephanie Jung
Co-Directed by Rachel Blair and Nicole Ratjen
Original Music and Composition by Bryan Osuszek
Co-producer/ Stage Management by Andrew Gaboury
Masks by Eric Double and Nicole Ratjen
Photography: Lauren Vandenbrook at LV imagery
Graphic Design: Clarence Lacy
Videography: Tyler Evan Webb

 

Direction by Nicole Ratjen

Musical Direction by Laura Peterson

Costume and Set Design by Ian Weddell


TEMPLE OF KHAOS

CAFF 2012 Canadian Fringe Tour

And speaking of charm, the performers, led by Daniel Nimmo and including Nicole Ratjen, Amy J. Lester, and Kristian Reimer, skilled clowns all, have a copious quantity. The whole thing has an air of spontaneous lunacy about it that’s contagious. . .”
— - Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal
If it sounds absurd, it is. Entirely. But somewhere in the silliness, there’s quite a lot of intelligent clowning going on. . . If you like Monty Python, this will be right up your alley.
— ★★★★ - Amy Smart- Times Colonist Victoria