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In Good Company is a professional development programme for emerging artists making work in the East Midlands. Funded by Arts Council England, it launched in July 2014 and is delivered by Derby Theatre, Create in Mansfield and Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester.

All three arts organisations are committed to the development of artists and, with strong links to educational institutions, we’re perfectly placed to nurture and nourish emerging artists as they establish themselves as storytellers of the future. This programme will engage a community of regional artists and specially recruited Associate Companies through masterclasses with top practitioners, scratch nights, networking events, salons and our flagship festival, DEparture Lounge.

In Good Company is led by Creative Producer Ruby Glaskin and she’s keen to get to know you. Contact her to find out more about the scheme and to be added to our Artist’s Network mailing list to ensure you benefit from being In Good Company.

Twitter: @RubyGlaskin
Phone: 01332 593930

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Derby Theatre and In Good Company are on the lookout for new Associate Companies you can apply here by Fri 12 June, 5.00pm. Please download the application pack here with full details of how to apply.

DEparture Lounge, Derby Theatre’s hugely successful summer festival of fresh, new and exciting theatre, returns for a third year, produced by In Good Company. Find out more information here

DEparture Lounge is In Good Company’s flagship festival: uplifting audiences and helping artists take flight. The festival doesn’t take-off until July 2015 but you can check–in for the ride of your life with this warm-up event at Attenborough Arts Centre, curated by In Good Company. Find out more information here

Associate Companies for 2015/16

At the heart of In Good Company will be a group of Associate Companies. Twenty applications were received, sixteen companies were invited to pitch and following in-depth interviews, Derby Theatre, Create and Attenborough Arts Centre are now delighted to announce who the five associate companies will be:

Egg Box

Egg Box Theatre create original family theatre which inspires and engages young audiences in exciting and creative experiences. Their work challenges traditional environments, is often silly and always fun.

Egg Box Theatre was founded out of a need in their region of Lincolnshire; a need for imaginative and experimental theatre for young audiences, particularly those aged 3-10, and a need for professional development opportunities for creative graduates in the region.

Through their partnership with The University of Lincoln and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, they use the creation of their work as a platform for graduate development and retention.

Learning and development is at the heart of everything they do.

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Impulse Collective

Impulse Collective are a professional theatre company challenging the modern boundaries of theatre to create new and exciting work. They combined during their Actor training at The School of The Arts, Northampton University in May 2011 and formed professionally from September 2012. Creating fast paced theatre, their work has been described as 'joyful, youthful, masterfully built' (FringeGuru). The collective use large amounts of verbatim, comedy, autobiography and projection, which is often used in experimental ways with exciting physical theatre.

As well as National Touring, Impulse Collective are also dedicated to talent development within young and vulnerable people. They have toured one of their productions Riot to schools and youth centres in the East Midlands as well as curating workshops for colleges and young deaf people. In 2013 they worked with New Perspectives Artistic Director, Jack Mcnamara, to workshop and create a new children's show based on the writings of Tagore. The company's big success in 2013 was taking their newly reconstructed show Exposed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.

In 2014, they were awarded two Arts Council England grants to Research and Develop a new production, The Canterbury Tales. So far, it has been showcased at Curve Leicester's Inside-out festival (first commission), Redbridge Drama Centre and New Diorama Theatre. They have also recently worked on two other Arts Council funded projects - On Road with Lisa Byrne and Down in One with Sally Cook.

Impulse Collective are currently based in Leicester where they devise, rehearse, and create workshops. They are the winners of the Emerging Companies Scheme by Ideastap and New Diorama Theatre. They were supported & mentored by New Perspectives Theatre Company as part of the STEP UP Companies scheme 2013. More recently, they were awarded the title of one of Curve Leicester’s ‘Breakthrough companies’ which sees them work with the Midlands largest producing theatre to develop skills as well as have regular access to experienced industry professionals and space to develop new work (May 2015). They are Produced by Dep Arts Ltd.

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Jack A.G. Britton

Jack A.G. Britton is a performance and theatre maker based in Leicester. His solo practice uses innovative methods and a variety of mediums to explore his subject matter. Often Jack's work explores themes of architecture, memory, childhood and nostalgia.

Jack has performed his work at many festivals and platforms including Hatch, Pulse Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has worked and collaborated with other artists including Michael Pinchbeck and What's The Big Mistry.

Having graduated with his MA in Performance Making from De Montfort University in 2013 Jack has developed his practice and is currently working on two solo performance projects. Jack is also a founding member of emerging performance platform Tetrad.

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PAD (Positive About Deafness)

Founded by Emily Howlett and Lara Steward, PAD (Positive About Deafness) Productions was a direct response to the shocking lack of support and promotion available to deaf creative professionals in the mainstream sectors. PAD are all about bringing a new positivity to the perception of deaf people in arts and media.

PAD Productions create in-house and commissioned productions (theatre and film), and provide a Deaf consultancy service to all mainstream sectors.

Through exceptionally high-quality projects, they are consistently working towards raising awareness of issues, achievements and, most importantly, talent within the community.

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Zoo Indigo

Zoo Indigo is an Anglo-German contemporary performance company based in Nottingham, founded by Rosie Garton and Ildiko Rippel. They have created performance work since 2002, touring regionally, nationally and internationally. The company have devised many multidisciplinary performance works in collaboration with artists from a variety of disciplines, and produced a range of forms of work, including theatre-based performances, street interventions and interactive site-specific projects.

The performance work tends to stem from exploration with autobiography from performers and audience, with a focus on the innovative integration of digital technologies. With the use of humour, popular music and the reprocessing of cultural texts, (often iconic film images), the company juxtaposes the banalities of the everyday with the extraordinary.

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