Through working with selected artists and companies we are establishing deeper relationships with our audiences, providing a new forum for artistic activity, and improving the artistic offer to East Kent.
Our commitment to supporting fresh and exciting artists includes offering a range of mentoring activities alongside professional development and showcasing opportunities for selected Kent-based theatre artists. These are our associate companies, engaged with us for two years enabling us to promote a vibrant cutting edge culture of new work development.
The Associate Artists scheme provides a 2-year programme of support and professional development for 3 theatre/ live performance artists or companies’ based in Kent. The programme is one of co-production, mentorship, and practical artistic and business support.
Beady Eye was founded in 2009 and toured the critically acclaimed Everything Must Go 2009-10 in the UK & Germany including a two week run at the Barbican in London and the Ruhrfestspiele in Germany. The show won a Total Theatre Award and the Arches Brick Award. Artistic Director, Kristin Fredricksson, worked as performer, director and puppet maker in France, Japan and Portugal for 12 years before returning to the UK in 2008.
Beady Eye's new show Cooking Ghosts is commissioned by South Street Arts Reading, The Point Eastleigh, The Showroom Chichester and Farnham Maltings, with support from the Puppet Centre Trust and Little Angel.
Kristin continues to ransack her family archives, this time putting her and her sisters as children centre stage in the form of cinefilm footage from the seventies. Nostalgia, comedy and sadness blend as we witness these babies fall, run and eat dirt as they come to terms with the world, each other and themselves, under the gaze of their nearly absent parents
Scandalmongers are a vibrant theatre company, based in Thanet, East Kent. Established in 2008, Scandalmongers are out to cause a stir...
Passionate about storytelling, performance and new writing, we bring exciting new work to both theatre and non-theatre spaces across the South East and beyond.
Taking Flight is a project that explores migration, music and story, uncovering some of the rich wealth of stories and music from Eastern Europe and beyond found on Thanet’s doorstep. For several months, storyteller Emily Parrish and sound artist Filipe Gomes gathered stories and music from people in Thanet. Participants were invited to share their musical talents and their stories; stories they remember being told as children, traditional tales, family histories, unusual legends, local folklore... creating a unique sound installation that weaves together voice and music and explores how the way we experience sound shifts and changes as our lives shift and change.
You can find out more about the project and submit your own stories at http://www.taking-flight.co.uk/ Taking Flight returns in May 2012 creating a recipe book by and for local people .
Poco Loco Productions
Poco Loco Productions is a new company formed by Martin Gibbons creating highly visual family friendly theatre. Poco Loco specialises in absurdist storytelling: digging deep into the world of the imagination to uncover thought-provoking reflections on the day-to-day world.
Supporting New Writing
Theatre Royal Margate has teamed up with New Writing South to launch two new writer development initiatives in East Kent. Young Writers Squad for writers aged 13-17 and Margate Writers Hub for emerging and established writers.
Young Writers Squad (£30 annual cost)
Explore a range of creative writing, from poetry to playwriting and lyrics to flash fiction. This is a year long project with young people aged 13-17 years old interested in all forms of writing meeting once a month at various venues across Margate. Lead by award winning writers Dean Atta (http://www.deanatta.co.uk/) and Sarah Davies with guest speakers.
Squad members will also have access to Just Words (justwordsnws.com) an inspiring new on-line resource for young writers aged 13 – 18. The site, which has been developed by New Writing South in consultation with a group of young people, is a new way for young writers to network nationally and share writing.
Just Words enables young writers to set up a writer profile, upload their creative work and feedback on other writers’ work. Writers supporting the website and offering their expert advice include novelist Stella Duffy, Portsmouth Poet Laureate KeliAnne B, and Times journalist Damian Barr.
15 year old Sophie said: ‘the website has been really good and getting feedback for my writing has been really encouraging.’
Ellie, aged 14, said: ‘I happily signed up to Just Words last night… I love it! I posted some work and read others. They were so inspiring!’
Margate Writer Hub (Entry is £5 or free for NWS members).
Launching in 2012 The Writer Hub will provide a one-stop shop for established and aspiring writers of all genres and abilities, from Margate and the surrounding area. Meeting monthly at various venues across Margate, sessions will include guest speakers, networking opportunities, talks and workshops in this fully writer-led initiative. We are looking for a coordinator for this exciting and innovative project. Interested? We are looking for someone who identifies themselves as a writer, who understands the needs of writers and is personable and reliable. The time commitment for this voluntary role could be up to 8 hours a month. If this sounds like you contact: email@example.com