Artistic individuals and companies with whom we work to develop and create high quality inclusive new work and reach diverse audiences.
Creative Associates – Individuals
Tom Adams is a performer and composer who uses live music in every production he creates. He is interested in the crossover between live music and theatre - Gig Theatre and has made 2 theatre shows (Still Score, Howl at the Moon) that explore this. 5 years ago, he was a musical comedian on the alternative comedy circuit and this informs his performance style of confessional and the personal mixed with humour. He is now working on a new Gig Theatre show with Lillian Henley, performer and composer with 1927 Theatre Company about sleep talking, using over 300 recordings of him talking in his sleep.
Alison has been running dance classes with Attenborough Arts Centre since 2012, everything from Tiny Dancer for children through to Ballestics and Ballroom Boogie for adults, plus the increasingly popular Baby Discos.
My qualifications have been taken with the IDTA in Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft, Freestyle and Dance Exercise, plus I have trained as an Instructor of Zumba, FitSteps, Ballestics and Kimble's. Later this year I will be taking on the Funky Feet Music License.
I love sharing my love for dance with people of all ages and abilities and working to create fun sessions that we can enjoy together!
Jack A. G. Britton creates performance work that often engages with contemporary practices and interdisciplinary media. He is particularly interested in comedy, spoken word and devised theatre. His practice focuses on space, architecture and the audience, often with some an autobiographical through line. He combines elements of storytelling, low-fi technology and physicality to create informal and contemplative work.
Jack’s a performer who has experience with other companies. He is currently performing in Lapelle’s Factory’s new work Desperado.
Jack has three completed performances (1.9, I Used to Hear Footsteps and Jack Britton’s Greatest Hits (Debut Album)) and two still in the early stages of development (Not to be borrowed and MIGHTY). Jack is a founding member of Tetrad and an associate artist with In Good Company.
Olwen Davies is a performance maker, artist, writer and actor. Olwen collaborates with performance companies and artists along side making solo work. Olwen is also co-artisitc director of the theatre company LaPelle's Factory; a graduate of the associate scheme with In Good Company, an associate with Attenborough Arts Centre and represented by Little Mighty.
Olwen has devised and performed original work since 2009. With an interest in the repossession of cultural images on screen, comedy and the uses of recorded and live moments in performance, Olwen creates work that explores the audience’s relationship with image and with each other.
Doug Deans is a performer, musician and theatre maker, based in the East Midlands. Doug is a regular performer in Leicester. He is head of new-work company Put The Book Down, and his work has been performed at venues such as The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Mac Birmingham, and The Arts Theatre, West End. Doug’s first play will be performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he is currently writing the music for the touring family shows The Nose that Nobody Picked by David Parkin and Origins by Enter Edem Theatre Company.
Doug has just started work on his second play, with a view of taking it on tour.
Katherine Hall is a dance artist and creative producer working in Bristol and across the UK. In Katherine's performance practice she is exploring the interplay and joining forces of movement and voice through choreographic structures to create live performance and negotiate everyday situations. Within choreographic and social environments, Katherine is particularly concerned with the fragility of the individual and collective body, seeking to present situations that offer up different modes and forms of being and acting together.
Katherine's first solo work 'Fill in the___', an interactive lecture has been performed at Attenborough Arts Centre, New Walk Museum, Phoenix Leicester, UK Young Artist's Festival 2014 and at the BJCEM Young Mediterranean Biennial in Milan in October 2015. Her performance installation 'Volver' was performed at Dance4 Nottdance Festival 2015.
As a producer, Katherine delivers performance platforms and professional development opportunities through Tetrad, as well as freelance producing for independent choreographers and performance makers. She is a member of Interval, an artist-led support network based in Bristol.
Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. His practice spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. His dance practice is concerned with release and improvisation. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Frank Willens, Rosemary Lee and Florence Peake. Lewys also practices stand-up comedy and has performed extensively as part of the Leicester-based comedy trio Conversation Garden. In 2015 he secured funding to make a solo show titled Of, Or At A Fairly Low Temperature. Lewys is also a founding member of the ACE funded contemporary performance collective Tetrad.
