Through the expansion and development of In Good Company, the scheme will deliver an enhanced programme of artist development opportunities, including:

  • Masterclasses and workshops
  • Rolling artist-support fund, offering seed commissions to regional artists
  • Three commissioning funds for mid-career artists
  • New writing development opportunities
  • Platforms to showcase new work through festivals and scratch nights (including Departure Lounge and Check-In Festivals)
  • A subsidised touring programme supporting partner venues to programme three high quality, diverse shows
  • Regular newsletters, social events, 1-2-1 advice meetings for artists and an online directory allowing artists upload and share CVs and portfolios (delivered as part of The Big House consortium).

Current Opportunities

2019 Mid Career Commission 

In Good Company are commissioning a new peice of work in 2019 from a mid career theatre maker or company from across the UK. For more information and details on how to apply please see our news article here

Artist Support Fund

In Good Company is evolving; we’re incredibly proud of our associate artist programme and to date have supported 14 associate companies over 4 years who have received tailored support to their needs. 

We are delighted to have led the way in the midlands in this model meaning lots venues now run Associate Artist Schemes.  We therefore are evolving our programme to offer even more artists the chance to receive tailored support. 

We have listened to what artists want and need and from 2019 onwards, In Good Company will have a rolling programme of bursaries of up to £1,000 that will be awarded in January and June. 

Artists are constantly having to write bids and applications, but for smaller pots of seed funding we think we can do things differently to foster better artist/venue relationships, reduce admin time, focus support around ideas not words and improve the general health and wellbeing of our sector. 

In Good Company are on a mission to continue to transform how artists and venues communicate and co-create exciting new performance platforms, commissions and touring networks and it is for that reason that we have placed the onus on venues to foster and develop relationships, and in collaboration with artists nominate them for this fund. However, you can nominate yourself too through IGC and a conversation with our Creative producer. 

If you have an idea that you think might need support, the best place to start is by getting in touch with someone from a local IGC Partner Venue. Check out this document for more details or otherwise check out our IGC events programme, attend an event and get talking with us! 

Artist Support Fund Partner Venues 

Derby Theatre – www.derbytheatre.co.uk

Attenborough Arts Centre - www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts

Lincolnshire One Venues - lincolnshireonevenues.com

Nonsuch - wearenonsuch.com

Brewhouse Arts Centre - www.brewhouse.co.uk

Curve, Leicester - www.curveonline.co.uk

Nottingham Playhouse - www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Arena Theatre - www.wlv.ac.uk/arena-theatre/

Mansfield Old Library - www.inspireculture.org.uk/about-us/roomhire/old-library/


Departure Lounge Festivals

Our annual Check-in Festival takes place at Attenborough Arts Centre and is designed for local artists to experiment and play ahead of Departure Lounge.

Our annual Departure Lounge Festival is a performance platform of national importance, attended by artists, industry and audiences. Presented with Derby Theatre, we invite local and national artists to showcase their work and celebrate new and innovative performance. Departure Lounge is the arts festival for groundbreaking work in the heart of the country. Every corner of Derby Theatre and beyond will be brought to life by extraordinary performances, workshops and discussion. 


Departure Lounge - Package Holiday Call Out

Cheeky Chin at Derby Theatre 2018


In Good Company sending artists on a Package Holiday with a difference 

What do you think of when you hear the words 'package holiday', golden beaches, pina colada's with little umbrellas in them and an all you can eat continental breakfast. How about a farm in the middle of rural Nottinghamshire where you've got creative inspiration in abundance and very little distractions? 

Package Holiday is another opportunity being offered by In Good Company for one lucky company or artist (from anywhere in the UK) to receive support to develop a piece of theatre, culminating in their performance being part of the Departure Lounge festival line-up.

The successful company or theatre maker will receive: 1 week’s free rehearsal space at The HopBarn, a beautiful artistic retreat in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire, working in the main studio; on-site accommodation; their performance programmed as part of Departure Lounge (on Saturday 20 July 2019) and branded as our ‘Departure Lounge Package Holiday Production’; a performance fee of £500; guidance and support on funding applications and an opportunity to share their work with the In Good Company and Derby Theatre’s artistic and programming teams.

 In Good Company are particularly looking for: work made by artists of colour (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic - BAME), in recognition of the fact that these artists are currently underrepresented in contemporary theatre (and In Good Company’s ambition to address this imbalance); work that fits in a studio space contemporary performances; work that is between 50 and 60 minutes; work already in the process of development that will be finished by the week before the Festival, at the latest.

For the first time, In Good Company are also open to receiving split applications, a bespoke opportunity to present a finished show at the Festival and to develop a different show at The Hopbarn.


 Please submit an application outlining the following on one A4 sheet: 

- Who you are (biography or CV) and where you are based

- Information about the show/s you would like to develop and perform,

- Why this Package Holiday opportunity would benefit you, your company and the work

- What stage your production is currently at, how you will be supporting the production financially and if you intend on taking your show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

All submissions should be sent to Sophie Hack at s.hack@derby.ac.uk and need to be received by Tuesday 26 February 2019.

Interviews will take place at Derby Theatre on Friday 8th March 2019.

All applications in relation to Departure Lounge are reviewed by an Advisory Artistic Panel, a team made up of artists drawn from the industry, IGC’s previous associate companies and the Festival’s previous participants, then selection will be undertaken by Ben, In Good Company’s Creative Producer and Sarah, Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive. 

Due to the high number of applications that will be received we are unfortunately unable to respond to every application. However, we will write a statement of selection - explaining our reasoning for the decisions we make. 



Ongoing Opportunties 


The Artists' Network

The Artists' Network is a digital and physical collection of artists. It is open access - it brings together the “I”s to make a “we”, it turns acquaintances into friends and competition into collaborators.

We send a bi-weekly e-newsletter and your one-stop-shop for all artist development opportunities across the region.

Email igc@derby.ac.uk to join.

As a local artist who is a member of the Artists' Network you are welcome to request a 1-2-1 mentoring session with our creative producer.


PlayShuffle is an open mic night for new writing, designed to lift plays off the page so they can stand on their own two feet.  We provide the Dutch courage so actors can stretch their sight-reading muscles; producers and directors test their ability to sniff out potential and playwrights hear their work for the first time.

Scratch Nights

Our scratch nights offer a selection of new work from the most exciting artists in the region. This is a chance for artists to try out new ideas in front of an audience and for audiences to feed into the development of the next big thing. Come along to get inspired or just enjoy a great evening of new writing. 


We offer year-round 1-2-1 mentoring meetings for all artists working in the region to give advice on funding, touring, sustainability, wellbeing, artistic practice etc. 

Hang Outs

In Good Company knows that it can be lonely being an artist, so we’re committed to providing you with opportunities to connect – about art, but also just the stuff of life. Come hang out with us and each other. From drinks to dancing and picnics to day trips keep watching the IGC calendar for upcoming socials.