Boundless Accelerator 2021-2022
We’re committed to discovering the best ideas from artists who might not be known to us and developing the extraordinary artists of the future, now. With Boundless Accelerator we look for bold, imaginative new theatre ideas and work that aims to start a conversation with the world from diverse perspectives. With a cash bursary of £2500 and bespoke support and a lot of c0-creation thrown in, Accelerator is a great way to develop your artistic practice.
The 2021-2022 Theme: Climate Frontlines
The global pandemic has disrupted much in person climate activism that had gained momentum with young people in recent years and digital carbon creates complexities around online activism. Boundless Accelerator 2021 aims to create a positive creative space for theatre makers to create, start conversations and blend activism with their work for 15-25 year olds.
We are interested in supporting new work for individuals and communities already experiencing the consequences of climate change. This might include ‘climate migrants’ who may have had to leave their homes due to changes in their natural environment, extreme weather and water scarcity, or those in the UK not currently platformed as part of the climate movement including artists and young adults who don’t feel they’re being heard or that their work or ideas are taken seriously.
Aaron is a theatre and film maker. He is the winner of BOLD Playwrights and was shortlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Prize. His short films have been screened in festivals across the world. He lives in South London.
For Boundless Aaron is writing a play that explores climate migration, community, and the extraordinary world of fungi. Set in a disappearing coastal town the play argues for hope in the face of overwhelming crisis and challenges our estrangement from nature.
Using the commission, Aaron will run workshops with young people living on Britain’s coast.
Emma is an East Midlands based Writer with a commitment to reframing and reshaping rural stories. Her first play, Patterns, was awarded the Michael Ross Award from RADA and Birkbeck, where she completed her MA.
Since graduating, Emma has been selected to create new work for the BBC, Mercury Theatre Colchester, and NSDF LAB. She is also a Young Mentor at the Young Vic.
Boundless Accelerator will give Emma an opportunity to further expand on her work in rural communities as she explores the complex, but often overlooked, impact of climate change on young farmers.
Harry is an actor, drag artist and lgbtq+ activist based in southwest London. Since his acting training, he’s had his solo drag show ‘Everybody Knows Judy’ commissioned by both Loud & Queer Arts Festival and Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival. After showcasing his drag on the main stage at Lyric Hammersmith, the importance of showcasing diversity, authenticity and queer visibility is at the core of his work.
With the support of Boundless Accelerator, he will be creating a new Cabaret show in London, Noah’s Ark, which will provide a platform for young artists and creatives to showcase their talent and voice. From drag artists to magicians the cabaret show will explore the themes and effects of climate change for young generations.
Multi-award winning Pigfoot is the first explicitly carbon-neutral theatre company in the UK, dedicated to making collaborative, energy-generating theatre about the climate & ecological crisis.
Their show HOW TO SAVE A ROCK is a bike-powered family comedy about how to still have hope. Most recently touring to Northern Stage & Theatre by the Lake with ETT Trailer Story, and part of Pop Up London with Battersea Arts Centre & Found in Music as part of the Mayor of London’s #LetsDoLondon Campaign. The show is winner of Staging Change, Sunday Times Playwriting & Samuel French New Play Awards.
They’re currently developing HOT IN HERE (a carbon-neutral dance party), a protest theatre show about climate justice made in collaboration with young people in Camden & climate advocates around the world in countries most affected by the climate crisis, commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre Outside the Box Fund, touring Spring 2022.
Pigfoot will develop a multi-disciplinary & carbon-neutral piece of theatre which rejects the UK’s antagonistic, aggressive & hostile response to refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants. HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS will be a protest with its audiences, creating a manifesto which collectively imagines a safe, compassionate and empathetic future which puts a solid infrastructure to protect climate migrants at its heart .
Pigfoot is led by Co-Artistic Directors, Hetty Hodgson & Bea Udale-Smith, with Producer, Camille Koosyial.
Natalya Martin is an actor, multi-sensory practitioner and theatre-maker. Her goal is to make work that is fully accessible, relatable and of quality, for and with people with disabilities. She is the co-founder of theatre company FEEL Theatre, which specialises in creating sensory stories, shows and experiences.
Winners of the 2018 Edinburgh Stage Award and The Untapped Award, Nouveau Riché is a multi – disciplinary arts production company. Previous theatre credits include Queens of Sheba, Chateau Marmont and Book of Actions. Their objective is to discover, nurture and produce unique stories that are culturally inclusive, with a keen scope on work that is both educational and entertaining.
Produced Moon are an interactive, digital theatre company working at the intersection of theatre and gaming, based between London and Glasgow. Recent work includes Switchboard, The Inventors Squad and Electric.
Ryan Gilmartin is a multi-disciplinary actor, theatre maker and video DJ. He has made work for the National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Sheffield Theatres.
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