no strings attached

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no strings attached is a grant scheme to help young people make their first piece of theatre. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to young people from across the south-east region. The grant is for anyone aged between 18 and 25 who hasn’t previously received a grant from Arts Council England.

In October we ran a pitching day for fourteen artists/companies to come and share their ideas with us and as ever it was a real privilege to hear from such ambitious, committed and passionate young makers!

We are now pleased to announce the successful artists/companies to be awarded a grant for 2018-19.  They are as follows:

Sophie Hatton

Sophie applied to no strings attached on behalf of Ditto, a family theatre company specialising in puppetry, movement and storytelling. The pitch was for a new family show that the panel feel could be exciting, inspiring and educational to young audiences.

Chantelle Walker

Chantelle is a performance artist and maker who pitched to no strings attached to help develop her new piece of work about breaking down stereotypes through spoken word and movement.

Rhodri Mayer

Rhodri pitched his idea of a new piece of work that would explore his world as a young autistic person. The piece would look to create a atmosphere in which the audience could understand the world from his perspective and how it feels to have ASD.

Amy Tribe

Amy applied to no strings attached on behalf of Buried Thunder Theatre Company a physical theatre company who tell stories through movement. The company pitched the idea of a tour of  their new show which will look at telling stories of British Folklore in a new contemporary way.

Grace Scott

Grace applied to no strings attached on behalf of The Ordinary People. Grace and Max pitched the idea for a rural touring puppetry piece that will look at the seclusion and loneliness of an elderly woman.

Ema Boswood

Ema pitched the idea of a one woman show exploring ghosting, a comedy using paranormal techniques and dealing with rejection.


All successful candidates are also matched with a mentor in which they will have two sessions on their chosen area.

Each will be working on developing their individual ideas over the next year and we wish them all every success.

For more information about the scheme and about the next round of applications please click here


Audience Feedback for Farnham Maltings’ latest show – Brilliance

Farnham Maltings is officially half way through their national tour of Brilliance and are receiving so much positive feedback that they just had to share with you. 

The shining brilliance of ‘Brilliance’

I expect this has been said many times!

Having been moved to tears at the end of Brilliance tonight, I have been moved to write to you, to thank you for brightening up my week, indeed my year!

I have just watched this beautifully intimate piece in New Deer Public Hall, in the North East of Scotland. A simple theme remarkably and imaginatively brought to life, generating a buzz between audience & performers, as if old friends had come together – a hallmark of Farnham Maltings touring productions.

I was first introduced to Farnham Maltings rural touring shows with the Iranian Feast, one of the most moving pieces of theatre I’ve ever seem; then followed  In Praise of Elephants which was an equally engaging, clever, touching and inventive piece of theatre.

It was this track record that led me to tonight’s performance. I have to thank you enormously for creating theatre that works so well in an intimate space. You have an uncanny knack with storytelling and of creating a real bond between performer and audience member …. not in the usual way (that so many theatres companies and their actors strive to achieve) but in a very tangible, connecting, ‘spot on’, ‘getting it just right’, ‘hitting the nail on the head’, unpretentious and communicative kind of a way!!!

I love what you do and I really look forward to your visits… you set the bar high for professional theatre in village halls, and others could learn a lot from you.

“Lang may yer lum reek!” IMG_6806

Translation – Long may your chimney smoke

In other words: may you continue to do what you do, so well, for a long time, and may you always have the fuel to keep your fire burning 👍😃

With gratitude and admiration,

Audience Member