The Albany and ARC Announce Two New £40k Christmas Commissions

ARC Stockton and the Albany, Deptford are seeking to commission two new Christmas shows for children aged 3 – 7. Each show will be presented in one venue in 2019, and then in the other venue in 2020.

We’re confident this approach allows us to bring work of the highest quality to our family audiences at Christmas

The commission packages include £40,000 cash funding plus wrap-around in-kind support. They seek to support two companies to make exciting and diverse Christmas shows which have a wide appeal to local primary schools, nurseries and family audiences in both South East London and the North East.

Each successful company will make and present a new show, in one venue in 2019 and the other in 2020, delivering up to 50 performances in December 2019 and December 2020.

Gavin Barlow, Chief Executive at the Albany said: "Following the success of our initial commissions for 2017, we’re confident this approach allows us to bring work of the highest quality to our family audiences at Christmas. The first commissions from tutti frutti and Nearly There Yet in association with Proteus allowed us to show exciting, original and excellent work to our audiences in December 2017 and to champion companies capable of making that work."

Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive at ARC, Stockton Arts Centre said: "We’re looking for companies with experience of making work for families that will consider the local audiences to both venues when making the work. We’re excited by companies who make work that’s accessible to as many people as possible and that reflects the diversity of 21st century Britain."

Find out more about the venues and the commissions at www.thealbany.org.uk or www.arconline.co.uk.

Photo credit: tutti frutti’s Ugly Duckling. Photos by Brian Slater.