In Good Company announce latest recipients of Artist Support Fund

In Good Company, the Midlands’ independent flagship, multi-venue, creative, professional and business development scheme for theatre makers, led by Derby Theatre, is evolving and providing more opportunities for regional theatre makers and companies than ever before, which includes the emergence of the fund.

For 2019, the Artist Support Fund will provide a rolling programme of bursaries of up to £1,000. We are thrilled to announce the following artists and companies who were nominated, and successful, in receiving one of the bursaries: playwright, Simon Marshall with Bonfire, a
dance-theatre piece exploring the threats young queer people face online for the sake of affection; award-winning Ditto Theatre Company, who will present The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin the Chimp, an original story that combines storytelling, puppetry and movement, an adventure of friendship, family and what it means to be home; Bethany Kapila with LADIES WHO; think Malala, Marsha P Johnson, the Pankhursts and all ladies who have changed the world, and Madeline Gould with Inside Voice, an autobiographical, universal piece about finding your feminist voice, a fascinating one-woman show which examines and rejects the systemic idea that women should be quiet.                                   

These four artists join Lewis Doherty’s Boar, a one-man fantasy adventure tale where arrows roll and heads fly, an action-packed hour of swords, sorcery, and swill; Next-Door Dance with The Clothes Show, a new dance-theatre production that explores clothes; what we wear, why we wear them and how they shape our identity; Laura Guthrie: Side by Side, 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.

We’re thrilled to say that all four of these artists have since received Arts Council funding, and have been undertaking residencies in In Good Company venues. The artists have been working with community groups, care homes and youth groups, that the respective IGC venues engage with, and in some cases, have been programmed by them too, highlighting how the region is pulling together to raise a generation of artists.

Ben Anderson (In Good Company Creative Producer) said:
“The 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. We wanted to do things differently, focus support around ideas, not words and encourage venues to reach out to independent artists. It’s incredible to see how artists, who are in receipt of the fund, build their projects through relationships with the different venues and how In Good Company advocacy unlocks new potential.”

The Artist Support Fund is open all year round, with reviewing windows in January and June each year. The next deadline for this is the Friday 10 January 2020.

Read the Artist Support Fund Statement of Selection