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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.

How does it work?

  • Financial contributions to both professional development and production costs
  • Practical support for production development including free rehearsal space, technical support, artistic feedback, hosted sharings, press and marketing, a full production week and premiere for a new work.
  • 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

Who is it for?

  • Early and midcareer artists looking to make a step change in their practice
  • Entry on the programme is through a combination of invitation and open call

The Lowry is extremely proud to be collaborating with other organisations such as the egg, Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic and The Curve, Leicester to support a number of artists on an even deeper level of engagement.

‘The Lowry’s Artist Development Team gave us outstanding mentoring in all areas of production and company development. They had total trust in our creative talent and were committed to creating optimal working conditions for us. We have developed a strong company profile and established a multitude of quality contacts within the performing arts sector through Developed With.’ Natalie Reckert – Developed With Alumni


Colla Voce was founded because we wanted to contribute towards creating an original musical theatre scene in Sheffield. We create and produce new musicals, often with a focus on comedy.

Their debut show, Buried, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, since winning the Cameron Mackintosh Award, and touring as far as the Czech Republic and New York. Previous other shows include stand up comedy Table For One, and the Christmas musical with a twist The AlterNativity. Through Developed With The Lowry they are currently developing You And I, their brand new musical about AI and what it really means to be human.

You and I will show at The Lowry in May 2020 before transferring to The Other Palace in London’s West End in June 2020.





Fio makes fearless theatre. Fio in Latin means to belong, to create, to grow.

They work across the UK and internationally to make interesting, political and provocative work that brings about change to deliver social justice.

Fio is committed to changing lives by providing underrepresented people with a means to tell their story. Our ambition is to turn these marginalised voices into projects and performances that resonate with audiences.

For Developed With, they will explore how they fit into the creative ecology of the North West, as well as develop a number of projects including AMMA (working title), a virtual reality performance experience marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Bangladesh War of Independence.





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 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.

Snatch(ed) 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 will explore new creative and directorial approaches to making work with both disabled and non-disabled collaborators and develop relationships around the country to support the show’s further life after its premiere at The Lowry in October 2020.




TOOT is Stuart Barter, Clare Dunn,Terry O’Donovan & Faith Dodkins – we have been making work together since 2012. We write, design and perform live theatre, flipping modern fears and anxieties into joyful collective experience.

In 2020/21 we’ll be making our fourth theatre piece TELETHON. Inspired by contemporary moral psychology, TELETHON begins as a live studio broadcast that explores groupishness & how we (the audience) moralise, take sides & accept or reject public altruism. The show takes a jagged turn after a live broadcast disaster – the audience find themselves in a silent world where everything has been burned to the ground & we must start again.

For Developed With, The Lowry will support the company through a period of organisational development leading up to the premiere of TELETHON at The Lowry in Spring 2021.



Jenny May Morgan

Picture of Jenny May Morgan as Pamela de Menthe

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.


Dickson Mbi

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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

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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.


Fran Hyde

A picture of Fran Hyde

Performance Maker & Circus Artist

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 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.


Jennifer Jackson

A picture of Jennifer Jackson

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.