In Good Company, the flagship professional creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the Midlands, are thrilled to announce that they will commission a new piece of work from mid-career theatre makers in the UK for 2020.
In Good Company, led by Derby Theatre, has transformed how artists and venues communicate and co-create exciting new performance platforms, commissions and touring networks and is committed to supporting artists to make work and recognises the importance of paying them to do this. Throughout the three-year programme, £146,000 will be given directly to artists through commissions, performance fees, and seed funding and paid scratch nights.
As the programme continues to go from strength to strength, through development, expansion of opportunities and continued funding, In Good Company are thrilled to deliver a substantial uplift in commissioning funds for 2020.
This commission is for a theatre maker/company: with an established practice, identity and a strong track record of creating contemporary theatre; an artist or company who has made 2 to 3 shows, preferably toured these outside of their region; have worked in partnership with other venues to create previous work. Theatre makers who have the infrastructure and capacity to deliver a show appropriate for teenagers; a theatre maker/company that considers the Midlands their home and is committed to making work in the Midlands.
The mid-career commission includes: £10,000 commission fee*, at least 2 weeks’ rehearsal space at IGC partner venues, a performance at Departure Lounge festival at Derby Theatre in July 2020, then performance opportunities to school audiences (year 8) across four days in July at Nonsuch Studios; this includes developing and delivering a suite of workshops that go alongside the production. Mentorship from IGC Creative Producer, Ben Anderson; support from IGC venue teams, advocacy and profile raising opportunities by all IGC partners, alongside the making of process and in the future, and the possibility of working with communities and groups linked with IGC partners.
Ben Anderson (In Good Company Creative Producer)
“It’s absolutely crucial that the support on offer evolves, just as theatre makers do, thus allowing 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.”
Edward Boott (Nonsuch Studios’ Artistic Director and CEO) said:
“Over the past three years we’ve been amazed at what we’ve been able to achieve working with artists and under 18s. This commission opportunity enables to further develop this exciting relationship to create something that is both artistically ambitious and incredible relevant for young adults today.”
Sarah Brigham (Derby Theatre Artistic Director and CEO) said:
“I’m delighted that we will be working with Attenborough, Nonsuch and IGC to commission a brand new piece of work for younger audiences. We know that 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 for the Mid-Career Commission is Sunday 5 January 2020. Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply here.