Seetal Kaur Dhadyalla
Seetal is a Kathak dance artist training under Smt. Aditi Sen. She learned Bharatanatyam from Devika Rao for five years and started Kathak with Amina Khayyam in 2012 while studying BA Linguistics at UCL. Since then she has toured nationally and internationally with Amina Khayyam Dance Company's acclaimed adaptation of Lorca's 'Yerma' and been involved in many performances and projects.
She is an experienced workshop leader and engaged people in Indian classical dance from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Seetal is currently focusing on training and hopes to perform, collaborate and share her experience in dance with others in the near future.
Priya Mistry (U.K) Multidisciplinary Artist and performer working at the juncture of Dance, Theatre & Visual Arts. Graduating from De Montfort University, BA Hons Dance and Theatre, supplementary studies in Film & Photography.
Mistry’s practice explores inventive approaches and methodologies in the making of performance, live works and social practices. Her movement practice is focused on making experimental enquiries about being in process with the body and unpredictable choreographies.
Daniel Nicholas is a comedian and creative producer based in Leicester. As an alternative stand up, his sets and routines take form of an interactive experience from games right through to unusual one liners. Achieving critical acclaim Daniel received multiple nominations for his debut show Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin) including ‘Best Debut’ in Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2015, amongst others.
As a producer, Daniel is part of the artist led collective Tetrad, as well as regularly putting on immersive and interdisciplinary comedy events, that range from dance (D.A.N.C.E) to cinema (Commentary). www.danielnicholas.co.uk
After discovering the piano and leaving arts organisation, metro-boulot-dodo, David has created all his work in partnership with Attenborough Arts. Good Friday, his 'clinical depression concept album show', toured England and Canada. His memoir, ‘Tea Bags, Soap, Be Normal’ deals with recovering from a brain injury, unrequited love, depression and the joy of discovering music. For his latest project he revisited a children’s book he wrote as a young man. The musical ‘The Nose that Nobody Picked’ will be touring autumn 2016 and promises be an international hit.
He is brain injured, short, bi-polar and ginger … but a good kisser.
Caroline Rowland is a Leicester based inclusive dance artist with an intrigue for creativity, collaboration, improvisation, and education. With a first class degree in Dance from DMU, Caroline works in the inclusive arts sector and specialises within dance education for people with learning disabilities.
Underpinning all that Caroline does is the value that all people have the right to access and benefit from dance as she uses her inclusive approach to teaching to include and welcome all. Caroline’s investigating into contact improvisation as led to her starting the first Leicester Contact Improvisation Jams at the Attenborough Arts Centre.
Ollie Smith is an artist, performer and theatre-maker based in Nottingham (UK). He makes contemporary performance work, sometimes on his own, and sometimes with others. Ollie is one half of the creative partnership LaPelle’s Factory. The other half is Olwen Davies. Ollie has collaborated with various artists and companies as a deviser, a performer, a writer, an outside-eye, a producer and a manager. He tours nationally and internationally.
Ollie has received funding and commissions, platforms and development opportunities from Arts Council England, In Good Company (Derby/Leicester/Mansfield), Hatch (Nottingham), Emerge (Leeds), circuit (Leicester), Theatre Writing Partnership (Nottingham), NewVolutions (Lincoln) and Compass (Leeds).
Lucy Stevens’ art practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment; in particular the songs of birds in the UK as a method to showcase the value of nature by making their songs visible through field recording, music, video, digital illustration, drawing and printmaking.
Her practice explores the aesthetic and tangible relationship between humans and nature, including the fragility of nature and our dependence on it. Recent commissions include notations of bird vocalisations, including a register of over 50 songs and calls of UK birds and a collection of monoprints to visualise the pitch, speed and volume of the vocalisations of birds. ‘The Red Species List’, was a collaboration with musicians to produce a concert of music, prints and video inspired by field recordings featuring the songs of endangered bird species in the UK.
