Genesis Kickstart Fund project activity | Aug – Sep 2022

22 August 2022

Left to right: A conductor in action with short black hair and wearing a checked shirt, 4 actors onstage with dressed in shirts, trousers, ties, and flat caps, and a metal sculpture in an art studio with a child stood next to it.

Images: Our Silence is Your Silence (Tangram), The Glee Club at Theatre by the Lake cr. Chris Payne (Stockroom), The Borrowed Condition Exhibition by Kira Freije (Strange Cargo)


Dido’s Bar | Dash Arts

Dash Arts’ new immersive theatre and music production, Dido’s Bar, opens at the Royal Docks London on 23 September. 

Written by Hattie Naylor and performed by a multilingual international cast, Dido’s Bar is a retelling of Virgil’s poem ‘Aeneid’. It brings to life the classic myth of migration, love, and assimilation, through the eyes of refugees today. 

Inspired by director Josephine Burton’s encounter with Kurdish Iranian musician and composer of the work, Marouf Majidi
Dido’s Bar runs until 15 October in London, with additional dates in Manchester, Leicester, Portsmouth, and Oxford. 

Book tickets 

HAWK | Lewis Doherty 

Actor and Writer Lewis Doherty performed his one-man sci-fi action show HAWK at Nottingham Playhouse on 13 August. 

Armed with just himself and a chair, Doherty played over forty characters, mimed every prop, and created all sound effects. The piece was the third and final instalment of ‘The Beast Trilogy’. 

Stay informed about Lewis Doherty’s work 

A grid photo of the Stage One Bridge the Gap Producers.

Bridge the Gap | Stage One  

The 2022/23 producers for Bridge the Gap, a year-long development programme that supports 10 emerging producers each year, have been announced. 

Run by Stage One, the programme aims to support emerging producers who are under-represented in the theatre industry, giving them the skills they need to transition into commercial producing. Each producer is matched with a mentor and has access to Stage One’s other development programmes.  

After receiving over 80 applications, the successful applicants are Anya Winful, Beth Shouler, Catherine Leen, Gift Onomor, Harris Albar, Jennifer Leigh, Layla Madanat, Madison Parker, Rachel Westhead, Sophie Hack, and Winnie Imara

Read more on Stage One’s website 

Stockroom Freelance Producers Fellowship | Stockroom 

Applications are now open for the Stockroom Freelance Producers Fellowship

This is a programme for freelance theatre producers from working class and marginalised backgrounds who are passionate about working with new writers.  

Starting in September this year, the Fellowship includes 6 monthly in-person masterclasses and five Q&A networking sessions, in addition to mentoring opportunities and free desk space. 

The deadline to apply is Wednesday 21 September 2022. 

Apply for the Fellowship 

Visual Arts

Acme Alternative Pathway Awards | Acme Artist Studios Ltd. 

Applications for the Acme Alternative Pathway Awards are now open.  

In response to the urgent need to address widening inequalities in the contemporary art field, the award was created by Acme Artist Studios to support artists within their first five years of practice that are from groups currently underrepresented in the arts.  

The three selected artists will share a studio for six months to work towards a public outcome of their art, as well as receiving mentoring and a £3,500 bursary. 

The deadline to apply is Tuesday 30 August, 11 am. 

Apply for the Alternative Pathway Awards 

Something New From Repetition | Kleiner Shames 

The latest work from Kleiner Shames titled Something New From Repetition will be open to the public from 23 – 27 August at the Jupiter Gallery in Newlyn. 

The piece takes reappearing shapes from Kleiner Shames’s practice as a painter and turns them into four three-dimensional, moveable, dismantlable and skateboard-able sculptures.  

Constructed from wood and painted in bold colours, they aim to invite people to explore a new environment, be experimental and playful. 

Keep up to date with Kleiner Shames’s work 

The Resident Platform | Strange Cargo  

The next artist in residence in Strange Cargo’s The Resident Platform programme, Kira Freije, is currently showcasing her exhibition The Borrowed Condition at Strange Cargo’s gallery in Cheriton. 

The Resident Platform programme aims to support an artist in developing a sculpture inspired by Cheriton.  

A new sculpture is made per residency, culminating in a series of 24 sculptures for the Cheriton community. 

The exhibition will run Fridays & Saturdays from 12 – 4pm, until 24 September. 

Find out more about Strange Cargo 


Revoiced | Corvus Consort 

Corvus Consort’s debut album Revoiced, which was released at the beginning of July 2022, has been featured in Apple Music’s Top 10 Classical albums of the month. 

Made in collaboration with the acclaimed Ferio Saxophone Quartet, the disc explores the blend of saxophones and voices, bringing new colours to music from the Baroque and Renaissance. 

Buy the album 

Our Silence Is Your Silence | Tangram 

Our Silence is Your Silence is a new immersive concert experience by London-based, Chinese music collective Tangram, which takes place at LSO St Lukes this month. 

The concert invites audiences to explore the boundaries between silence and sound, and its deep roots in East Asian philosophies. 

Performances will be held on 28 & 29 August, 7.30pm. 

Book tickets 

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