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New Evolve Artists for 2015/16!


Posted by James Webster
Digital Marketing Officer, on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Oxford Playhouse is delighted to announce the appointment of three new artists for the third year of its successful Artists in Residence scheme, Evolve.

Evolve: Artists in Residence supports three artists or companies each year with seed funding for projects or research and development, plus free rehearsal space, mentoring, and advice and support from the Playhouse team. The  artists selected for 2015 to 2016 are young people’s theatre company Dot & Ethel, writer and performer Jack Bennett, and Mike Tweddle, the founder of Temple Theatre.

Oxford company Dot & Ethel is run by director Heidi Vaughan and designer Harriet de Winton. Heidi has worked for venues including the Nuffield Theatre and Oxford School of Drama, and is an Associate Artist at the egg theatre in Bath.  Harriet graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has designed for numerous venues and tours across the UK and Europe. The company’s highly visual family work includes latest show Match, based on heart-warming fairytale The Little Match Girl, which is touring the country.

Jack Bennett was recently seen in the Playhouse’s BT Studio, performing his latest prize-winning show Too Much, Too Young to sell-out audiences. Jack is an actor who has worked for the National Theatre, the New Vic and the Reduced Shakespeare Company, amongst others. Evolve will support him to develop his own writing for theatre.

The third successfully appointed Evolve artist is Mike Tweddle, the founder of BE Festival, Birmingham’s annual European theatre festival. He has directed and performed for acclaimed venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, and is a course tutor at Birmingham School of Acting. Evolve aims to assist Mike by supporting his work with the two theatre companies he founded, the award-winning Temple Theatre and the experimental Babakas.

Our Chief Executive officer, Louise Chantal, says:

I’m delighted to welcome our new Evolve artists to the Playhouse, and look forward to supporting them through a year of creative risk-taking and development.

It’s a unique chance to get off the treadmill of producing show after show and take some time to reflect on your achievements as an artist. We’re delighted to be working with such brilliant emerging talents.

Anna Bruder, current EVOLVE artist and acclaimed designer, says:

Being an Evolve Artist in Residence for Oxford Playhouse has been an incredible opportunity, allowing me to receive invaluable advice and support with a range of my projects. This included everything from fund management, to marketing advice, production assistance, and so much more.  Also, Oxford Playhouse will produce and tour my show, Ready Steady Colour in 2015, thanks to support from Evolve.

Other previous Evolve artists include Caroline Horton, an Olivier Award-nominated theatremaker; emerging director Ellen Havard, presently the Associate Director with Propeller; Hannah Ringham, co-founder of award-winning theatre collective SHUNT; and Flintlock Theatre, a new professional theatre company based in Oxford, currently touring two shows.

The Evolve artists selected for 2015 to 2016 start their residency in April. Look out for more information on their upcoming Oxford Playhouse adventures!

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