Hannah is a playwright and theatre director based in Leicester. She trained in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and works as a freelance practitioner for a number of local venues, including Curve and Attenborough Arts. She is a regular director with Leicester Theatre Group as well as creating her own work.
Hannah’s writing varies from gritty realism to epic fantasy, particularly enjoying traditional tales and work with a message. Her first play She is being staged at The Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton in 2017 and her current work in progress Roulette has received fantastic feedback following a week of development at AAC.
Louise White makes devised theatre with participation at its heart. Passionate about theatre without a forth-wall, Louise’s work is highly interactive – producing works that create a sense of community within her audiences. With a mix of autobiography, social contexts, and a pinch of the ridiculous, she conjures up fun experiences that are all about breaking down social boundaries. Louise is also an educator, teaching theatre and drama to all ages. Graduating from Dartington College of Arts in 2012, Louise has carried on their ethos of collaboration and social justice throughout her professional practice.
Creative Associates – Companies
Big Difference Company is an independent cultural charity based in Leicester, working across the UK. The charity has produced the annual Leicester Comedy Festival every February since 1994 and seeks to make the event as inclusive as possible. With over 800 events in 67 venues across 19 days, the festival is a significant platform for organisations, performers and others to showcase their work and raise their profile. Comedians and performers can benefit from increased profile by appearing at the festival, as Leicester Comedy Festival is increasingly seen as being “one of the big events on the UK comedy calendar” The Guardian
La Pelles Factory
LaPelle's Factory make weird theatre. They laugh at themselves and pick on each other – and anyone who’s up for being a bit disturbed and/or a bit delighted is invited to clock-in and get down and dirty. Their shows are flights of fancy that tear up what is and take a punt on what could be. They re-imagine and recycle, tying themselves in knots and trying not to over-think it. They question expectations, relationships and modern ideals – and, with the use of dark humour, relatable stories and some modest multimedia, they aim to entertain, tease and cause a bit of trouble.
LaPelle’s Factory is the creative partnership between theatre makers Olwen Davies & Ollie Smith. They are Company-in-Residence at Attenborough Arts Centre. They are alumni of the Associate Companies scheme run by In Good Company. They are produced by LittleMighty.
PAD (Positive About Deafness) Ltd is a production company headed up by two Deaf professional artists; Emily Howlett and Lara Steward. We develop projects and performances that are fully inclusive to audiences and participants, while also promoting Deaf and disabled artists. We believe in breaking down the barriers between Deaf and disabled individuals and mainstream companies and productions. We also devise and deliver fully inclusive workshops, around themes of access, the arts and CPD. It is our remit that everyone involved in any aspect of PAD feels equal, included and has fun!
Turned on its Head
Turned on its Head makes exciting participatory theatre for early years, taking children on a creative journey, engaging audiences throughout its performances and encouraging lots of family interaction. Everything in Sponge can be made at home so there's plenty more fun to be had after leaving.
VALUES is a Leicestershire based organisation that helps people with a learning disability to use their Personal Budget to get the support they want.
We help people to be more independent, have fun, learn new skills, make new friends and even help people find a job or volunteer. One of our many sessions is a weekly Tea Dance based at Attenborough Arts Centre. We have been running this since 2013.l As well as supporting people directly we have opened it up as a drop-in club which people can come to independently or with their own support.
Zoo Indigo are a two woman Anglo-German performance company based in Nottingham, founded by Ildiko Rippel and Rosie Garton. They create multi-media theatre that uses humour as a mechanism to explore the realities of unimaginable experiences. The duo often uses a bi-lingual approach to examine cultural identity, themes of displacement and home, alongside their own experiences of motherhood. Their most recent work ‘No Woman’s Land’ follows the footsteps of Ildiko’s grandmother who in 1945, expelled from her place of birth, walked 220 miles across Europe with her children belongings in a cart. Since 2002, the company has toured regionally, nationally and internationally.