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SPARK Supported artists at Pegasus

We have been supporting new and emerging artists for nearly 30 years. Theatre de Complicite started here as did Peepolykus, The Right Size, Network of Stuff and Gelede Dance.

The support of artists has always been an essential part of Pegasus’ DNA. We support both emerging artists looking to find a foothold in the industry, and more established artists, keen to push the boundaries of their work. We offer both artistic and organisational support, desk space, performance and scratch opportunities as well as, simply, time and space to think and create.

Pegasus was among the first to identify and support the emergence of Bawren Tavaziva’s work…. It’s an important organisation, not just for the people of Oxford and the region, but nationally for artists and companies (Tavaziva Dance)

SPARK offers up to ten artists/companies, producers and writers a one year programme of structured support. Tailored specifically to the needs of each, opportunities include free space for rehearsals and R&D to create new work, advice and mentoring in producing, marketing and fundraising. The following companies are currently supported in this way;

Strictly Balti 100Saikat Ahamed An actor turned playwright, looking to further his writing. Will be appearing in Strictly Balti at Pegasus this autumn (9/10 Oct), a show he’s also written.
Plan for this year: Looking to develop writing for larger casts, with advice on this from Jonathan. Also looking to develop more solo work, engaging with young people to produce exciting, challenging work for them as a target audience, but also work that they could be part of.

DumbshowDumbshow An ensemble theatre company that works both devising and adapting stories for the stage with a focus on exploring the human condition. Formed by Artistic Director Mike Bryher
Plan for this year: to develop, with input from young people at Pegasus, a new play for the teenage/ young adult audience called Moon which tells the story of a young boy who is finding his sense of place and identity.

Flintlock A theatre company making accessible, exhilarating shows! Formed by Anna Glynn and Robin Colyer
Plans for this year: Touring Don Q, a theatrical reimagining of Cervantes’ classic text Don Quixote exploring the power of friendship and the value of good deeds. Looking for networking opportunities, venue support and would like to engage with Pegasus Youth Theatre – potentially running a movement workshop. Robin will also be the associate director and movement director for ‘The Snow Queen’.

Ellen Havard An emerging theatre director
Plan for this year: to develop a new show taking inspiration from the Raggle Taggles a piece of folklore that explores women’s liberation. Also interested in working further with the CLT team with a potential focus on workshops on Shakespeare for young people.

Resolution-2013-0273Joe Lott Dance  A contemporary dance artist/choreographer committed to making engaging, striking dance with a strong sense of physicality.
Plan for this year: to develop a new piece called Tender mixing dance and film with a week of rehearsal in the studio.  Continue to develop Alpha – staged at Pegasus last year. Develop the business and fundraising element of the company. Read Joe’s latest blog here

LunabugLunabug A theatre company committed to making high quality theatre for family audiences. Formed by Beth Caudle.
Plans for this year: to develop ‘Elcha’ a new show about a headstrong girl who runs away with her true love. Would like to involve young people at Pegasus in a half day of workshop to share material and get their opinions on the stage environment.


Reuben Massiah An emerging playwright
Plan for this year: working towards a rehearsed reading of a new play: Chips and Football, tackling issues of racism, xenophobia and Islamaphobia in modern society. Also crafting a writing workshop to engage young people with the politics and topics of discussion in the play.

Sole-rebel-tap-wonky-new-2Sole Rebel Tap (Hannah De Cancho) Artistic Director of Sole Rebel Tap, a tap dance company that works to create original performances that are fresh and vibrant.
Plans this year: to develop a new show collaborating with funk/jazz musicians to tour to festivals. Also interested in working with young people at Pegasus to develop a new piece of work based on body percussion and tap dance.

Wild Boor Ideas Emma Boor is a puppeteer, maker, actress and writer for children’s Theatre. She performs weekly at The Pegasus in ‘Play The World’ a creative journey for the under fives, spreading comedy puppet joy.

This year Emma will perform four of her shows as part of ‘Pegasus’s Funday sunday, Puppets Go Wild’ including her new show ‘The Peanut Butter Pirates’. She will also be working on a collaborative adaptation of Mini Greys book ‘Traction Man’. Her first book ‘Bin Goblins’ is available on Amazon and is published by Oxford University Press


For more information on our supported artists, or to find out what Pegasus can offer you as an emerging company or artist, contact Pegasus’ by email or Download this file.







These are the artists and companies that have recently been supported by Pegasus:

AnaMorphic Dance Theatre (Emma Webb) is a dance theatre company formed at the beginning of 2012. Core members are Emma Webb and Georgina Dean. AnaMorphic produce high quality performance work, both site specific and in theatres. For each project they work with different dancers, actors, musicians or technicians creating work that has an original flavour and a flexible working process.

Body Politic Dance (EmJ Greig) is a professional company based in Oxford. Body Politic specialises in hosting dance classes, workshops and events with some of the most inspirational and talented artists from within the UK and Internationally. Body Politic aim to inspire the next generation and unite the dance community.

: DELIRIUM :  is a London-based theatre company made up of an ever evolving ensemble of artists from many disciplines and a variety of backgrounds. Since early 2009 they have been exploring the driving force behind human choices, behaviour and relationships. Their mission is to use seeds from everyday life to create characters who tell fast, highly physical, energetic, real and honest stories.

Gonzo Moose Theatre Company Since exploding onto the scene in 2000, Gonzo Moose has become renowned for its accessible brand of stage comedy which combines improvisation, music, physical theatre and clowning. The company was founded by Artistic Director Mark Conway (Cal MacCrystal, Fluxx Theatre and Ken Campbell) and has always had a focus on visually exciting stage comedy.

Kepow Theatre Company formed in 1991 (by Kevin Tomlinson and Paul Jenkins, whilst they were studying for their Drama Degrees at Hull University), Kepow are now one of Europe’s leading improvisation and mask-based theatre companies.

Kuumba Nia Arts (Amantha Edmead) are a theatre company working with stories from the Black experience. Fusing storytelling, movement, song and dance with historical and contemporary research from the Black Diaspora. Exploring rituals of the past to give voice to parables of the present.

Macamu (Hannah Rhodes) is a collective of musicians who specialise in music for children. Playing lots of different instruments and spanning many musical styles.

Paper Balloon Theatre Company  is an original story telling theatre company for young people. Paper Balloon is a child-focused organisation. Their work is supported by contemporary research into young people’s development and the combined expertise of the companies’ work with young people in the arts and education sectors.

Paulette Maes work usually begins as a dream, or of this quality leading to performances that interface dance with text, visual art, music…wherever the idea seeks its expression.

Tim Chittenden is a Brookes graduate, and the recent recipient of the Oxford Brookes University Pegasus Drama Prize. Pegasus will mentor and support the prize winner to enable them to develop as an arts practitioner in a community setting from September 2013 to July 2014. Tim is a lover of devised theatre, keen script writer and interested in turning the ‘author’ into the ‘character’.