How we've helped Screaming Me Mes
Performance artistes, with a range of beautiful costumes and detailed make-up.
I had fantastic conversations with people who genuinely wanted to help our business, and to know that this exists is just brilliant for business.
How we helped
Bude-based performance group the Screaming Me Mes are not your average troupe of circus performers. With a focus on stilt walking, the company are in the business of creating characters from tress to skeletons, mirror ball men to sharks.
Screaming Me Mes partner, Mark Tate, said this is their unique selling point.
“There are many groups doing similar things, but we’re not ones to dress up in stripey trousers. We’re all about amazing costumes and make up,” he said.
The past two years have been difficult from a work perspective for Mark, with the business being based in London prior to the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and bookings grinding to a halt.
“We were based in London and had an offer to come to Cornwall, keeping a room in London with our costumes and all our gear. Then the pandemic hit, and all our work just dried up. We were watching this happening before our eyes, a full summer’s work just completely disappearing,” Mark said.
As we shift our way toward a degree of normality, and with events and festivals back on the agenda, things are starting to pick up once again for Mark.
“Things are starting to pick up, yes, but the issue we now find is the agents that we were working with for the past 20 years, many of them haven’t come back to work. Now we’re trying to navigate this new landscape, working out how best to promote what we do, and this is where we needed additional skills,” he said.
Enter, stage left, the Skills Hub.
Working with the team to increase their online footprint, Mark has been blown away by just how many people are out there across Cornwall willing to listen and support local business.
“I wish I’d done this six-months ago, that being my only regret, as we’re in our peak period now and I’m finding it difficult to put the skills we’re learning into practice while also maintaining our busy workload.
“I had fantastic conversations with people who genuinely wanted to help our business, and to know that this exists is just brilliant for business,” Mark said.