Voloz Collective is an award-winning and OFFIE Off-WestEnd Award 2023 nominated international physical theatre company that reinvents and recharges physical comedy by exploiting the capacities of the human body and blurring the lines between the theatrical and cinematic.  Hailing from three different countries, our team of four was brought together by two years of study at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. With a uniquely non-hierarchical approach to theatre-making, all members serve as actors, directors, and writers, and have a shared responsibility for all creative decisions.

Olivia Zerphy

Co-Artistic Director / Performer

Olivia is a Paris and New York based director and actor. A recipient of the Molly Thatcher Kazan Award for Excellence in Theatre for her direction of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal at the Martel Theatre in New York, her work has also been seen at the Moscow Art Theatre School (Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov), The Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference (The Journey, Nancy Riggs) and at La Factorie in Normandy (La Poussière, original work).

Paul Lofferon

Co-Artistic Director / Performer

Paul is a Paris and London-based director and actor. He began his career in the arts at 18, studying acrobatics at the Circus Arts School of Piste d'Azur in Cannes. Upon returning to Paris, he decided to pursue theatre and studied acting for two years at l'Ecole Internationale de theatre Jacques Lecoq. During this time, he joined the company Theatre de la Feuille, directed by Ata Wong Chun Tat. In September of 2018, the company toured its show Madman in several cities throughout China, including appearing in the Beijing International Fringe Festival. Most recently, he joined a research group led by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne around the show The Man Who at Les Bouffes du Nord. He is also currently involved in Dream by Irina Brook, an adaptation Shakespeare's Midsummer Night Dream.

Emily Wheatman

Co-Artistic Director / Performer

Emily is a UK based actor and theatre-maker, specialising in comedy and physical theatre. A graduate of L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Emily’s previous work includes working with Manic Chord Theatre and performing in their 5* show Don’t Let Go, performing in La Poussière at La Factorie in Normandy and writing and performing with the Leeds Tealights in their award-winning Edinburgh sketch-comedy show in 2015. Her comedy work has been described as ‘Energetic and clever humour’ (EdFringe Review) and she received a special mention in the 2020 Mandy Comedy Competition: 'clever humour’.

Sam Rayner

Co-Artistic Director / Performer

Sam is a theatre-maker and movement director. His movement direction credits for comedy include Jack Whitehall: At Large (UK & EIRE Arena Tour/Hammersmith Apollo/Netflix);

Jordan Brookes: BLEED and SHEEPS: Live and Loud (Pleasance Theatre/Soho Theatre). The List described his work with Jordan Brookes as ‘a fearless display of physicality that shape-shifts from ludicrous tomfoolery to raw menace’. In theatre, Sam co-founded Unleash the Llama - a company that creates genre-fusing comedies - and the New Renaissance Collective - a company that aims to make early opera and theatre more accessible by staging highly-physical adaptations. As an assistant/associate director, Sam’s work includes Broken Wings (Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End/International Tour); The Adventures of Pinocchio (Ambassadors Theatre, West End) and Tick, Tick… Boom (Park Theatre).

Joe is a London based lighting designer who works across theatre, opera and dance. After graduating RADA with a first class honours, he launched into a career in lighting design and associating. His recent work includes: Dirty Corset (Bang Average Theatre); Us (Pathway Theatre); The Man Who Though He Knew Too Much (Voloz Collective); Dick Whittington! (The big Tiny Theatre); La Princess de Trebizonde (New Sussex Opera); The Friday Freedom Fighters (Pathway Theatre); Selected Recordings of Us (Undone Theatre); Toothache (The Space); Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web (Paul Taylor Mills summer season); Spring Awakening, Pomona, Sunlight Is The Best Disinfectant, Phase One and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RADA). As associate, his credits include Dick Whittington: A New Dick In Town! (Above The Stag); Foxes (Theatre 503) and Catching Comets (Ransack Theatre).

Joe Underwood

Lighting Designer

Frederick is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, primarily a keyboard player, from London. He has performed on stages including the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall, and Wiener Musikverein, as well as live on BBC Radio 3.
He read Experimental Psychology at University College, Oxford, where he was an Academic Exhibitioner and Proxime Accessit to the Susan Mary Rouse Memorial Prize for university-wide academic performance. He then attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was awarded a Merit in his MMus.
In 2017 founded Ante Terminum, a theatre company specialising in site-responsive and immersive cross-arts performance, of which he is Producer and Musical Director.
He is also Musical Director of the New Renaissance Collective, for whom he arranges music and carries out musical dramaturgy. Other musical director roles include Assistant Musical Director for a Dido and Aeneas at Queille Festival in France.
Frederick composes for theatre, film, and installation, most recently for V&A community research fellow Anouska Samms short film It’s not perverse, it’s mothers. One theatrical highlight was Timetravellers at Teatr Lesi, Lviv, a new play by award-winning Ukrainian writer Anastasiia Kosodii about the conflict in Donbas, which continues to be part of repertoire at the theatre.

Frederick Waxman



Lucy Butler


Lucy is an actor from Macclesfield, Cheshire. Lucy met Voloz Collective while collaborating at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and previously trained at Guildford School of Acting. Previous theatre credits include Sweet Charity, The Drowsy Chaperone, NewsRevue for Canal Café Theatre, London, and Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts at the Victoria Theatre, Singapore. Lucy is delighted to be covering for Voloz's debut UK tour.


3rd - 29th August 2022


Pleasance Dome, Potterow, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL




Chaplin meets Hitchcock meets Spaghetti Western in this fast-paced whodunnit. An intercontinental, inter-genre, cinematic caper of accusations, accidents and accents.Our story follows Roger Clement - a Frenchman in 1960's New York. His days have always followed a highly predictable, yet not-unpleasant, routine - until a minor delay saves him from an explosion - igniting a powder-keg of twists and turns as Roger chases his would-be assassins around the world to discover the truth. Raucously funny and endlessly inventive, this Lecoq-trained theatre company delights and stuns with live music and virtuosic acrobatics.

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