Current IGC Diary

More great workshops and opportunities coming watch this space!

We are currently busy preparing for our new programme, keep checking back on this page as we update with new opportunities.

Throughout the three-year programme, £146,000 will be given directly to artists through the commissions, performance fees, seed funding and paid scratch nights.


8 Week Mindfulness Course for Creatives

Wednesdays 5pm-7pm from 10 Oct - 28 Nov
Retreat Day
: Saturday 10 November 2018, 10am-3pm

This course may be particularly beneficial to self employed artists and small theatre company practitioners to prevent the erosion of creativity, drive and momentum caused by the increasing demands of operating as a business.

During the 8-week course you will learn to notice patterns of mind through a range of formal and informal practices which include; meditation, gentle movement and cognitive exercises, which are all aimed at bringing greater awareness, clarity, focus and choice to our experience.

VenueRehearsal Room, Derby Theatre, DE1 2NF

Cost£50 (special reduced rate in partnership with Derby Theatre), Students & Concessions: £25  

For more info or to book your place, please contact / 07584 046183



Arts Council England Question and Answer Session on Funding

Tuesday 16 October, 6pm - 8pm at The Riverhead Theatre, Louth

Claire Simpson, Relationship Manager for theatre in the East Midlands, will provide an introduction to Arts Council funding, in particular Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice,  with information about how to apply, and an overview of access support. There’s no question too small, this is a session for anyone considering Arts Council funding who wants to find out more!

Running time: 2 hours (with time after to ask questions)

This workshop is FREE but booking is essential. To book your place please call Box Office on 01507 600350 between 10am-1pm, Monday - Saturday or email

State of the Arts at Curve

Wednesday 24 October, 2pm at Curve Theatre, Leicester

Marking the start of Curve‘s new collaboration with In Good Company, we invite all theatremakers in the East Midlands to join us for a conversation on what matters to you. Chaired by theatre venue leaders, independent producers and award-winning artists from across the region, this free session offers local artists the chance to share their needs and shape the offer made in the future.

In addition to this conversation session, theatremakers currently making new projects are invited to book in for one-to-one “surgery” slots with the In Good Company Team throughout Inside Out Festival for support and guidance. If you’re not sure how to book a tour for your next show, or stuck mid-way through an Arts Council application, we can help. Slots are available on Thu 25 and Fri 26 Oct.

To book your 1-1 slot, please email with the subject title ‘Inside Out 1-1’, providing a short overview of your current project and the question or subject that you need help with. This will help us prepare effectively for the conversation.

This is event is FREE but booking is essential. 

Book Your Free Place


Social Media - The Essential Guide Workshop

Thursday 25 October, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Derby Theatre

An introduction to all you need to know about marketing on social media by the social media coach debbiedooodah.

The course will demystify using the four main social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin. Suitable for complete beginners, the workshop will explain how to build a community and promote your business.

Over the course of the evening you’ll learn how to master social media and grow your brand’s online presence.

Book Your Free Place

Scratch That Itch Winter Warmer  

Sunday 11 November, 6pm - 9m at Derby Theatre
Tickets: £5

In Good Company’s scratch night returns this Autumn and we’re ready to warm ourselves on an open fire of art. An excellent opportunity to let new work thaw and ideas crackle as the evenings close in. This is an opportunity for artists to try out new performance in front of an audience and get a bit of feedback to help them develop their work in the future.

Applications to perform at this Scratch Night are now open - find out how to apply here.

Book Your Free Place

Making Work in Health Settings

Friday 16 November, 1pm - 4:30pm

Derby Theatre, Alan Bates Room

The afternoon will begin with a presentation by Laura Waters, Arts Programme Manager for Air Arts at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.  Laura will discuss arts in health and how artists are employed in healthcare settings with particular reference to acute and community hospital settings. There will be an overview of what is happening nationally in the field and how this impacts work in our region.

Following this there will be a practical session with theatre practitioners Maison Foo. The Foo are regular visitors to the hospitals in Derby and have created many characters and theatre pieces over many years especially for use in the hospital settings. They will train participants to be 'Banishers of Boredom' and share their experiences to demonstrate the best way to work in this environment.

Book Your Free Place


COMMON: GROUND – Barriers to Career Progression as a Working-Class Artist in the East and West Midlands - POSTPONED

Please note: Unfortunately we will be postponing the planned COMMON: GROUND event on Friday 14 September, delivered by the founder of COMMON, David Loumgair, and plan to reschedule this in IGC's programme of events for Spring 2019. 

With a commitment to being transparent, the reason for this is because, alongside being the Founder of COMMON, David Loumgair is an independent working-class theatre director. He was offered the opportunity to work on a new production with an established company which would significantly support his career progression, and help him overcome some of the significant barriers he is facing with regards to his own career progression.

In Good Company support David's need to accept this opportunity and understand the needs of independent artists.