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Artist Residencies Announced for 22/23!

Published: Thu 7 Jul 2022

We are incredibly excited to announce our latest artist residencies for Autumn 22 and Spring 23!

Our residency programme is a way for artsdepot to engage with emerging and established artists from different art form backgrounds, providing access to resources and expertise within a professional multi art form venue. Each year, we invite applications from artists and companies who wish to explore exciting new ideas in our Creation Space.

Our upcoming residencies include...

The Thelmas and Danaja Wass
The Thelmas teamed up with writer/ performer Danaja Wass after she brought an excerpt from her play NOTCH to The Thelmas WMC Writers group in 2019. After an outing at VAULT in 2020, Danaja and director, Madelaine Moore are keen to spend some time reconstructing the play’s disjointed narrative, and dig deeper into the language of film to create a form and structure which best explores the margins of trauma, internalised toxic masculinity, female sexuality and personhood.

Michael Duke
Apollo is a solo show that uses storytelling, ritual and the art form of showmanship to explore representation, Black British identity and performance. In the artsdepot residency Michael will be working with director Jane Moriarty and other creative collaborators to play with form, explore the practices of ritual and create an illusory sonic world for the piece. The outcomes of the R&D will be integrated into the script contributing to a finished draft.

Masie Newman, Ben Osborn & Elana Binysh
Maisie Newman, Ben Osborn and Elana Binysh are three artists who have known each other for a long time, and are collaborating for the first time with this piece. They work across multiple disciplines - sound art, poetry, choreography, dramaturgy, animation - and are unified by a desire to make poetic, loud and thoughtful pieces of art that sit somewhere between theatre, live art and mood pieces. They’re going to spend the R&D time developing a language for their collaboration and playing with ritual, the sharing of knowledge/oral histories, food and queer deconstructions of religious texts.

Stroud & Notes
Stroud & Notes are a brand new original musical company conceived in the brain of queer singer-songwriter, Kyla Stroud. Stroud & Notes will be using the Creation Space for their first R&D workshop for Public The Musical, a one hour real-time story about four very different strangers who get stuck in a gender-neutral public toilet.

In Her Strength
Vicky Moran and Claire Gilbert will be working together on In Her Strength, creating a theatre piece that fuses together spoken word, gig theatre and real stories, written and inspired by women who have experienced homelessness.

ClusterFlux is sick of getting distracted. They want to be productive, proactive, put their heads down and get on with it. So, they have decided to devote themselves to making a well-made play; not just any well-made play, THE well-made play.

GeoTone - Lauren Phillips & Paul Barnes
During their residency, GeoTone will be laying the groundwork for a new installation piece. FUATH is a puppetry soundwalk that seeks to inspire climate justice. Audiences will be guided by puppets and assisted by the voices of the creatures, faeries and giants found in folklore.

Kill The Cat Theatre
Kill The Cat is an award-winning interactive theatre company run by co-artistic directors Dylan Frankland and Madeleine Allardice. During their residency they will be laying the groundwork for their new show Keep The Lights On, including exploring how to give an online audience power over an in-person audience.

Blackhorse Roadshow
Blackhorse Roadshow is a small collective of North-East London theatre-makers who identify as women and mothers. They are creating an intimate and unique piece of theatre for a small audience of parent-carer / pre-crawling baby pairs. Their groundbreaking storytelling combines a spoken narrative for adults and accompanying shadow puppetry and music for babies.

Paper Smokers Theatre Company
Paper Smokers is a London based collective of international artists and storytellers producing theatre, film and installations. Combining immersive experiences, theatre and live art installation, Franca Says No wants to inspire audiences to use this word without guilt to enforce boundaries.

Nearly There Yet
Nearly There Yet will be working on Pockets, a new show in development for audiences aged 3 - 7 exploring the idea of pockets, what we use them for and how we deal with taking things out of our private space and into the public arena.

Jessica Millward & Natasha Brotherdale Smith
Natasha Brotherdale Smith (Writer) and Jessica Millward (Director) are northern, queer and neurodivergent theatre makers. They'll be working on Stuck, a dark comedy about women’s safety. Two female housemates put the world to rights while a predator is barricaded in their bathroom upstairs.

Emma Brand
Part participatory performance, part communal meal, The Stove invites you to forge communities through storytelling. During the artsdepot residency, we’ll be figuring out how to make the party bigger and better – with more tables, more performers, more stories and more connections.

BULLYACHE (Deyn & Samuel) is a music and performance project, whose work spans choreography, film, and visual art. During their Artist Residency, they will research extended forms of performance and character development towards a fully realised version of the live work that will premiere in 2023.

June Yuen Ting
June Yuen Ting dreams of another world that the confines of colonial capitalist modernity cannot hold. June dances, organises, agitates and grieves. Through embodied sensing, listening, responding and witnessing, the residency will serve as a training ground for collective care, mutual aid, community accountability and transformative justice - relationships that make prison and police obsolete.

Victoria Briggs & Filskit Theatre
During this residency, Victoria Briggs and Filskit Theatre will work on turning Jan Fearnley’s classic children’s book Little Robin Red Vest into a magical show. This project is a collaboration between Victoria Briggs (adaptation & director), Sarah Shephard (dramaturg), David Lewington (sound & music), Rachel Baynton (designer) and Filskit Theatre (producer).

QuestLife use the arts to advocate for change and social justice. For this residency we will R&D Dare to Dream, written and directed by Artistic Director Eileen Bellot, as well as delivering participation workshops exploring themes of the play.

Claire Gaydon
Claire is a performer, writer and artist creating research driven shows that explore the narcissism of contemporary culture, both its pleasures and consequences. Her work is political, cringe-funny and plays with meta narratives blending autobiography with fiction.

Carrot Drag
Carrot is a non-binary drag artist and producer based in East London. During their residency at artsdepot, Carrot will be developing a drag show for children exploring how the fun, silliness and play that comes with drag can translate to a 'storytime'-style show for a young audience with music, dancing, puppetry and storytelling.

Matthew Gardner
Matthew Gardner has been a freelance stage manager and early career playwright, and most recently was assistant Producer at Wildworks. The residency at artsdepot will allow them to begin and continue a conversation with other neurodiverse collaborators in the theatrical industry and explore a work process focusing on their disabilities; autism, ADHD and dyslexia.

For more information about all of our residencies, head here!

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