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Associate Artists

About Associate Artists

The Lowry has a history of developing close working relationships with artists and companies who are making exciting, ground-breaking work which we believe in.

Our Associate Artist programme creates bespoke support packages in response to the needs and ambitions of each participant, and usually includes holistic support, both financial and personal, commissioning work and mentoring from our team.

However, in light of our industry’s recent challenges, and knowing that Associate company-venue relationships are often encumbered by an imbalance of power, we are committing to a new Associate Artist approach in which the emphasis will be on developing a true, balanced partnership between artist and venue.

By democratising the relationship and ensuring that both parties are making contributions, directing the support and being heard in the conversation, artists and venues are empowered and supported by each other, as they should be.

We want to collaborate with and invest in members of the artistic community who are serious about facing and problem-solving our changed industry during and post-COVID, together.

We’ve already developed a relationship with the first of these, The Letter Room, who will help us understand the needs of artists making new musical theatre, and we’ll be looking to build relationships with artists who can help us understand other areas of experience in the months ahead.

Who is it for?

Experienced mid-career artists and companies who are confident in their practice and their artistic voice, and who want to invest time and effort in a relationship with a venue in order to develop themselves and the industry at large.

Meet the Artists


POLICE COPS are Zachary Hunt, Nathan Parkinson and Tom Roe; a three man multi award-winning, globally acclaimed comedy group based in London.

With a shared vision of creating highly physical, highly entertaining and even highlyer clever comedy, POLICE COPS have enjoyed TOTAL SELL OUT runs at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) and on London’s West End at Soho Theatre.

POLICE COPS create highly playful performances which combine inventive physical storytelling with their own brand of off-the-wall comedy. Parody and satire are centred at the heart of their productions, where they integrate with dynamic stagecraft, supercharged physical theatre and cinematic style.

The Associate Artist relationship includes support the making of POLICE COPS THE MUSICAL.

USA, 1985: Rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson joined the force to protect, serve, and avenge his sister’s death…

But now Jimmy’s in deep, partnered up with a disgraced, renegade Police Cop and leaned on by a racist Chief. With guns loaded and safety catches off, Jimmy’s on a freewheeling adventure from the mean streets of America to the back-alleys of Mexico – where destiny awaits in the form of grizzled Mexican ex-Police Cop Juanita Gonzalez.

Multi-award-winners Police Cops present a cinematic musical comedy blockbuster full of grit, guns and uncompromising facial hair – all set to a blasting 80s power-pop soundtrack. Featuring an expanded ensemble, original songs and a live band, their unique physical comedy mayhem is supercharged for their most ambitious show yet.

Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre. Co-commissioned by The Lowry and New Wolsey Theatre.

“With Police Cops The Musical we’re really pushing ourselves to the limit. We’re challenging ourselves in new and exciting ways to develop something unlike anything we’ve ever done before. It’s a big step up. We can’t wait to show it to you!”Police Cops

Twitter: @Policecops_

Instagram: @policecopsofficial

Facebook: policecopscomedy


The Letter Room

The Letter Room is a national touring company from the North East working with actor-musicians to create fearless, original musical theatre.

Previous work includes: No Miracles Here, Five Feet in Front: The Ballad of Little Johnnie Wylo, Bonenkai, The Man Who Thought the Moon Would Fall Out of the Sky. They also run ‘Club Bonenkai’ an immersive cabaret which combines theatre, music, and speakeasy with a night at the pub.

Our work has been made with and supported by The Lowry, Northern Stage, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shoreditch Town Hall, New Wolsey and the mental health charity Mind.

The Associate Artist relationship includes supporting The Letter Room with company development and R&D’s of new work.

“We have always had a special relationship with The Lowry, we were a Developed With Artist in 2015, and it feels wonderful to now be Associate Artists. Their support is giving us an opportunity to focus on company development, sustainability and upscaling our work.”The Letter Room

Twitter: @TheLetterRoom