We are thrilled to announce the outcome of the New Wolsey Theatre Testing Ground 4 Commissioning programme, which develops original work from D/deaf and disabled artists, especially since we have been able to extend the typical amount of commissions that we offer thanks to funding from Ramps on the Moon.
Even in the midst of the current disruption and uncertainty, we had 27 exciting applications, of which we were able to offer seven commissions, and we hope to find ways of supporting and encouraging many of the other applicants too. The three artists commissioned to present some of their work at the New Wolsey Theatre in the future were: Natasha Sutton Williams for Lesbian Pirates!, Kate Lovell for Zero and Rowan James for A Room Full of Elephants. Our other commissions were appointed to Nicky Werenowska for Broken English, Nikki Charlesworth with What Happened to You?, Tilly Lee Kronick and Jonathan Leitch for Sonder and Josh Merritt for Electric Backpack.
The work of freelance artists, particularly those with disabilities, is precarious at the moment, so we are delighted to continue to support exciting creative projects. The development support package of each project is bespoke according to the needs of the artists and their work.
The original idea to present at the Pulse Festival: Summer Break has been put on hold, but we are determined that they will all get the platform they deserve.