Engine Room 2020
ENGINE ROOM 2020 - WILTSHIRE CREATIVE’S NEW ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Wiltshire Creative is supporting six new artists with the launch of its new artist development programme, Engine Room.
For two weeks in February, Wiltshire Creative will provide research and development residencies for six artists to develop exciting new projects at different scales across a range of art forms, with a view to incorporating them into the Wiltshire Creative programme in the future.
The six artists who are part of Engine Room 2020 are actor and theatre-maker Martin Bonger, playwright Katherine Hunter, songwriter and performer Louise Jordan, dance-circus artist Hazel Lam, writer Paula Stanic and multi-disciplinary artist Brook Tate.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Gareth Machin, Wiltshire Creative has supported and showcased a range of artists from the South West through Fest West (formerly Theatre Fest West) over the past eight years. Engine Room will now give further opportunities for artists to develop their work with the organisation during a focussed period of research and development.
The Engine Room 2020 Artists
Martin Bonger has been a theatre maker and actor for the last 10 years, creating shows with The Plasticine Men and Move to Stand. Martin is developing This Crossing, a new show full of music about two people making the same journey 600 years apart.
Katherine Hunter won a competition at Salisbury Playhouse with an extract from her play Respite. Since then, Bike was performed in The Salberg in 2015, and she has had work performed on BBC Radio 3 and 4, at Bristol Old Vic and The Tobacco Factory. Katherine is developing Badger Boy, about a new play for youth theatre groups inspired by the badger cull and the refugee crisis. Katherine will also be working with Wiltshire Creative's Stage 65 Youth Theatre to help develop the piece.
Louise Jordan is a UK-based songwriter and performer whose recent work includes the critically acclaimed one woman show No Petticoats Here about extraordinary women of the First World War and The Hard Way the story of working class suffragette Hannah Mitchell. Louise is developing Florence exploring Florence Nightingale in the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Hazel’s focus is cross-art-form collaboration. Hazel is developing a common language across music, dance and contemporary circus that aims to push the boundaries of each field. Hazel will be developing The Name of the Rose which explores the responsibility we have for our actions.
Paula B Stanic
Paula won the 2008 Alfred Fagon Award, and she’s been writer-on-attachment at Soho Theatre and the National Theatre Studio. Work includes: Under A Foreign Sky (National Tour), 6 Minutes - Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre) & Messiah co-written with Jesse Briton. Paula’s interested in finding different ways to bring real experiences to life, she is developing a play inspired by interviews with overseas nurses at Salisbury District Hospital.
Brook Tate is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Bristol, practising in visual fine-arts, music and writing. Brook is developing My Great Giraffe, which focuses on a young girl who finds an unexpected visitor in her garden.
Mr Maglump and My Great Giraffe have been shown at the Bristol Old Vic and seen by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Photo Credits: Katherine Hunter (Tim Byford) and Louise Jordan (Neil King)