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 2023 Theme: Money
Each year we set a theme for Accelerator and this year we’re thinking money. Now, don’t get us wrong, we know this is a huge topic and, in many ways, that’s the point. For Accelerator’s third year, we’ve chosen a group of artists with big, intersectional and complex ideas that somehow connect to the theme.
Photography credits for 2023: Zbigniew Kotkiewicz
Jade Franks is an actor and writer from Merseyside. She is interested in theatre for social change, specifically through young people’s work. She is a full time associate on The Royal Court’s participation team, is an assistant on the Old Vic’s Theatre Makers course and has recently performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East with their young company.
For Boundless, Jade is developing a play called Eat The Rich (but maybe not me mates x). It is a play which explores the complexities of being working class in upper class spaces. The idea came from a stand up comedy show she performed at the university of Cambridge about her experience studying there.
Yasmine Dankwah is a British-Ghanaian writer and performance poet born, raised, and based in South-West London. Using music, anything from High-life to R&B, and spoken word poetry she is really interested in looking at how resistance can be a springboard for joy amongst marginalised communities.
Through Accelerator, Yasmine is developing Garage Girls. Set during the early noughties, Garage Girls is a coming of age, comedy-drama that follows four British-Ghanaian sisters, who run a garage in the backdrop of an impending recession. It’s an ode to Battersea, bad basslines and the beauty and conflict that resides in what it means to be British as a racialised individual.
Chris is a neurodivergent theatre maker, facilitator and founding member of the performance collective ClusterFlux. Since graduating from Central in 2021, he has received Curious Directive’s Hypothesis Grant, been shortlisted for the Charlie Hartill Theatre Reserve and been awarded an ArtsDepot residency. His work is often devised and process driven.
With Boundless, Chris will develop a new work based on his conversations with a man who robbed a bank and then threw the stolen cash over Taylor Swifts security fence – seriously! Working collaboratively with Boundless’ network of creative young people, the piece will explore masculinity, fame, late-capitalism and how we consume stories.
On The Common! are South London theatre makers, the most hilarious people on the planet and occasionally dip their toes into furniture removals. Abby, Kieran and Liv started the company after they left college to get their writing out there, and were then joined by their now associate artists Mia and Max. Their aim is to collaborate with young artists in our area who don’t really know how to get their foot in the door.
On The Common! are are working with Boundless to create a show based around the theme of ‘Money’, or as we like to put it, ‘Grindset‘: a show centred around the stories of young people about the wild, fun, scary and interesting jobs they’ve taken in order to earn a pound or two.
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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