What is UB

Unfinished Business is a long term collaboration between artist/director Leo Kay and artist/producer Anna Smith. We are a London based performance company who make live art and theatre across the UK and internationally, with a evolving team of collaborators.

Together we make interactive and intimate performances, carefully excavating autobiographical material and working with artists and non-artists to explore new collective spaces for dialogue, ritual and the creation of shared meaning. We want to question all sorts of hierarchies, explore alternative political structures, celebrate temporary communities and listen; making space for the unheard to be heard (and loudly).

"Body, mind and spirit all well and truly nourished following one of the most generous cultural events I’ve ever experienced." Only Wolves and Lions

[ Porl Cooper ]

Who is UB _ Company


Leo Kay

Artistic Director

Leo Kay is co-founder of Unfinished Business, a freelance artist, director, facilitator, mentor and sometime performer. His work exists somewhere between live art, theatre and performance research, drawing on his history as a physical performer and embracing intimate audience address, interaction, site specific investigation and autobiography. It explores authenticity, self-organisation and ways to challenge our socio-political and economic system.

Leo is now moving into an intensive period of performance research, based at a.pass in Brussels, where he will be interrogating his autobiographical practice in relation to ideas surrounding the dismantling of patriarchal hierarchies and the pervasive echoes of colonial rule and developing performance processes that engage dialogue, ritual and deeper listening.

Previous freelance projects...
Leo has worked in as a professional performer with a range of companies including Clod ensemble, The National Theatre, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lost Dog Dance, Ron Bunzl (Amsterdam) and Gisella Rocha Cia (Zurich). He has acted as director and movement director for several projects and companies/organisations including: The Birmingham Rep (Decypher collective), Don Letts Presents Speakers Corner (CMN), Roundhouse, Contact Theatre, Quarantine and Polarbear. He has taught workshops and run outreach projects in a variety of national and international context including: Taipei International Festival, the Kattaikkuttu Sangam Company of Kanchipuram (India), Au Brana Performance Research Institute (France), Vim Vanderkeybus and Ultima Vez (Brussels), Teatro Casto Alvez, Espaco Xi, Teatro Villa Velha (Salvador, Brazil), Contacting the World Festival Contact Theatre (Manchester).

Anna Smith


Anna is an independent producer and collaborative artist. Since co-founding Unfinished Business with Leo in 2010, she has developed a creative approach to producing live art, experimental theatre and socially engaged projects, working closely with artists to support the development and presentation of challenging new performance work.

As well as co-running UB, Anna is currently producing the work of performance maker Rachael Young and excorsizing her inner aggression in THERESAMAYSMACKDOWN as a founding member of the wrestling noise band FEMME FERAL. She is also studying for a masters in Applied Anthropology and Community Arts at Goldsmiths College. 

Anna is interested in art that offers spaces for active engagement, deep reflection and visceral catharsis and intends to keep finding ways to nurture work that embraces dissonance and fights for change. 

Who is UB _ Collaborators

unfinished business Unai Lopez Di Armentia
Unai Lopez de Armentia
Performer and Deviser
unfinished business mestre carlao
Mestre Carl√£o
Musician and Capoeira Master
unfinished business pedro lima
Pedro Lima de Oliveira
unfinished business patrizia paolini
Patrizia Paolini
Performer and Deviser
unfinished business diane morgan
Diane Morgan
Lead Consultant
Yako 440
Collaborating Artist
Baba Israel
Collaborating Artist
unfinished business sam campbell
Sam Campbell
Artist, Designer and DJ
Remi Stewart
Nao Nagai

UB _ Links

Back to top