The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, under the artistic directorship of David Brady, has today announced the theatre-makers who have been appointed as 2020 associate artists and will receive support to create and produce new work at the Kentish Town venue in its second year since reopening.
Proforca Theatre Company continue as the managing, in-house company at the theatre following successes in 2019 with the critically acclaimed Feel, Feel More and the OffWestEnd OffComm and London Pub Theatre nominated At Last, which premiered at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre this past September, as part of its re-opening year, and returns by popular demand tomorrow (3 December 2019) for a further week’s run.
Proforca is founded by David Brady and in 2020 will present two new pieces of work alongside two new associate artists who will be announced shortly.
Of the other associates announced today:
- Fight or Flight Productions return to the theatre following a highly successful and critically acclaimed run of performances of Like You Hate Me by TE Lodge which were an integral part of the theatre’s opening season in 2019. Fight or Flight Productions are made up of Jess Barton and Ross Kernahan.
- Jack Albert Cook is named writer in residence, following his successful runs of work in Feel More (2019) and also his highly successful LGBTQ+ work in the creation of Fast Love for Stupid Love Theatre. Jack will debut his second piece of work at the theatre in the year to come. He will also assist with development of some of the theatre’s literary and writing submissions programme in 2020.
- Chalk Line Productions are named new Associate Artists. The company is led by Sam Edmunds and has presented award-nominated and well-received show Testament and forthcoming The Nobodies by Amy Guyler at the Vault Festival. Chalk Line have worked with The Hope Theatre, taken Testament on a UK tour and with the New Diorama Theatre.
- Fresh from Camden Fringe, and their surrealist comedy EUAN, Chewboy Productions join the Lion & Unicorn to create brand new work for 2020. Chewboy Productions are Georgie Bailey and Hal Darling. They have previously had their work performed at Camden Fringe, Tristan Bates Theatre, Chichester Festival Spiegeltent and Brighton Fringe.
- Sycorax Collective are Holli Dillon and Kim Scopes. They made work that challenges taboos with a mixture of storytelling, clowning, physical theatre and puppetry. Blue, which they performed at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in 2019, was critically acclaimed and nominated for London Pub Theatres Standing Ovation Award.
- Far Cry Theatre return to the Lion & Unicorn Theatre as fully-fledged Associate Artists. Far Cry are Gabrielle Nellis-Pain and Claire Lowrie. They create work that melds theatre and art in different mediums, which includes working with a wide range of comedians, musicians, writers, directors and actors.
Lion & Unicorn artistic director David Brady said today:
“Our Associate Artists represent some of the most exciting fringe theatre-makers that London has to offer. And all of them, in their own distinctive way, have contributed to a brilliant opening year at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre.
“With a new year comes new challenges, and welcoming back these brilliant artists as fully-fledged associates for 2020 allows each of them to receive the support and facilities of the Lion & Unicorn to create brave, brand-new work that will thrill our audiences as well as tell the best stories from the worlds of their awesome imaginations. It’s a brilliant squad of the loveliest people, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!”