04 Oct 2016
We're thrilled to announce its first Associate Artists Odd Doll, SBC Theatre, Target Theatre Company and Wayne Sables Project as part of our commitment to working with and supporting local and regional companies in their development.
Associate Artists at Cast are a small number of developmental relationships which vary from company to company but usually include tailored production support, extended opportunities for research and development, access to office space, advocacy for each other’s work, access to mentoring from Cast staff and assistance with strategic planning or company development.
Following our recent third birthday celebrations Cast looks ahead to the next chapter in its history and is excited about opportunities to work with a unique range of artists more widely.
Odd Doll who will be presenting their next work at Cast in 2017 create puppetry theatre for adults and children using experimental visuals, live music and collected stories. Kathleen Yore Artistic Director said:
‘This special partnership is a huge growth opportunity for Odd Doll enabling us to create more fantastic puppet theatre in the region.'
Target Theatre Company from Doncaster encourage people to look at the world around them differently with theatre that inspires debate and provokes social change. Target have been researching and developing their latest piece Swarm at Cast. Brett Lee Roberts Artistic Director at Target Theatre Company comments:
‘This relationship will help us to develop further as an organisation and be more ambitious creatively. We look forward to partnering with Cast on projects within Doncaster and being part of the theatre's and the town’s exciting future’
SBC Theatre is the first ever Theatre Company of Sanctuary and creates exploratory, uncompromising new theatre that seeks to push, provoke and unravel the status quo. Their recent piece, ‘TANJA’ played successfully at Cast, and unearths the true experiences of asylum seekers in Britain and stars Emily Ntshangase-Wood, a former Immigration Removal Centre detainee. Rosie MacPhearson writer at SBC Theatre comments:
‘It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to develop a stronger relationship with Cast, to further reach out to audiences in Doncaster and continue to provide opportunities for sanctuary seekers in the area.’
Wayne Sables Project is a dance theatre and film company touring small to mid scale venues across the UK. Working with like-minded people from across different cultural sectors is at the heart of Wayne’s ethos and it underpins the entire company’s foundations. Wayne’s upcoming performance of Intense Attachment will open at Cast this Friday, he comments:
‘I’m delighted to be made an Associate Artist at a time of great growth and possibility. I‘m hugely excited and can’t wait to begin working towards future projects that lie ahead.’
In addition to the Associate Artist programme Cast’s strategy for developing and nurturing professional creative talent has two other strands. Cast is to continue to support a range of research & development residencies throughout the year, making their Drama Space available to not-for-profit practitioners working in the performing arts at all career stages. Production support will also be open to artists looking to realise projects and new productions that will be premiered or seen at Cast.
Mathew Russell, Cast’s Interim Executive Director said:
‘We are thrilled to welcome Cast’s founding Associate Artists and look forward to working closely with each of them on a range of exciting developments. We hope that through these collaborative and vital relationships, more companies and artists will have the freedom to share Cast’s state-of-the-art building and resources to experiment, explore, and broaden their boundaries of work.’
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