We're launching a host of new opportunities and reimagined projects, all to help the artists and audiences hardest hit by the pandemic. At this crucial time, we will hold true to our motto: all you need is a story.
Our 2021 programme includes:
A reimagined Papatango New Writing Prize, in a new partnership with English Touring Theatre, which will generate career-defining work for thrice as many artists and produce free world premieres in our biggest tour to date. Find out more here.
A film of our multi-award-nominated production of Shook by Samuel Bailey, replacing the West End transfer lost to Covid-19. The original cast and creatives were directed by our own George Turvey in collaboration with BAFTA-winning and multiple-Emmy-nominated James Bobin. This ran online in February and March, being watched in over 20 countries. We hope to revive it later in 2021.
A brand-new, not-for-profit Education Portal. This will open in spring 2021, to ensure anyone, anywhere can train to make theatre.
The rescheduled world premiere of Igor Memic’s Old Bridge, the winner of the 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize, which should have opened at the Bush Theatre in 2020. New dates will be announced as soon as possible. You can learn more about Old Bridge here.
Our Artistic Director, George Turvey, says: “We’re bouncing back from the pandemic with our biggest ever programme to support artists and audiences. Including our first film, our rescheduled move to the Bush Theatre, and our remodelled Prize, we’ll champion more brilliant new talent than ever before at a time when this is especially vital. Equally, by welcoming new Education Officer Sarah Parkes to the team and launching our education portal, we’ll help even more people to get into theatre and reap the benefits of creativity. That we can deliver this expansion, even though we run without any core public subsidy and chose not to apply to the Cultural Recovery Fund so that others with greater need could do so, demonstrates what can be achieved with a little will and a lot of imagination as theatre rebuilds.”
If you'd like to donate to support our work and more opportunities like these, we'd be profoundly grateful. Please consider donating here.