Developed With is a year-long relationship with selected artists or companies. Each artist or company is given a bespoke timeline of mentorship and support in order to develop and present a brand new production at the end of the year.
Many of the Developed With shows go on to tour nationally and internationally and some even return to The Lowry to play in one of our bigger theatre spaces.
Sticky Digits Her debut show launched at the Greater Manchester Fringe and was then selected for HOME re:play festival. It has since appeared at the Lowry Studio, toured nationally and had a hugely successful run at Edinburgh Fringe 2017. With comparisons to Alan Partridge, Garth Marenghi and Julia Davis, Jenny has created a show which blends comedy satire, surreal storytelling with Microsoft PowerPoint. Alongside the show, Jenny has created an online world for the character. Pamela has her own website, youtube channel and social media accounts where she releases book covers, illustrations and video tutorials.
Pamela DeMenthe presents: EVULVAlution Jenny’s next show will be her second solo show and will mix film and live performance as we see Pamela attempt that difficult 29th novel, eVULVAlution: A time travelling prehistoric erotic story, set in Hull. But plagued by writers block and the burdening financial pressure of self-publishing, this novel may fall upon the audience to complete the ending.
With a background in jazz, ballet and contemporary dance he has trained at Lewisham College & London Contemporary Dance School and is mentored by Stuart Thomas and Bim Malcomson.
Dickson has won several choreographic awards and commissions: REVERB Award for Best Choreography 2015, MASDANZA Audience Award for Best Choreography 2016, National Theatre of Korea commission solo, Leave A Trace – CHVRCHES (Music Video) 2016. He has featured in major TV commercial campaigns: BALLMAIN X H&M 2016, AUDI E TRON 2014, and was the face for LUCOZADE REVIVE 2012.
He has danced with international artists including: Basement Jaxx, Shallama, Robbie Williams, Corrine Bailey-Rae, Black Eyed Peas, Russell Maliphant and Boy Blue Entertainment. His work has been recognised nationally as he was nominated for three major dance awards: “Best Achievement in Dance” at the UK Theatre Award 2017, “Emerging Artist” and “Outstanding Male Performer (Modern)’ at the National Dance Awards Critic Circle 2017 and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for the ‘Times Breakthrough Artist’ 2018. Supported by OneDance UK (ADAD Trailblazers Fellowship program 2017-18) and as one of the featured artist on the BBCFOUR and Sadlers Wells dance series 2018. Dickson’s next work will be supported by the Developed With programme at the Lowry, drawing on personal themes based around nature and the primal instincts of the body.
They made their debut at Soho Theatre in 2012, where they won the Craig Barbour Award for Songwriting. Past shows include HOUSE PARTY, WE CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY and I HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS which played to packed houses and critical acclaim at Latitude, Bestival, VAULT, Brighton and Edinburgh festivals. Their brand new comedy musical THOR AND LOKI is currently playing at Edinburgh Fringe, before performances at HighTide Festival, Harlow Playhouse and The Lowry. HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL’s next piece will be supported by the Developed With programme at The Lowry.
She has received a ‘Developing Your Creative Pracice’ grant to develop her skills in new magic. She is a founding member of Collectif and then… circus company which she formed alongside Lucie N’Duhirahe upon graduation from The Circus Space in 2009. At the heart of their collective is a circus boat with an aerial rig from which they organise performances & cabarets. Central to Fran’s work is her relationship with objects, notably a 20 litre water canister named Tank. Their working relationship flourished during a residency at BigCi residency centre in New South Wales earlier this year (funded by Arts Council England & The British Council through the Artist International Development Fund.) Their main concerns are exploring and playing with reality, consciousness and silliness.
Her work is often very physical and playful. For Developed With, she will be exploring play, risk and girlhood with a cast of ten 10 year old girls. She is interested in how we give children more agency. The girls will be brilliant, and funny and entertaining, and maybe a bit cruel and out of control. The project is called Thank Heaven for Little Girls, and is co-produced with the egg, Theatre Royal Bath, as part of their Incubator programme. The Incubator is funded by The Leverhulme Trust.
Tribe Arts are a philosophically inspired, radical-political theatre company based in Leeds/Bradford. They amplify the stories and voices of the current Black and Asian generation and believe theatre needs to be rejuvenated into the 21st century.
Their ambition is to extend outside of traditional performance spaces to connect, work, aid, represent, champion, motivate, educate and entertain communities, through powerful theatre and other interdisciplinary art forms.
Tribe Arts are one of three artists being supported by The Lowry, Bristol Old Vic and Curve through The Naseem Khan Commissions, an ambitious new initiative to support artists of colour. The other supported artists are Trina Haldar, Founder and Artistic Director of Mashi Theatre and Madeline Shann, a theatre maker, choreographer, writer and performer.