BOLDMakers 2023

BOLD Theatre has created BOLD Makers, an award for theatre companies to develop an existing idea whose work mainly stems from devising. Our inaugural year was a huge success and saw 3 companies take over BOLD for a week. This award was set in motion to celebrate theatre devisers and collaborators. 

Each company received: 

1 week of rehearsal space & a sharing. 

A short film created and edited with videographer Will Hazell

Disability Equality training workshop with John Kelly 

Workshop on embedding access creatively into work with Ben Wilson

Support from Hannah Quigley (Bold’s Artist for Change)

A specialised mentor for each company / artist throughout the project

We are delighted to share with you the beautiful films created by our winning companies. These films work as a trailer for the work they developed as part of BOLD Makers and were filmed in BOLD Elephant.

mandla - Category Mistake (working title)


“The support from the BOLD team in access workshops was also incredible, it was great to connect with the facilitators and I felt really supported by the BOLD associates during the week as well as the sessions provided by my mentor in throwing ideas around and being able to chat about what’s going on in my head – as a solo practitioner it can get really lonely. The residency has been really influential in my thinking of where I want my work to sit and thinking outside of the traditional Black Box. I also really loved the element of making a short piece to film which will be really helpful in the development of the piece and sending it to funders/commissioners in the future. I really appreciate the thought, time and care that went into all elements of the residency and I hope this opportunity will be made possible for future makers.”

Emergency Chorus - All The Barometers in the World (working title)


“…the best bit was being told to be DIY, hack it, make things accessible in fun & different ways. We’re going to open-caption our new show (plus our old touring show this Autumn) & look into building audio description into the new show as well.”

Calico - Curfew (re-development & working title)


“BOLD Makers was a unique, amazing opportunity to take time to play and explore our ideas in a supporting and nurturing environment, with no deadlines or expectations. It really felt like the space was ours for the week, and that we weren’t guests, which really helped us to feel confident and settled throughout the week…Having an Artist for Change in the building was really useful. Like the BOLD Associates team, it was great to know that the Artist for Change was there and able to help us when we wanted/needed it.”

Our Mentors for BOLD Makers 2023.

Supported by the London Borough of Southwark Culture Together Grants. The aim of the fund is to promote equity and address representation within the cultural sector in Southwark
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