To celebrate Third Angel’s 21st anniversary, Action Hero have renamed part of their house after the company who have given them so much support over the past decade. Action Hero’s office is now known as The Third Angel Annexe and in October 2016 there was an opening ceremony to mark the occasion.
Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse live in Bristol, UK, and create interdisciplinary performance together under the name Action Hero. For the past decade, they have worked almost exclusively with each other, and have toured together to more than twenty countries across 5 continents to critical and popular acclaim.
Their ongoing interests lie in the iconography of popular culture and its use; both as a weapon and as a shared cultural memory, and although their work manifests many different forms, the live experience is at the heart of everything they do.
Gemma & James have been shortlisted for several awards and won an Austin (Texas) Critic’s Table Award in 2013, and in 2016 were shortlisted for the Anti International Prize for Live Art for their contribution to the field.
To mark Third Angel’s 21st year, we have commissioned new performance films from some of the brilliant artists we have worked with as mentors and collaborators over the last few years. Following screenings at the Where From Here symposium at Leeds Beckett University and The Showroom cinema in Sheffield, we are releasing the films here for free.