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Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings talks to Arts Professional about a new programme called ‘greenhouse’ .

‘greenhouse’ is a three year programme funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It is designed to support the creation of contemporary theatre from South East England, to build its audience and to see if we can better connect the ambitions of audiences and theatre makers. ‘greenhouse’ will sit as a distinct strand of work between house and the producing work of Farnham Maltings.

Read the article here.

our newest associate company

We’d like to let you know that Bucket Club are our newest associate company! The company of 7 met whilst studying at Bristol University and make work collaboratively through a combination of writing and devising, working with a network of writers, performers, designers and musicians. They are interested in how stories are told and how theatrical form can be exploited. They like live music, bare spaces and making the most of what they’ve got.

They developed their first piece of work, a one-woman show Smack Rabbit as part of BAC Homegrown performed in London and at the 10 Days in Dublin Festival.

In May, they developed their second show Lorraine and Alan as part of the Emerging Artists Residency at The Lyric Hammersmith and were selected to participate in Ferment Fortnight at the Bristol Old Vic.

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investing in young theatre makers…

On October 23rd, we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of twelve young, emerging theatre makers and companies who were invited to share their ideas with the ‘no strings attached’ panel. And of course it had to be the day when South West Trains had signalling problems, affecting all the trains in and out of Farnham! But this didn’t dampen our spirits…

‘no strings attached’ is a grant scheme which helps help young people to make their first piece of theatre. We only stipulate that the applicant be between the ages of 18 and 25, live in South East England, and that the grant cannot be linked to academic work, used for equipment or to pay themselves. There are no lengthy applications – the clue is in the title.

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exploring the Antarctica with Little Bulb…

Little Bulb are currently performing their family show Antarctica, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic and us. The company have created a wintry wonderland for younger audiences to enjoy, whisking them away on an unforgettable journey armed with songs, instruments, puppets and plenty of snowy surprises. In between their hectic performance schedule, Clare and Dominic were interviewed, read the interview here.

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Credit: Paul Blakemore

Antarctica runs from 27 November – 4 January at the Bristol Old Vic Studio. Find out more here.

Max talks puppets…

Our associate artist Max Humphries talks about his latest creation The Mighty Gor for this year’s Christmas production, The Snow Gorilla at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-Upon-Thames. Read the blog to find out more about his craft, puppets and The Mighty Gor!