New commission announced for Midlands theatre makers

Published: 9 November 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

I Dare You by Tom Powell, an In Good Company commission in 2017 Credit: Pamela Raith

A Midlands creative development programme is to commission a new piece of work from mid-career theatre makers for 2020.

In Good Company (IGC), led by Derby Theatre, is looking for a Midlands theatre maker or company with an established track record to deliver a show appropriate for teenagers.

The commission includes a £10,000 commission fee, at least two weeks’ rehearsal space at IGC partner venues, a performance at the Departure Lounge festival at Derby Theatre in July 2020 and performance opportunities to school audiences across four days in July at Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham.

Throughout a three-year programme, IGC will give £146,000 directly to artists through commissions, performance fees and paid scratch nights.

IGC creative producer Ben Anderson said, “it’s absolutely crucial that the support we offer evolves, just as theatre makers do. That allows for innovation, risk-taking and exploration to be at the heart of their work.

“This is a much larger pot than we’ve ever been able to offer before and I can’t wait to see the work that develops as a result.”

Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre’s artistic director and chief executive, added, “I'm delighted that we’ll be commissioning a new piece of work for younger audiences.

“We know it’s vital that we engage young people in the arts and the best way of doing this to make work which is relevant and engaging for them.”

The deadline to apply for the commission is Sunday 5 January 2020. Further information is available at the In Good Company web site.