Jeff Nuttall

Nuttall founded the People Show in the 1966. Although known as an experimental theatre company, it was close in form and ideology to the sentiments of Performance Art. Nuttall had trained as an artist and was influenced by political movements of the 60s and artists such as Antonin Artaud, John Cage, Hermann Nitsch and the Viennese Action Group, cut-up, and desired the immediacy that was indicative of Happenings and body-based practice. Nuttall’s approach was multidisciplinary, and included music and poetry – for which he is most known. He was also an influential teacher in the 70s and 80s in the Fine Art departments of Leeds, then Liverpool Polytechnics.

Jeff Nuttall


ANSARGE, Peter (1975) Disrobing the Spectacle: Five Years of Experimental & Fringe Theatre in Britain, London: Pitman Publishing

HENRI, Adrian (1974) Environment and Happenings, London: Thames & Hudson
Study Room Ref: P2769

NUTTALL, Jeff (1979) Performance Art Memoirs: Volume 1, London: John Calder Publishers Ltd.
Study Room Ref: P2756

NUTTALL, Jeff (1979) Performance Art Memoirs: Volume 2, London: John Calder Publishers Ltd.


The Life and Work of Jeff Nuttall

The People Show