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Company and Artist support for 2016-17

 Members of Unanima Theatre take part in a Masterclass 
Members of Unanima Theatre and EP Company taking part in a Masterclass.
Photograph by Tony Fisher, member of 2015 - 16 EP Company.
Across the East Midlands there is an impressive community of emerging artists and companies. Each year we offer targeted support and a block of rehearsal/workshop space to an East Midlands based company and artist, to support their development. The areas we support varies from  artistic and dramaturgical, developing business skills or practical advice on touring work, including rural touring. Each mentoring programme is outcome driven and tailored to suit individual needs. Through this programme we aim to equip artists with skills, knowledge and advice that will help to help realise their ambitions. 

This year we are privileged to be working with Mansfield based Unanima Theatre, an integrated company of adults with and without Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Down Syndrome. The company creates innovative and autobiographical community theatre performances via a professionally led devising process.

If you are interested in receiving guidance in the future please email us, summarising your experience to date together with an outline of your goals, explaining what you hope this support will help you to achieve. Send your email to with Company/Artist support as the subject.

Previous Mentored Companies include:
2014 - 2Magpies Theatre - Our mentored company for 2014 is Nottingham-based 2Magpies Theatre. Founders Tom Barnes and Matt Wilks create new and exciting devised live performance in unique, site responsive locations in Nottingham and beyond. Key features of their work include redefining public spaces as performance venue and collaborating with a range of diverse talents. Combining the unique atmosphere of each specific performance venue with their devised shows, 2Magpies Theatre have so far explored the nuances of the dining experience in Serenade, and the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in The Litvinenko Project. For information visit:

2013 - The ImpulsCollective - Based in Daventry in Northamptonshire, the Impulse Collective are an emerging professional theatre company challenging the modern boundaries of theatre to create new and exciting work. Creating fast paced theatre, the collective use large amounts of Verbatim, Comedy, Autobiography and Projection, often in experimental ways with exciting physical theatre. As well as National Touring, Impulse Collective are also dedicated to talent development within young people and vulnerable people. For more information visit:


2012 - The Gramophones - The Gramophones are a theatre company based in Nottingham, who specialise in witty, interactive theatre with a twinkle in its eye. They are an all-female company who came together in 2009 through the chance discovery of notes in cafes, reading 'Looking for quirky performers for a theatre project'; these were placed there by Hannah Stone, Artistic Director, to bring a group of like-minded theatre makers together. The Gramophones' work is informed by clowning techniques and as a result is playful, fun and engaging. They place their audiences at the centre of their performances and regard them not only as voyeurs but as players in their work.  All members of The Gramophones have a wealth of experience working within theatre as both performers and practitioners. For more information visit



New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

One of the many things we do is to turn village halls into professional theatre spaces.

Whether you’re a theatre lover, rural champion, or believe in widespread access to the arts then please help us make our work. Like every actor on stage, or each word on the page, every donor plays a vital role, your support can make a real difference... Find out more

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