Now in its second year, Boundless Accelerator is back back back! We’ve just announced the four artists who we’re supporting in 2021-2022 with bursaries and bespoke artistic development. Inspired by Climate Frontlines and embedding activism in their work, all four artists are taking intersectional approaches to the theme and have committed to co-creating with 15-25 year olds throughout.
We love Accelerator, as it allows us to get behind new work at a really early stage and help that work eventually find an audience. Our latest production, a co-commission with New Diorama, For Black Boys… by Nouveau Riche is a great example of how Accelerator can support artists all the way through to production.
So, read on to meet the new group of theatre makers and storytellers and follow along as they develop their work over the next year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Boundless Accelerator is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and is now in its second year. You can find out more about all the artists and previous work here. We will be searching for four new artists in 2022-2023 to be the first to hear more, join our mailing list.