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Four artists supported by In Good Company fund

Published: 8 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Four artists have been selected to receive a bursary by In Good Company, the Midlands’ independent, multi-venue creative development scheme for theatre makers led by Derby Theatre.

Playwright Simon Marshall has been successful with Bonfire, a dance-theatre piece exploring the threats young queer people face online. Ditto Theatre Company will present The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin the Chimp, an original story that combines storytelling, puppetry and movement. Bethany Kapila’s piece Ladies Who discusses women who have changed the world. Madeline Gould’s Inside Voice is an autobiographical one-woman show which examines and rejects the systemic idea that women should be quiet.

The four artists join previous recipients Lewis Doherty’s Boar, a one-man fantasy adventure tale of swords, sorcery, and swill; Next-Door Dance with The Clothes Show, a new dance-theatre production that explores clothes and how they shape our identity; Side by Side by Laura Guthrie, a developing performance exploring friendship with an integrated professional cast of learning-disabled and non-disabled women; and Sheep Soup with Hoarding the Musical, a mini-musical about hoarding.

Those artists have since received Arts Council funding and have been undertaking residencies in In Good Company venues.

In Good Company creative producer Ben Anderson said, “our artist support fund is becoming a pivotal fund to support a new generation of theatre makers in the Midlands, allowing them to stretch their theatrical wings, where risk-taking is encouraged and new work born.”

Venues taking part in the scheme are Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre, Lincolnshire One Venues, Nonsuch, Burton-on-Trent’s Brewhouse Arts Centre, Leicester’s Curve, Nottingham Playhouse, Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre and Mansfield Old Library.

The next deadline for the artist support fund is Friday 10 January 2020. Further information is available at the Derby Theatre web site.