About Us


Second Body was started in 2018 by Max Barton and Jethro Cooke, and was born out of a mutual interest in combining live music, theatre and storytelling. 

Max is a director, playwright and musician based in London. He trained on the Theatre Directing MfA at Birkbeck. Jethro is a composer, sound designer and theatre maker based in Berlin. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Max and Jethro previously collaborated several times as part of the company PIGDOG (2015-17), including new works BOAT (2016), BLAME (2016-17) and the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s epic play Karagula (DEM/Soho Theatre), which was nominated for 8 Off-West End awards, including best director and best production, winning 2.

Photo by Ilme Vysniauskaite