Developed With is a year-long relationship with a range of exciting artists or companies. Each artist or company is given bespoke mentorship and support in order to develop and present brand new work and take a step forward in their practice.
The support package includes financial contributions to both professional development and production costs, practical support for production development, artistic feedback, and a professional development plan including coaching, mentoring from industry experts and a series of bespoke activities specifically tailored to the needs of the company or artist.
During COVID19, we have continued to support our existing Developed With artists and companies, adapting plans, shifting strategic approaches and pivoting projects so that they can continue moving forward despite restrictions. We are welcoming new artists and companies into the programme for 2021/22, and are always open to conversations with people who are interested in exploring big questions in their practice and have ideas for projects which might help them find the answers.
Who is it for?
- Early and mid career artists looking to make a step change in their practice
- Entry on the programme is through a combination of invitation and open call
Lily Levin, Developed With
“Developed With has helped me refine my devising processes as a director working with an artist on autobiographical work. Because of the input from the program, we feel supported to create what could be considered vulnerable work, allowing me to safely push the show towards its potential.
As an artist recently diagnosed with Autism, I have found the program accessible and inclusive in a way that allows me to ask for guidance or support when I need it. As a result of the program, I feel more confident and accomplished as a director in the industry going forward.
The program has undoubtedly had a significant impact on my future career and my ability to grow in an industry which may be more difficult for people like me to move forward in.”
Fran specialises in hair suspension and pulley work. She is currently taking part in a new-magic formation at France’s national circus centre CNAC, and doing a masters in Circus Practices at DOCH circus school in Stockholm. She received a ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ grant last year to develop her skills in new magic.
She is a founding member of Collectif and then… circus company with partner Lucie N’Duhirahe. At the heart of their collective is a circus boat with an aerial rig from which they organise performances & cabarets.
The newest member of Collectif and then… is Fran’s duo partner Tank – a 20 litre plastic Jerrycan. Tank is a big thinker and has encouraged Fran reflect on her own identity and the role she plays in society. They recently wrote a chapter together in a book entitled ‘Thinking Through Circus’ that was published earlier this year.
For Developed With, The Lowry will continue to support Fran as she moves towards the premiere of Tank and Me at The Lowry in October 2020. This will be one of the very few midscale pieces of female solo British circus available on the touring circuit in 2020/21, and will give British audiences and circus professionals an opportunity to experience new European magic techniques.
MELISSA JOHNS AND LILY LEVIN
Melissa Johns is a TV and theatre actor and disabled artists advocate and Lily Levin is a theatre and film director.
In 2019, Melissa Johns was shortlisted for the Positive Role Model award at the National Diversity Awards.
In 2018, she was listed as one of Shaw Trusts 100 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK.
And in 2017, while working on Coronation Street, explicit photos of her were hacked from her phone and sold to the tabloids for everyone to see.
Funny, frank and brutally honest, Snatch(ed) is an autobiographical show looking at how the stories people tell us about our bodies shape who we are.
Snatched is Melissa’s first solo show, co-devised with long term collaborator and director Lily Levin and supported by Live Theatre in Newcastle.
For Developed With The Lowry, Melissa and Lily are exploring new creative and directorial approaches to making work with both disabled and non-disabled collaborators and developing relationships around the country to support the show’s further life after its future premiere at The Lowry.
TalkShow (formerly TOOT), is Clare Dunn, Stu Barter and Faith Dodkins. They create and deliver live performance, participatory projects and work for digital platforms where the audience is at the heart and has an important role to play. Their work flips modern fears and anxieties into collective experiences, often taking a familiar setting (a focus group, a classroom, a TV studio) and transforming it to reveal something new. They work with a wide array of collaborators and expect everyone, audiences and performers alike, to dive in; but don’t worry, they’ll take good care of you!
In 2021/22, supported by Developed With, TalkShow will be making their fourth theatre piece, Telethon:
We live in an increasingly divided world, but if there’s one thing that can unite us all, it’s a televised charity special.
Inspired by contemporary moral psychology, Telethon explores groupishness, public altruism, outrage and what really makes a person ‘good’. Telethon begins as a live studio broadcast in which the charismatic hosts invite the audience to connect with their neighbours, chat, make their voices heard and help raise money for the causes that mean the most to us all. Good-will and group singing prevail, until the cracks emerge, the live broadcast takes a jagged turn, and every voice is silenced.
In a hybrid performance with BSL integration, Telethon offers a unique interactive experience for both in-person and remote audiences simultaneously.
Jenny May Morgan
Jenny May Morgan is a Manchester based writer and comedy performer. After regularly appearing in character and sketch comedy on the Manchester new writing scene, she created her comedy alter ego, a delusional erotic fiction author, Pamela DeMenthe.
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.
Choreographer/Dancer – Dickson is a world-renowned dancer in the Hip Hop dance community.
He is known for his remarkable popping skills, strong personality, powerful movement and positive attitude. He has won many major Popping competitions including: Juste Debout UK, BattleISM, KOD and the UK B-Boy Championships regional conflict. Together with his partner Brooke Milliner, he is committed to fostering new generations of dancers both within their battling crew “Prototype” and their Popping crew “Fiya House”.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.
House of Blakewell
Musical Theatre Company. HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL are Harry Blake and Alice Keedwell.
They make new musical theatre that combines live music, comedy and cabaret. Their work explores contemporary issues through audience interaction, showtunes, tap-dancing and the occasional recorder duet.
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.
Jennifer is an actor, theatre maker, and movement director.
Her recent credits include Death of a Salesman, Queens of the Coal Age, Our Town (Royal Exchange Theatre), Parliament Square (Bush Theatre & Royal Exchange Theatre), Mayfly (Orange Tree), Island Town/ Sticks and Stones/ How to Spot an Alien (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Mountaintop (The Young Vic).
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.
Tian founded the theatre company New Slang Productions in 2010. In early 2012, his debut production Silver Shores was staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre and a few years after that in 2015 his sophomore effort Changing State was staged at the Hen & Chickens Theatre. Tian wrote and directed both plays. The thread running through Tian’s work is social concerns and communities.
As well as being artist and facilitator, he is an arts and outreach producer and has worked for Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, Fertility Fest, The Sick of The Fringe & Le Gateau Chocolat.
For Developed With, Tian is supported in partnership with Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) through the STUN X Lowry commission to develop Tomorrow Is Not Promised, a new poetic performance piece he has written. Using spoken word, live music and set in an Afro-futurist reality the performance will take us through a story of how we heal from loss and how Black women support each other with friendship and sisterhood. Having lost her house in an earthquake our hero has to decide what new direction to take her life but in her time of need she first decides to try helping others.