SPARK supported artist programme

Pegasus is committed to supporting creative works with, for, and by young people through the SPARK supported artist programme.


Over the course of a year, we provide artists and companies bespoke support to cultivate new ideas across an array of creative disciplines.

How we support artists:

  • Rehearsal space
  • Fundraising & marketing support
  • Artist development sessions
  • Performance and programming opportunities

Applications for SPARK are currently closed and will open again soon.

Artist Spotlight

Richard Chappell Dance

We became Spark Artists to develop and tour our first full length work At the end we begin in 2018. Since then, our ensemble has gone from strength to strength, embarking on two years of national touring with the production, alongside the creation of our latest show Still Touch, which we recently performed at Pegasus Theatre with support from the venue and Dancing’ Oxford Festival.

Pegasus is a rare and special theatre, whose vision for supporting artists feels rooted wholeheartedly in both their local community and in fostering artists to push themselves, with warmth and generosity. The staff, theatre and audiences are immensely dear to me.

Clown Funeral

We have developed two shows since becoming SPARK artists: Things We Chose To Save and A Pattern Of Bad Behaviour. We have toured the first and have begun the tour for the second.

Two of our members were born and bred in Oxford and were heavily involved in Pegasus’ youth programmes; we have a deep love for the theatre and the opportunities it has afforded us. Pegasus is like a hometown in many ways and for those of us who had no prior association with Oxford or Pegasus, it feels like we’ve been adopted into the family.

Clown Funeral provides quirky, pithy theatre by examining human characters in weird situations or worlds. We love approaching serious and sometimes difficult topics with levity and sometimes sardonic humour, to shine a light on the multifaceted nature of the topics we tackle; nothing is ever simple.

Current SPARK artists

Robyn Olivia

Robyn Olivia

Puppetry and Devising

Robyn is a theatre maker and puppeteer. A recent graduate from Rose Bruford College’s European Theatre Arts degree, she uses a combination of storytelling, movement, clown and puppetry to create work that is forward thinking, accessible and inclusive inspired by the communities it was built within.



Musical Theatre

leo&hyde is a multi-award-winning musical theatre duo set up in 2016 by Stephen Hyde and Leo Mercer, after meeting at the University of Oxford. We create electronic-pop musicals, expanding the possibilities of 21st century musical theatre.

Hannah Greenstreet

Hannah Greenstreet


Hannah is a playwright based in Oxford. She has developed her writing through Soho Writers’ Lab, the North Wall Arts Centre’s TheatreCraft residency, Spread the Word’s Pow! scheme, and Ovalhouse Adult Company. She is also Reviews Co-Editor for Exeunt Magazine and is studying for a PhD in feminist theatre at the University of Oxford.

Thomas Page Dances

Thomas Page Dances

Contemporary Dance

Founded in April 2016, Thomas Page Dances is a contemporary dance company presenting the work of artistic director Thomas Page. The company’s work is rooted in socio-political ideas, creating dialogues with their audiences and collaborators through the universality of the physical language.

Pegasus’ energy and belief gave me the boost I needed to apply for funding; their space and financial support helped me to get it.”

Rachel Betts, SPARK Artist 2018-19 


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