Posted on 12/06/2012
The Department of Drama and Theatre has provided funding to four emerging theatre companies as part of the department's Next Stage careers development programme. All of the groups include 2012 graduates from the department.
By Jove Theatre company received £500 towards their upcoming production of The Woman Screaming Beyond - a contemporary take on Aeschylus' Oresteia - at the Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch in July.
Three further companies received £200 bursaries: LockStan, for the development of their production The Patchwork Tales (pictured right), which originated as a Final Year Project in the department; Red Kite, for the presentation of The Woman Who Trod on a Loaf (which also originated as a Final Year Project) at the Children’s Festival at the Arts Theatre, London in July; and Undaunted Theatre towards the presentation of Divine Comedy, a contemporary response to Dante's classic, at the New Wimbledon Theatre in the autumn.
"These funds will be essential to company in its current infant state and are very gratefully received," says Drama and Theatre studies 2012 graduate Oliver Gordon, artistic director of Undaunted Theatre.
The Next Stage programme involved a day-long professional theatre training intensive, led by Liam Jarvis, co-director of Analogue and a current RHUL Drama and Theatre PhD candidate; and a CV and interview workshop led by Hilary Moor and Anne Delauzun from RHUL's Careers service.
"Many of our department's graduates have gone on to great success in many aspects of theatre production," says Karen Fricker, Head of Final Year. "We intend that the Next Stage helps our current students make that essential next step into the professional arena."