Our Supported Artists for 2020-2021...
Since 2011 Harrogate Theatre has delivered a scheme that supports and champions a diverse and varied range of new work by emerging and existing artists and companies.
In the past we have offered access to artistic and business guidance, development and rehearsal space, opportunities to showcase work to industry professionals and the public, and we have co-produced on new work.
In autumn 2019 a more structured Supported Artists scheme was launched. The new scheme is designed to provide a comprehensive package to four companies in any one year including seed funding for a new piece of work, plus mentoring workshops and access to year-round rehearsal space.
From 82 submissions, just four were chosen by our Artistic team to be the Supported Artists for 2020-21.
We’ll be working with them to bring their proposed pieces to the Harrogate stage in Spring 2021.
Here’s an overview:
Levantes Dance with AUDITION
Audition is a combination of contemporary circus, dance-theatre, fierce acrobatics and stunning visuals created and performed by an intergenerational and international team (aged from 25 to 70 years old) plus an over 60’s group.
Forget About The Dog with GOOD OR BAD, HARD TO SAY
This show takes characters’ everyday challenges and places them under the microscope, visualising the inner working of people’s minds. Surviving the Modern World reflects on mental health issues that are triggered by the consistent pressures of day-to-day life and society’s approach to happiness.
King Brilliant with CHLORINE
Chlorine follows a young couple drowning in grief as they try to come to terms with the death of a child, and what society expects of them based on their genders. King Brilliant are made up of performers and creatives from working class and target audiences who wouldn’t otherwise engage with theatre because of a perception that it’s a middle-class pastime.
Simon Brewis and Dick Bonham in association with Little MIghty with THE GHOST OF STOLEN SUMMER
Inspired by people with real-life experience of social isolation, the show’s central theme explores the rebuilding of identity and self-esteem when physical health fails.
Research for the show came from the team’s community engagement project “The Lonely Society” which looked at the impact of social isolation on mental health.
All projects will be presented at Harrogate Theatre in Spring 2021 – do come and support the artists and see them if you can!