the team

Christine Jouneau has a passion for telling stories and creating characters.
She lives and breathes within the world of object making and brings these to life
in stories on stage.
Rue des Oiseaux, La Grande Ourse, Potin des Bois, Cache-cache à l’eau, Pierre dans la Lune).

 She has a lifetime of working with children and also with adults: performing, directing, teaching and co-creating  (Perpette, Le Début de la Faim, Histoire Naturelle, L’Enfant Loup,
La Réparation,

Her training is Lecoq based, she has also trained with Bernard Gauthier and Jacqueline Bessière. Christine worked with Le Théâtre des Nuits for 5 years (acting, directing, teaching workshops and administrating the company). She founded the association Sarabande
and has been running this for more than 10 years, storytelling, creating object based on theatre and running workshops.

Check out what Christine is currently working with on her Blogs:

Corinne Faucon is a performer whose roots stem from physicality, dance movement, circus and clown. Bodywork and performing Theatre Clown are both vital ingredients to her life. Corinne started dancing from a young age and studied various genres with a range
of teachers: Contemporary dance, (Mark Tomkins, Jean Gaudin, Dominique Dupuis,
Francesca Lattuada), Japenese Buto (Carlotta Ikeda), African dance (Kofi Koko).

She studied Circus and trapeze with Les Arts Sauts (3 years) and Clown (BataClown,
Voyageur Debout, Michel Dallair, Ludor Citrik

Corinne has performed with La Cie Equilibre, Les Arts en Mouvements, Cie l’Impact,
Cie Desiderata.  She devises and regularly performs theatre Clown.
She brings improvised performances to hospitals and old age homes. 
Corinne teaches movement, massage, dance and yoga.

Didier Peigle (also known as Docteur Mo) is Simsalabim Productions Technical Director, he performs and co-creates theatre. Didier has stage managed theatre companies, performance arts events and spaces for performance including  (Summer Festival, Élysée Montmartre, New Morning, Cie Anapiesma, Théâtre des Nuits, Asso Le Manif, Cie Navigator) and stage managed music tours including (Yuba, Laplace, Jimmy Cliff, Diana King, Reggae Night Tour)


He trained as an actor within the pedagogic tradition of Jacques Lecoq with Jean- Claude Puyjalinet. Theatrical credits include Opéra Panique d’Alexandre Jodorowsky;
Les Epouvantables, created by Théâtre des Nuits; Boogie Ecstasy, Teatime in Paris.

   Film : 21 Nuits avec Pattie by Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu; Le Sale Groupe, web series,

   Musician and composer member of the Sacem (Festival Francofolies, Olympia,
Festival de la Marne).

   Radio interviews / features / (Radio Escapades, Radio Saint Affrique, Radio Larzac,
Radio Panik and others).


Freya Stang (Francesfreya Stang-Sturt) is an actor, directs, writes and teaches.

She has a passion for creating stories, characters and bringing these to life.
Freya is Simsalabim Production’s Artistic Director.

Freya works across genres, has a firm base in movement theatre, devises original theatre and also works with classical and modern text.  When performing she sometimes uses masks, clown or puppets -

Freya is a highly experienced teacher and has extensive experience of leading arts and educational events, outreach and teams.

Freya has studied the theatre pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, Italian Mask Theatre and Voice

at Helikos International School of Theatre Creation in Florence (3 years). Physical Theatre and Mime, Etienne Decroux method with Desmond Jones School (2 years), further trainings with RADA, The Actor Centre, Shakespeares Globe, and Norsk Skuespiller Senter, Norway. Freya is a specialised trained Hospital Clown and currently works all over Norway with the Norwegian Hospital Clowns. She holds a (Post Graduate) Certificate in Education from Nottingham University and a range of other qualifications in the teaching of Movement,

in Bodywork and Psychology.


Among her many credits, includes:

   Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well (The King), Macbeth (Macbeth), King Lear (Reagan), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford), Henry V (Hostess), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Helena), Ibsen’s: John Gabriel Borkan (Mrs Borkman), Brand (The Priest) Chekov: The Cherry Orchard (Gunilla).

   Clown: Sunset in Morden, Carrefour Culturel, Tea time in Paris, Boogie Ecstasy,

Fly me to the Moon, Margareth’s Birthday, The Birds and the Bees – La Vierge et la poésie, Les bisous francais.

   Mask / Object theatre: Pierre dans la Lune, Marias Journey, Macbeth, Napoleon.

   Film: Oxford Circus as Madame Butterfly (Best fiction Teheran film festival)

Voice-over: SKY TV (Fortitude: series 2)

   Other: Les Crapules: Tranches de Rue, A Day in Court (in female UK prisons)

On and Off Line, The Tin Soldier, The Frog Princess: Bimbilibausa, Eve and Adam:

Restless Legs Theatre, Frankenstein, Being Headless: the Bromptons. Freya is a member

of the British Actors Union: Equity.


Bergen-born Hege Høisæter was a soloist with the Norwegian Opera
where her many major roles included Carmen, Ottavia in Poppea (Monteverdi),
Jocaste in Oedipus Rex (Stravinsky), Cornelia in Julius Cesar (Händel), and Kabanicha
in Katya Kabanova (Janacek). She has led casts in many world premiers by Norwegian composers including Rolf Wallin and Gisle Kverndokk.

