In Good Company announce Mid-Career Commission and offering more opportunities than ever before

In Good Company, the Midlands’ flagship, multi-venue, professional artist development scheme led by Derby Theatre, is evolving and providing more opportunities for regional artists and companies than ever before and for 2019, includes another Mid-Career Commission, the emergence of an Artist Support Fund and the continuation and development of the European Regional Development Fund.

In Good Company has transformed how artists and venues communicate and co-create exciting new performance platforms, commissions and touring networks. The programme is funded by Arts Council England and ERDF funding through the D2N2 Big House project.

Mid-Career Commission

After the success of previous mid-career commissions, Dante or Die’s User Not Found and I Dare You by Tom Powell, IGC is excited to announce that Ad Infinitum (pictured) are the recipient of the Mid-Career Commission for 2019, with their new show Extraordinary Wall of Silence (working title), a collaboration between Deaf and hearing creatives.

The Mid-Career Commission includes £5,000 commission fee, rehearsal space at one or two IGC partner venues, the chance to perform their work-in-progress piece as part of Departure Lounge at Derby Theatre, their summer festival of fresh and exciting performance; mentorship from IGC Creative Producer, Ben Anderson and support from IGC venue teams through advocacy and profile raising opportunities.

Artist Support Fund

Since the scheme launched in 2014, In Good Company are incredibly proud to have supported 14 companies through their associate artist programmes, all who have received bespoke support tailored to their needs. IGC has led the way in the Midlands through this model, enabling other venues to run their own Associate Artist schemes. For 2019, a new Artist Support Fund will provide a rolling programme of bursaries of up to £1,000.

As part of the Artist Support Fund, In Good Company are delighted to announce that the following artists and companies were nominated and successful in receiving one of the bursaries: 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.

Find out how to apply for the Artist Support Fund 

To apply, you will also need to complete an equality and diversity form

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Pictured: Laura Guthrie, Lewis Doherty and Next Door Dance

European Regional Development Fund

In addition to the Mid-Career Commission and the Artist Support Fund, IGC are thrilled to continue supporting artists and makers through the European Regional Development Fund in 2019.

In Good Company and Derby Theatre are part of The Big House, a £5 million tailored support programme for the creative and digital industries (CDI) sector, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

We want to continue supporting theatre makers as entrepreneurs, ensuring that alongside their creative development, they are developing key business skills in order to succeed and continue to make great art.

As part of the ERDF, In Good Company are proud to support the following artists and companies:

Laura Ryder & Co., supported to develop their long-term company planning and ideas and build exciting new relationships with venues and partners with a producer, in particular the development of their new show, Slow Violence;

Milk Presents, who forefront queer and trans narratives, and aim to create real social and structural change in fabulous ways;

Zoo Indigo, a two-woman Anglo-German performance company, supported to work with new creatives, including a designer and videographer, for new show BRITzenship;

Maison Foo, a Theatre Company of Sanctuary, supported to further develop their Refugee Friends Scheme and related Meet Your Neighbour Installation;

Not Too Tame, a multi-award-winning theatre company who work in ensemble, a company who are firmly founded on the belief in ‘Theatre for All’, focusing specifically on creating work that breaks the boundaries of tame, polite theatre and engages those who feel that theatre isn’t for them;

Fifth Word, a theatre company who nurture regional voices and the next generation of talent, supported to develop further commissioning opportunities for new and established writers.

Through the European Regional Development Fund, In Good Company has also been able to support the following companies develop a range of projects, products and opportunities, including additional rural retreats to The Hop Barn, key strategic and business consultancy, new writing seed commissions for some of the best regional writers, designer fees and tour booking fees in 2019: Open Road Productions, Mashi Theatre, Adverse Camber, 1623, Big Window Theatre, Dan Webber, Louise White, Hugh Dichmont, Ben Norris and Neal Pike.

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