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Company of Angels relaunches under new name Boundless Theatre

28 October 2016

New Artistic Director Rob Drummer today announces the relaunch of Company of Angels as Boundless Theatre along with his first production as Artistic Director – ‘Natives’ by Glenn Waldron which opens at Southwark Playhouse in March 2017.

On announcing the relaunch Rob Drummer said, “It’s with huge excitement that we today relaunch Company of Angels under its new name Boundless Theatre. We feel the word Boundless perfectly reflects our ambition to present bold, fearless and enterprising theatre without limits and to break down barriers to engagement and access. It also seems appropriate that as an international company, based in a post-Brexit UK, we choose a name that reflects our commitment to working with partners from all around the world. In light of this, I am delighted that my first production as Artistic Director – ‘Natives’ by Glenn Waldron – is a global story which follows three teenagers in three different continents.”

For fifteen years, Boundless Theatre has produced and toured new plays, nationally and internationally and created projects and experiences that young adult audiences share in. It nurtures and empowers the next generation of artists, brings plays, diverse perspectives and ideas from Europe and engages with a range of artistic forms beyond theatre-making.

Its award-winning productions have included ‘Hannah and Hanna’ (which toured to India, Malaysia and Phillipines), ‘Truckstop’, ‘Apples’ and in 2015, with the Young Vic and New Wolsey Theatre, it co-produced the critically acclaimed ‘World Factory’, developed by METIS.

Current Boundless Theatre programmes include a partnership with Théâtre National de Toulouse and Théâtre National de Belgique introducing 14–16 year olds to contemporary plays in translation, and a collaboration with Drama Centre London providing guidance to its MA Dramatic Writing students on how to write for young audiences. Over the course of the next year, Boundless Theatre will also work with an advisory group of 15–25 year olds who reflect the audience and artists it works with. This group will be engaged in every aspect of the company’s work and will be a vital influence on decisions that are made relating to programming, artistic development and the wider work of the company.

Since 2001, over 50 organisations, embassies, cultural institutes, trusts and foundation have funded Boundless Theatres’ work and between 2015 and 2016 it attracted over 5,000 audience members and participants, of which more than 10% were outside of the UK. All of this takes place with a core team of just two full-time and three part-time staff.

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Boundless Theatre announce new Artistic Director – Rob Drummer – and respond to EU Referendum Leave Result

27 June 2016

Following the news last week that British voters have opted to leave the European Union, Boundless Theatre looks to the future with the announcement of its new Artistic Director, Rob Drummer.

Rob joins Boundless Theatre from the Bush Theatre, where he has been Associate Dramaturg since 2013.

Rob’s appointment to the role will follow the departure of current Artistic Director, Teresa Ariosto, who relocates with her family to Aarhus, Denmark, after 15 years with the organisation.

The Boundless Theatre team and trustees are delighted to welcome Rob to his new role over the summer, especially as he has been a proactive and engaged member of the organisation for some time already.

He will join Zoë Lally (Executive Producer) in heading up the company for the next stage of its life. Zoë joined Boundless Theatre earlier this year from Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, where she rose to the position of Executive Director over 10 years with the organisation.

Incoming Artistic Director Rob Drummer says:

“I am overjoyed to have been asked by the board of Boundless Theatre to be their next Artistic Director and to lead the organisation forwards with real enthusiasm for making exhilarating theatre for young audiences. Whilst we as a country look ahead to a very different relationship with the EU, I am convinced more than ever that artistic collaboration across borders will guarantee the future sustainability of our culture.

Last week’s referendum result presents great challenges and of course real uncertainty but now is the time to strengthen our resolve and to ask big questions on stage, collaborate with artists and peers outside of the UK and champion the building of bridges to look to the future together with curiosity.

I believe we have the unique opportunity to reflect the voice of a new generation of diverse artists and audiences and to better represent the full breadth of experiences in this country, across Europe and throughout the world.  Now is the time to interrogate what it means to be a young person today and for Boundless Theatre to make shareable theatre that enables and energises conversation, collaboration and community.”

Outgoing Artistic Director Teresa Ariosto says:

“My 14 years at Company of Angels have been thrilling and full of excitement. It has been a privilege to be at its helm in various capacities over the years and to see it grow from a ‘two-person in a room’ operation into a successful and renowned company; a leader in its field nationally and a recognised influence internationally, spearheading European exchange in theatre for young people.

I am now off to a new adventure in Denmark and albeit sad to leave a company that has been my home for many years, I am delighted to hand over to Rob. He has a compelling and inspiring vision for the future and I am in no doubt that with him and Zoë at the helm, Company of Angels will go from strength to strength, moving forward in bold and inventive ways.”

Chair of Trustees, and Managing Director of Oberon Books Charles Glanville says:

“The board of trustees is delighted to have appointed Rob Drummer to this post. He brings a strong artistic vision, creates work of excellence and has a demonstrable passion for the company.  He is committed to taking Boundless Theatre forward with innovative work that will respond to the voices of all young people and communities from across the UK and Europe. We are positive that this will be the start of a new and exciting chapter for the company”

Three quarters of 18–24 year olds voted to remain within the EU, and while they will be grappling with last week’s referendum result, we celebrate the political engagement young people have demonstrated. Our message to them is that the arts can offer a way of connecting with a wider international community and Boundless Theatre is committed more than ever to creating and sharing in work that is relevant to all young people.

It is essential at this time of great uncertainty that arts organisations listen to and provide a voice to people from across the UK and offer a breadth of experiences and perspectives on stage. Many people will be questioning their place in the world and looking for a space to come together, we believe that space is an artistic one and look ahead to creating new work that is inclusive, innovative and champions big conversation.

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