She has many times featured in Norwegian radio and television broadcasts.

Hege is returning to the Norwegian Opera for a much anticipated premier
in September 2017.

Her CD of Norwegian contemporary music on LAWO Classics, is scheduled
for release this autumn.

Andrea Secchi in Simsalabim Productions is pianist for ‘Hello’, an adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine, music by Francis Poulenc.

He started to study music at the age of five. In 1994 he got his diploma with the grade of 10 out of ten at the Conservatory of Florence under the guidance of Giorgio Sacchetti, then he won the scholarship for the best graduates of the Conservatories of Florence and Pesaro.  He has since won over 20 National and International competitions, obtaining also special awards for the best interpretation of music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg; he received excellent consents at the “Venice award”.

He has performed in a multitude of concerts and on television in countries all around the world.

He plays chamber music and has often been pianist for the Master-Classes organized by the Amici della Musica in Florence. He is pianist for Contempoartensemble, which brings contemporary music to the most important Italian theaters.  Here he has the chance to continuously collaborate with great conductors, such as  Z. Mehta, R. Muti, L. Maazel, C. Abbado.

From 2013, after a period in Teatro Regio in Torino and Vienna State Opera, he went to The Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo, where he is a pianist and repetiteur.

Jose Maria Lopez is a theatre director, actor and teacher.  He trained  at various educational establishments in Argentina and France, working with masters such as Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau, Ariane Mnouchkine, Phillipe Gaulier and Mas Soegang.

In Bali he trained with maskmaker and master Ida Bagus Oka.

He has directed and taught workshops in various European countries  and in America.

Jose is the founder of ‘Kumis Teatro’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina and founder of Teater Prospero, Norway.

Norwegian soprano Marianne Folkestad Jahren sings in the french version of  'Allo? La Voix Humaine' with Simsalabim Productions.

Marianne studied singing at the Barratt Due Institute of Music and the National Opera Academy in Oslo.  During her studies at the Opera Academy, she sang the role of Atlanta from Handel's Xerxes and Arminda from Mozart's La Finta Giardinera.  In 2007 she sang the role of Michal in Handel's Saul, Vadstena opera festival, Sweden; sang in a summer concert for the Norwegian National Opera, and was then engaged in the Deutche Oper am Rhein in the 'Junges Ensemble' singing a variety of roles in operas by Janacek, Wagner and Mozart.  She returned for the 08/09 season where she sung in Operas by Gustav Charpentier, Strauss, Humperdinck and Monteverdi. In 2008 Marianne sang in a concert with the  Norwegian legendary violinist Arve Tellefsen  and pianist Håvard Gimse, she received the Arve Tellefsen award. In 2010 she appeared at the prestigious opera festival in Aix en Provence as Choryphee in the opera 'Alceste', by Gluck.

At the Kristiansund Opera, Norway she sung a main role in 'Jeppe på Bjerget', by Geir Tveitt.

Marianne has worked with conductors such as Hans Wallat, John Helmer Fiore, Ira Levin and Alexander Joel. She also has extensive experience with church music singing cantadas, masses and oratories. In 2017 Marianne sang the role of Echo in the opera Ariande auf Naxos (Strauss) for the Artic Opera and Philharmonic in Bodø, Norway.



Jelena Golubovic is educated as a pianist and music pedagogist from the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), and also holds a master`s degree in music therapy from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.   Jelena has a wealth of experience as a performer and piano teacher, and kindles a burning passion for theatre.


Jelena is the pianist for Simsalabim Productions french version of ‘Allo? – La Voix Humaine’, where she also plays the role of ‘Martha’.


As a theatre musician Jelena has collaborated with Grenland Friteater and Teater Prospero. collaboration with Teater Prospero being the most significant, with Cabaret Bukowski , Christmas shows, and the Musical Theatre ’Ferskvannsmatrosene’ created specifically for elderly performers - are but some of the many productions. Jelena is currently working as
a music therapist for elderly people with dementia where she combines her musical skills, knowledge and experience from the theatre into the clinical setting.

Jonathan Young is a scriptwriter, maker, director and teacher with a background in theatre and movement.  He has directed and acted as dramaturg for Simsalabim Productions’ Sunset in Morden.

After studying at Edinburgh University, he went on to train for two years with Jacques Lecoq at his international school of theatre in Paris, before studying contemporary clowning with Sue Morrison and Philippe Gaulier. He set up the theatre company, Shams, making new work, and was its artistic director. He produced, co-created and performed and/or directed 8 productions for the company. The Garden and Reykjavik were both finalists for Total Theatre Awards in 2006 and 2010.

Jonathan Young has worked freelance as a director, performer and writer /dramaturg on many productions, including as dramaturg on Inspector Sands Total Theatre Award winning Hysteria and as co-writer/director on aod’s Bacchic and Helen.

He has regularly taught acting, movement, clowning and devising /writing skills in drama schools and universities.  He is also a qualified Feldenkrais practitioner and works with both performers and the general public.



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