Hull Truck Theatre introduce new programme for established and early-career artists

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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Hull Truck Theatre are proud to announce their new Associate and Supported Artists programme, offering bespoke support to artists and companies whose work they find inspiring, innovative and exciting. The Associate and Supported Artists initiative builds on the support Hull Truck Theatre gives through Grow, their year-round development programme for artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers.

Associate Artists are creative professionals with whom Hull Truck Theatre have an established working relationship. They include dance practitioner Jon Beney (Dancing Through the Shadows, Sleeping Beauty and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Hull Truck Theatre), composer James Frewer (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and A Taste of Honey at Hull Truck Theatre), playwright and theatre director Rupert Creed, award winning playwright Tom Wells, (Folk and Jumpers for Goalposts at Hull Truck Theatre), as well as Lizi Perry of The Roaring Girls and Paul Smith of Middle Child.

Hull Truck Theatre are also delighted to be working with a group of artists and companies at an exciting early stage in their careers, to offer expertise and advice, rehearsal space and networking opportunities. These Supported Artists include theatre companies Bellow Theatre, Middle Child, Silent Uproar and The Roaring Girls. They are joined by playwright Lydia Marchant, Hull Truck Theatre’s Young Writer in Residence 2015, as well as Edinburgh Festival Fringe award winning duo Norris & Parker.

The announcement of the Associate and Supported Artists programme comes as Hull Truck Theatre team up with the New Diorama Theatre in London on their 2016/17 Artist Development Programme. The New Diorama are the only theatre in the UK to specialise in the development and support of emerging theatre companies and artists. Hull Truck Theatre will work closely with them as an Artist Development Partner to share new ideas on artist development and build a nationwide network to benefit early-career artists.

Mark Babych, Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director, said: “Our Associate Artists are a highly talented group of individual artists who collectively act as creative and critical friends to the artistic team. They are part of the growing artistic family of the theatre, offering different perspectives and viewpoints, advising and supporting us on all aspects of our artistic policy from programming, participation to artist development. As ambassadors for Hull Truck Theatre, they will work with us to ensure that we continue our journey as a vibrant and welcoming artistic hub, growing people and ideas with a distinctive and contemporary Northern Voice. In return, we will work to support them in their own individual journeys offering not only potential employment but the time, space and resources to develop their own artistic practise and using our extensive networks throughout the industry to champion their work outside of the city”.

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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