At the heart of Greenwich Theatre's work is our support for young, emerging, exceptional talent. Companies at the very beginning of their theatrical journey are mentored through our Artist Development Programme; those with a little more experience and a growing aspiration can join our group of supported artists, helping them realise their creative ambitions with a range of support in anything from marketing to technical production; and finally those companies can graduate into Greenwich Theatre Associate Artists, working with us as partners on the creation of new work. Scroll down to find out about some of our supported artists...
FAMILIA DE LA NOCHE
Familia de la Noche is a breakout theatre company looking to craft something new out of the accepted conventions of theatre.
A Pandora ’s Box of actors, clowns, designers, puppeteers and musicians we have sworn a solemn oath to create shows that are brilliant, funny affecting devastating charming and raucously entertaining with a contagious spirit and a lust for life.
Familia de la Noche have a wealth of experienced ‘Walkabout’ and event performers. They have directed and managed events and interactive performance for The Vaults, Lost Lectures, Shuffle Festival, Wales Millenium Center, Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury Festival and The National Eisteddfod.
Familia de la Noche are passionate about theatre and the change it can make in young people's lives. The company has worked in schools and theatres across the UK helping children and young people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and abilities right up to degree level at Royal Welsh College. Click here for more information on the company's education work.
“Flawless and Amusing, Terrifying and Twisted” THREE WEEKS ★★★★
“Every now and then, you come across a play that seems to ignore the lines between children’s and adults’ theatre, comedy and tragedy, circus act and bare monologue to convey the sublime itself. Familia de la Noche’s The Greatest Liar in All the World is not that play. It’s funnier.” THE SKINNY ★★★★★
Established in 2009, Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking and moving work.
Their shows examine fragile human conditions in a compelling, physical style embracing mime, theatre and live music, and are often described as magical, poetic and tender as well as disturbing and haunting.
The name of the company comes from the prefix ‘re’. It is the ‘re’ of re-discovering and re-imagining, breathing new life into what already exists.
Intimate collaborations with experts in different fields – such as science and public health - and various community groups throughout the devising process play a crucial part in the development of the work.
Theatre Re have had productions tour widely in the UK but also in France, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany.
“Theatre Re has a gorgeous aesthetic quality that enchants the audience” A YOUNGER THEATRE
LOST WATCH THEATRE COMPANY
Lost Watch are a multi-award winning Theatre Company formed in 2013 by Rianna Dearden, Olivia Hirst and Agnes Wild. They create new theatre derived from honest and gripping stories. Lost Watch collaborate with multi-skilled performers to create and entertain. They are greedy for theatre... and don't see why they shouldn't be.
- WINNERS of the NSDF Emerging Artist Award 2013
- WINNERS of the NSDF Emerging Artist Award 2014
- New Diorama Theatre EMERGING COMPANY 2015
Lost Watch met and trained together for three years on Uri Roodner's BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre course and have collaborated on a number of productions. As well as constantly developing new work, Lost Watch also offers theatre workshops for young people with an interest in contemporary theatre, devising and music within theatre.
“It's the constant changing of styles and tones that really mark them out as exceptional theatre-makers” DAVID BYRNE, NEW DIORAMA THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Reverend Productions is a company dedicated to writing and touring new work for the theatre. Born of a series of collaborations by actors who trained together at East 15 School of Acting, the company works with a wide range of artists to devise and write new plays.
Writer Charlie Howitt selected by The Park Theatre Accelerator for NERVE
NERVE wins a 'No Strings Attached' grant from Farnham Maltings
Charlie Howitt is shortlisted for the Fifth Word Award for Most Promising Playwright
Writer Emma Whipday is selected for the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass showcase with SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER
IN THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND is selected as part of NSDF
DRACULA is selected as the Top Pick of the Oxford Fringe
IN THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND is awarded the NSDF Edinburgh Fringe Commendation
“Reverend are certainly one to watch. Their work is exceptional.” MELLI BOND, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, THE PARK THEATRE
SMOOTH FACED GENTLEMEN
Smooth Faced Gentlemen is the UK's only dedicated all-female Shakespeare Company.
They create fast, funny, fresh and faithful productions of Shakespeare plays, with visual inventiveness, high production values, and a healthy dose of anarchy. By approaching Shakespeare with an all-female lens, the company not only asks important questions about women in theatre, history, and contemporary society but also reinvigorates the texts, inviting new emphases and new audiences.
The company was the first to join Greenwich Theatre as Supported Artists in 2015, presenting Macbeth: The Shakespeare Shuffle in January, a much-anticipated revival of their award-winning production of Titus Andronicus in April, a double-bill of Titus and Othello at the Edinburgh Festival in August, and a London transfer for Othello back to Greenwich in September. Plans for an ambitious programme of work in 2016 are now well underway.
Winner: John Beecher Award for Innovative Theatre with High Production Values
Winner: Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award
Winner: Best Production, Buxton Festival
“Funny, ferocious, creative, brilliantly performed and unflinchingly bloody” THE SKINNY
“One of the most stunning Shakespeare tragedies I’ve ever seen” FEST MAGAZINE
BROKEN LEG THEATRE
Established in 2008, Broken Leg Theatre performed its first production in the basement of a small café and have since gone on to perform two home-grown plays at the Nightingale Theatre, the Hackney Empire and London’s Greenwich Theatre, and two script-in-hand readings at Carriageworks, Leeds and the Marlborough Theatre. Broken Leg are winners of the Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence.
The company received funding from Arts Council England to research their latest production, Three Generations of Women, leading to the collation of thousands of stories on our website, described by the Independent as a “new digital archive that is chronicling the lives of British women over the past hundred years”.
Anna has been writing and producing her work for theatre since 2004. Before founding Broken Leg Theatre she staged new plays in Leeds and at the Jim Broadbent Theatre and Gainsborough Trinity Arts Centre in Lincolnshire. She is a blogger with a popular, thrice award shortlisted blog- www.youcantakeherhomenow.blogspot.co.uk. Anna has over 10 years arts administration experience and is Deputy Director for New Writing South.
Alice Trueman has an MA in Scriptwriting from Goldsmiths University. One of her stage plays was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 2013 and she was selected for a BBC Continuing Drama Workshop. Alice has also had work produced at Theatre503 and her short films have screened at BAFTA, Shortcutz London and Cornwall Film Festival. Alice is represented by Independent Talent, and currently, works as a freelance script editor and writer.
“A warm, hilarious and touching tale, ‘My Second Life’ proved to be a big hit: there was not an empty seat in sight…one thing is for sure, ‘My Second Life’ is certain to please all audiences” THREE WEEKS ★★★★
“some fantastically funny moments…This was an engaging play, well performed, light hearted and full of comedy” LATEST 7