Proteus are an award winning theatre company from Basingstoke who believe that the audience is as important as the artist, and that to create truly dynamic and relevant theatre the audience and artist must inspire each other’s imagination. Quality, integrity and innovation are the values at the heart of their work. They produce touring shows, projects, residencies and workshops and play a key role in the provision of performance and participatory opportunities for the wider community.
Jacksons Lane are North Londons Circus hub. They take more risks, and program a wider body of circus work than any other venue in the country. They have grown in reputation over the years and are now THE place to go in the UK to see work and watch companies create new circus. They have programmed, supported and helped build the reputations of companies such as Mimbre, Ockhams Razor, Upswing, So & So Circus, Gandhini Juggling, and Square Peg - among countless others. In 2013/14 they were instrumental in supporting over 25 new circus commissions. They supported Kaveh when he set set up So & So Circus and co-produced their two touring shows. Nearly there yet run classes for young people and adults in their beautiful Studio 1 space every Sunday. They commissioned an early version of the Party and constantly provide space and support for the creation and rehearsal of new ideas.
The Albany is a performing arts centre with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. Over the last few years, it has emerged as a new type of arts venue, very much driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. Involving people, through participation and partnerships, is central to our work and is essential to the delivery of our vision.
The Albany has re-established itself as a significant London arts venue, building on a reputation as a home and seeding ground for creative development in the performing arts. Our programme encompasses a range of music, theatre and spoken word, as well as an array of participatory projects.
The Albany has a year-round focus on family audiences for children of all ages, with an annual audience of over 15,000. We present regular Family Sundays focused on theatre for under 7's, self-produced Disco Kids events, holiday activities and a four-week run at Christmas, as well as work at our sister venues Deptford Lounge and Canada Water Culture Space.
ARC is committed to supporting and improving the amount and quality of artistic work being made in the North and is the artist development hub for the North East region. We deliver a comprehensive programme of artist development, primarily aimed at drama, dance and spoken word artists.
ARC’s artistic policy is to present work that is contemporary and relevant. By that, we mean we want to show work that helps us understand and enjoy the world as it is today. We want to look forward, to excite our audiences about the future.
ARC’s family programme is mainly focused on work for under 7s, with some work for 8 – 12 year olds. As well as an extended run for ages 3+ at Christmas, we present theatre, dance and puppetry performances for younger audiences on Saturdays approximately once a month.