The Evolve Artists in Residence scheme supports three artists or companies each year with seed funding for projects or research and development, the provision of free rehearsal space, and mentoring, advice and support from the Playhouse team. Applications for 2017/2018 are now open and more details can be found here.
This is the first year we are in Partnership with Eclipse Theatre’s Sustained Growth Programme. Sustained Global is designed to support Black (broadest sociopolitical context) theatre makers in the North by offering training, development, commissions, residencies, retreats, production space, and through the development of 6 ‘Enablers’ (Black Arts Professionals) who will support artists to generate long term career sustainability in the independent sector. This is a ground-breaking new programme that will see those who participate work on a local, national and international level.
This is the first opportunity delivered in partnership with the Sustained Global Programme. If you are a Black artist based in the North of England, you can apply to be the one of the first artist supported by this new programme.
The Oxford Playhouse producing team says:
The Evolve Artists in Residence scheme is a really important and rewarding part of our work with theatre makers in and around Oxford. The team at Oxford Playhouse really enjoys working with and supporting three exciting theatre makers each year, who we hope will go on to become longer-term associates of the Playhouse. We also hope the scheme will contribute to the sense of community amongst all those making work in the city, emphasising Oxfordshire's potential to be an attractive and enabling place for artists to live and work, as well as a place where audiences can access the best theatre possible from the next generation of theatre makers.”
2015/2016 EVOLVE artist Mike Tweddle says:
Evolve has helped me in multiple ways: valuable, flexible spaces to explore ideas and launch new projects; advice and help to build new tour relationships and partnerships; opportunities to interrogate how I think about my work and communicate that thinking to others. Through the structure of Evolve the Oxford Playhouse team have offered genuine solidarity and support, powering me forwards at what could have been an intimidating period of transition in my career.”
Justice in Motion is an Oxford-based physical theatre company dedicated to raising awareness about social injustice through a combination of performances, workshops and talks. Established in 2013, they create dynamic theatre about social issues, ranging from human trafficking and poverty to mental health and domestic violence. The artists combine movement, music, storytelling, dance, poetry, parkour and aerial to create spectacular performances that enrapture audiences whilst promoting a greater awareness against these injustices.
Matthew Lloyd, Hattie Thomas and Molly Freeman of theatre company Smoking Apples produce high quality, thought-provoking work. They combine puppets, live actors and a unique style of movement to create innovative shows, using powerful techniques often associated with children’s work to make their subjects enjoyable and accessible for adult audiences. Their subtle, beautiful storytelling is profound, entertaining and informative. Work includes In Our Hands, a piece about life as a Trawler fisherman, and CELL, a story of one man’s journey with Motor Neurone Disease. CELL was nominated for a 2014 Peter Brook award and is touring this spring across the UK and Germany, including at The Old Fire Station on Thursday 12 May.