SPARK | Performance Lab | R&D
Pegasus specialises in the support and incubation of new and emerging companies and artists – a seedbed for new talent. Pegasus takes a particular interest in artists and work that is not represented within existing ‘mainstream’ provision. We promote work that pushes the boundaries of theatrical practice from a diverse community of artists and cultures with & for young audiences. We support the development of young emerging and developing artists and companies, providing opportunities for training, creative and artistic expression. This support has helped launch the careers of individuals and companies that have gone on to influence the British and international theatre scene (eg: Complicite, The Right Size, Peepolykus & Tavaziva).
Pegasus is also a pioneer, a leader in the field of participatory arts, creating opportunities for young people to work alongside professional artists with an inclusive approach. We have a track record for delivering high quality, accessible and inspiring activities that encourage people to take part in the arts. The Pegasus supported artist programme for new and emerging artists & companies provides the space and skills development needed to turn their ideas into reality. The year long programme will provide bespoke support for artists based on their individual needs.
- SPARK: (1 year) Supporting theatre artists at the early stages of development to cultivate new ideas through research and production, with access to Pegasus’ facilities, advice (creative, marketing, fundraising) and youth networks.
- Pegasus Performance Lab: (1 – 2 weeks) Pegasus Performance Lab provides a unique opportunity for professional companies to collaborate with young performers & theatre makers to catalyse new and innovative ideas.
- R&D: (1 week) Providing the time & resources to explore ideas and develop work, with access to office and rehearsal space.
SPARK Artists 2017-18
Clown Funeral is based in the West Midlands. We devise darkly comic shows from unusual stimuli, exploring human corners of inhuman worlds. Our style is rooted in physicality, incorporating clowning, mime and audaciously non-naturalistic staging. Our speculative storytelling blends devising and new writing, seeking to find the everyday in the absurd. We collaborate on writing our shows, through a loop of workshopping, individually writing scenes and developing until we reach a cohesive whole.
The Murderer is our second show, having toured the UK from Edinburgh to Cambridge to Coventry, following Mr Poe’s Legendarium at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. We are an associate artist of the New Diorama theatre in London, having completed their graduate emerging companies’ scheme in 2016/17.’
“We are immensely looking forward to developing our third show, ‘8 More Chances To See You’, as part of the SPARK artists programme, as well as sharing our practice with the young people at Pegasus. Pegasus is an amazing venue and it is a real thrill for us to be asked to work with them over the next year.”
Holly&Ted is an ongoing collaboration between artists Holly Norrington and Teddy Lamb who created the company out of a desire to bring fun and accessible feminist theatre into the community, with a particular interest in the presentation of work in smaller community settings. Our debut show Pond Wife was toured to a number of festivals and rural touring venues including Brighton Fringe, Camden Fringe, Illuminate Festival, Carn to Cove & Oxford Pegasus and received 4 and 5 star reviews following its successful run at Underbelly Cowgate at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“We are delighted to be working with Pegasus to develop our new show ‘Polaris’. It is such a special place. We remember visiting as children and being so inspired by the activities and opportunities that Pegasus had to offer. Returning as a Spark Supported Artist to develop not only our own work but the work of budding and emerging theatre makers is going to be an incredible opportunity to be part of something that has already given so much to its community.”
Originally from Oxford with her first commission from Paines Plough: Come to Where I’m From at the Oxford Playhouse. She has gone on to write for numerous theatres and has been supported by various writers groups such as the: Royal Court, HighTide Festival Theatre, North Wall ArtsLab and Sphinx Theatre. She also collaborates and is one of the co-founders of Bad Host Theatre.
“I hope put a tour together of a show that I believe deserves an audience and resonates with our times. I also plan to use the space, time and support of the Pegasus to develop and share new ideas, projects and get inspired by other artists. This is a chance to get work done, to share, develop and get a production up and running. I have a new home and it’s very exciting!
Emma Boor is a puppeteer, maker, actress and writer for children’s theatre. She performs weekly at Pegasus in ‘Play the World’; a creative journey for under 5’s, spreading comedy & puppet joy.
This year Emma will perform 6 shows as part of ‘Pegasus Theatre Presents: Puppets Go Wild’ including her brand new show ‘Hey Little Bird’. This Christmas Emma will make two versions of ‘Aladdin’ (a puppet pantomime) one for young children and families and one for audiences with Special Educational Needs and autism (showing at the JDP Music building).
Her two books ‘Sock Goblins’ and ‘Bin Goblins’ are published by Oxford University Press and are for sale on Amazon and at the Pegasus shop.
Karim Khan is an Oxford-based playwright and screenwriter, currently Writer on Attachment with the Oxford Playhouse. With a Channel 4 and Toledo scholarship, he is currently studying Screenwriting at the National Film and Television School. His work has been performed at the Old Fire Station, Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse, The Bunker and the Pleasance. He has also recently been selected for the 2017 Royal Court Writers group.
“With Pegasus Theatre, I hope to develop a full-length play on the growing presence of radicalisation in the UK, charting some of the ways impressionable young people fall victim to these ideologies and how best they can be prevented and resolved. We hope to take this play across secondary schools around the UK, following the model of Under My Skin. I also hope to develop new plays focussed on young people with invaluable dramaturgical and industrial support and guidance from Pegasus, as well as supporting the theatre with any local theatrical initiatives.”
A puppeteer, actor and theatre maker based in Gloucester. Elise is an associate artist of Strike A Light and has been making work supported by them for several years. Elise wrote and performed in the comedy solo show PASSPAWT gaining a five star review at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2017, this kick started Elise as an emerging artist focusing on solo performance. Elise has worked extensively with young people in theatre and finds energy and inspiration in them that fuels her performance work.
“Pegasus is an inspiring and vibrant venue, buzzing with the energy of young people whose voices are imprinted on the building. As a spark artist I feel privileged and excited to be able to work within this environment and hope that with Pegasus’s support I can create new works that engage and empower young people, opening up conversations about the spectrum of gender and supporting the wave of change.”
Morgan and West met whilst studying at Oxford, in the late nineteenth century. It was in that most reclining of seats of learning that the duo’s love of deception and legerdemain was born, and they would have been joined at the hip ever since, were it not for the vast discrepancy in the height of their pelvises. Soon Morgan and West were the hot ticket in every music hall, touring show and carnival of curiosities that the Empire (and its colonies) had to offer, but their big break was still to come…
…they became associate artists at Pegasus!
Morgan & West have been performing magic shows all over the UK and at festivals all over the world since 2009. Most recently they have appeared at Wilton’s Music Hall in London both in their own run of shows, ‘fooling’ Penn & Teller on ITV’s Penn & Teller : Fool Us, appearing on ITV’s the Next Great Magician and also performing for HRH Prince Charles and other such dignitaries.
Pegasus is delighted to be joined by Morgan & West in development of a very magic science show.
Be sure to catch them this Christmas at Pegasus for ‘A (Sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show’ from 5th – 24th December! Tickets: http://pegasustheatre.org.uk/our-shows
Interested in finding out more about our supported artist programme? Please contact Nadia Rich, Programmes Co-ordinator: email@example.com / 01865 812 163