SWANK create a gentle and hilarious cartoonesque world and invite the public in to play, or just observe from a distance. 

Founded by actress and comedian Cathy Peace in 1997, SWANK specialises in imaginative and interactive character comedy street entertainment, often with a nod to Cathy’s roots in the north of England and her love/obsession with 1950s kitsch

All SWANK actresses are expert in character and improvisation and it is company policy to harness and nurture both new and established  funny female talent

SWANK apply the  same quality standards to production values,  where Cathy leads on the design and making of all costume and props and collaborates with other expert makers to fulfil her very vivid visions

SWANK have toured all over Britain and the world, from the smallest village fete to the largest performing arts festival. Their solid working practices and strong fan base have gained widespread recognition and built an impressive international CV of theatre/comedy festivals, commissions and British Council work.

Cathy is a brilliant compere and host for any event.

Performance Styles

  • Walkabouts
  • Puppetry
  • Christmas

I just wanted to get in touch to say a huge thank you for organising for the Bard Women to join us for the Shakespeare Week celebrations this weekend. They were absolutely wonderful! We loved their routine - they were so much fun and have come up with a super way of making Shakespeare more accessible. We were delighted that they could join us for the day and really enjoyed watching them interact with so many families.

— Sarah Fisher – The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust