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Fuel

Fuel are independent producers working with a portfolio of inspiring artists and companies to create new, original and unexpected work that breaks the conventions between artforms and spaces. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £200,000
  • 2013-2014: £204,600
  • 2014-2015: £209,920

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Sound&Fury's Going Dark Trailer

Written by Hattie Naylor in collaboration with Sound&Fury How far can you see? A mile? A hundred miles? Or to the furthest shores of the universe to a far away galaxy? When his own life takes an unexpected turn, Max discovers that understanding the universe requires a different kind of vision... Sound&Fury use their innovative theatre vocabulary of immersive surround sound design, total darkness and imaginative lighting in Going Dark to reawaken our wonder at the cosmos and reveal how one man's vision becomes illuminated by darkness. #GoingDark

Red Ladies Trailer

Red Ladies | 2014 Red Ladies is an ongoing performance piece featuring a group of identically dressed women. "Brilliantly powerful; at once angry, funny, defiant and euphoric. The Red Ladies are a gorgeous enigma" The Guardian "Choreographed with military precision and pulled off with admirable panache" Metro "'Clod Ensemble's witty new work, Red Ladies, is not plot driven so much as post modern mosaic... a reference strewn meditation on the crowd or dramatic chorus" Time Out

Waiting... for the inevitable by Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese

Fuel, Roundhouse and King's Cultural Institute present Waiting... for the inevitable By Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese Waiting... for the inevitable is the penultimate podcast in the While You Wait series, each of which is a different meditation on the idea of waiting and created by artists in collaboration with academics from King's College London. Waiting... for the inevitable has been made by actor Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese, Professor of Neurobiology of Mental Health at King's College London. While You Wait is funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Waiting... for a loved one to die by Rachel Mars in collaboration with Fliss Murtagh

Rachel Mars and Dr Fliss Murtagh talk about their collaboration on a While You Wait podcast. For more details and to listen to the podcast visit the Fuel website www.fueltheatre.com/projects/while-you-wait

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Clod Ensemble - Zero Trailer

Zero is set to an original score played live by a band of acclaimed musicians and featuring an explosive cast of performers. Zero is a world where nothing is certain -- where women can be tigers and men can be snakes. Families, marriages and friendships are laced with sibling rivalries, frustrated desires and murderous ambitions. Heavens open and lives fall apart. Here, we are all at the mercy of the stormy weather. At least we can still sing the blues. clodensemble.com @ClodEnsemble #zero Commissioned by Sadler's Wells and Brighton Festival in partnership with South East Dance. Research supported by Jerwood Studio at Sadler's Wells and Shoreditch Town Hall. Funded by the Leche Trust, The Hinrichsen Foundation and PRSF. Clod Ensemble is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Waiting... for a cancer diagnosis by Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue

Waiting... for a cancer diagnosis by writer and performer Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue, a Research Worker in the Psychology Department at King's College London. Brian Lobel creates performances about bodies: politicized bodies, marginalized bodies, dancing and singing bodies, happy bodies, sick bodies and bodies that need a little extra love. After being sick as a young adult, he became fascinated with unique bodily experience and how it is conceived, discussed and witnessed by others, leading him directly into his current performance practice. While the work takes many different forms — installation, stage shows, cabaret, interactive performance and publications — each project is keenly interested in how you (the audience) relate both to him and to others. To do this, he combines his intimate stories with grander public narratives (about illness, technology, nationalism, economy, sexuality and more) in an attempt to show that we are all in this together. The work playfully inspires audiences to consider the world around them with renewed vigor, generosity, reflection and an insatiable desire to engage with others. www.blobelwarming.com Iain Perdue is a Research Worker in the Psychology Department at King's College London. Of his podcast Brian writes: For the "While You Wait" series, I thought it would be cheeky and subversive to write "Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis" and to try to put into practice some of the thinking that I have done in the past 12 years since I was diagnosed, treated and cured of testicular cancer. Because I have spent so much time working as a professional cancer patient - performing my personal patient narrative as well as creating work about how cancer patients exist in public space - I thought that the podcast would be able to be both simple, personal and profound. I wanted to make something that was well-researched, built in consultation with a professional, and that was a bit funny, sexy and political. I wanted and expected it to be easy, especially as I've thought about this subject for so long. Of course, the moment one agrees to write "Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis", suddenly, karmically, it happens. The bump. And the theoretical ideas you have about what you would do while you wait seem like a distant memory. This bump is not a metaphor, or an idea: this bump is serious.

Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild

Fuel, Roundhouse and King's Cultural Institute present Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild Waiting... to come home is the seventh in our new series of podcasts called While You Wait, each of which is a different meditation on the idea of waiting and created by artists in collaboration with academics from King's College London. Waiting... to come home has been made by writer and performer Caroline Horton in collaboration with Dr Jennifer Wild, Research Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Senior Lecturer at King's College London. While You Wait is funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth

Fuel, Roundhouse and King's Cultural Institute present Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth Waiting... in a hairdressers is the sixth in our new series of podcasts called While You Wait, each of which is a different meditation on the idea of waiting and created by artists in collaboration with academics from King's College London. Waiting... in a hairdressers has been made by poet Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth, Senior Lecturer, Department of French at King's College London. While You Wait is funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Sound&Fury's Kursk

Trailer for Kursk at Sydney Opera House A Young Vic and Fuel co-production. Written by Sound&Fury in collaboration with Bryony Lavery. Commissioned by Cambridge Junction

Waiting to be born by Lewis Gibson

Fuel, Roundhouse and King's Cultural Institute present Waiting... to be born By Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick and Sarah Beake Performed by Janet Henfrey Waiting... to be born is the fifth in our new series of podcasts called While You Wait, each of which is a different meditation on the idea of waiting and created by artists in collaboration with academics from King's College London. Waiting... to be born has been made by sound artist Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick, Professor of Evidence Based Midwifery Practice, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Women's Health and Sarah Beake, Research Associate Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. While You Wait is funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Waiting with Rachel and Peter by By Stefan Kaegi

Waiting... with Rachel and Peter By Stefan Kaegi in collaboration with Anna Jordanous and Niki Neecke. Voices by Acapela Group. Waiting... with Rachel and Peter is the fourth in our new series of podcasts called While You Wait, each of which is a different meditation on the idea of waiting and created by artists in collaboration with academics from King's College London. Waiting... with Rachel and Peter has been made by Berlin based artist Stefan Kaegi in collaboration with Anna Jordanous, Research Associate, Centre for e-Research and sound designer Niki Neecke. While You Wait is funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

The Victorian in the Wall BSL Synopsis

A Royal Court Theatre and Fuel co-production The Victorian in the Wall By Will Adamsdale With additional material from Jason Barnett, Chris Branch, Matthew Steer, and Melanie Wilson Co-directed by Will Adamsdale and Lyndsey Turner The Victorian in the Wall is a comedy with songs at the Royal Court Theatre in London from 11 May-8 June 2013. There is a sign interpreted performance on the matinee performance of 1st June and a captioned performance on the evening of the 5th June. You can get your tickets online on www.royalcourttheatre.com. A work shy writer, Guy - who's last real contribution to literature was an award-winning short story 14 years ago - lives with his long-suffering girlfriend, Fi, in an increasingly gentrified part of London. They seem to have it all and they do love each other, but there's something missing. There's just no forward movement. They can't figure out what step to take next -- marriage, baby...home improvement! That's it, they'll get a knock-through. But when Fi is called away on urgent third-sector business just the building work is about to begin, Guy has to step up. Which he does. Sort of. Until the discovery of a Victorian man, Mr Elms, in the wall. The erudite builder Rob has seen this before, he's probably a ghost confused by the Wi-Fi as he's passing through. For Guy however, the arrival of this strange visitor is the perfect distraction from finishing the CBeebies script that his producer Bex is in desperate need of. With no memory of how he got in the wall in the first place, or why he's there, or even how long it's been, Mr Elms cautiously settles in to 21st century life - box sets of 'The Wire', working the Gaggia coffee maker and dealing with the boisterous washing machine from two doors down - whilst having the occasional fleeting flashback of his Victorian existence. He lived in this very flat. Underneath the captivating Lou Porter, the biggest musical hall star of the day. And is that a hint of a love story? But no sooner has Guy become immersed in the Victorian era, he is dumped right back into his own reality as Elms's memory is interrupted by a phone call from the increasingly despairing producer Bex. Can this fascinating visitor unlock Guy's hopeless career? His flagging relationship with Fi? A story buried in these walls for over a century? It's doubtful. Maybe. Yes. With the building work coming on apace, and a Skype call with Fi fast approaching so she can see the flat's transformation for herself, all Guy has to do is crack on with the script, keep out of Rob the builder's way, and not get side-tracked. Simple. But with Elms taking Guy on a trip to the Victorian music hall, nosy-neighbour Dan wanting a word about the foundations, and the noisy fridge constantly sounding like it is saying something, Guy's focus is all over place. Then the doorbell rings. And nobody, not even Rob, could foresee the impact this latest visitor would have on Guy and Fi's world. The Victorian in the Wall is a surreal, fantastical and joyful comedy with songs that explores relationships, 21st century ennui and middle-class angst.

Make Better Please Trailer

Fuel presents Uninvited Guests' Make Better Please in collaboration with Lewis Gibson 8 May, ARC, Stockton on Tees Buy tickets: http://www.arconline.co.uk/whats-on/drama-and-spoken-word/make-better-please "Elegant and visceral, not to mention fearless, hilarious, totally horrifying and immensely uplifting." Carousel of Fantasies Bring us the troubles of the world, this city's crises and the hope in your hearts. In these times of crisis we make a collective ministry with you, our society of friends. Possessed by the spirits of corporate fat cats, cabinet ministers and media tycoons, we invoke the demons of the day, in order to banish them forever. Each show will draw on the day's news and will be about whatever matters to you. We'll speak the unspeakable and do the unthinkable for you. uninvitedguests.net @UGuests #makebetterplease Commissioned and developed by Theatre Bristol, Bristol Old Vic and BAC. Funded by Arts Council England. Developed with the support of Beaford Arts.

Welcome to Fuel's Accessible Programme

Here at Fuel, we want to make work for everyone, and we have been working hard to make work for audiences with accessibility requirements. We've produced British Sign Language interpreted performances of productions, we've made large print versions of our season brochures and subtitled our very first film, Kursk, for BBC's The Space. In 2012 we made our first foray into making work accessible for blind or vision impaired audiences with an Audio Described performance of Sound&Fury's Going Dark at the Young Vic in London, with an accompanying Touch Tour of the set and performance space. In our January-June 2013 season we're working with Fevered Sleep to make a captioned show and an audio described show for their installation and performance Above Me The Wide Blue Sky at the Young Vic in March, and with Will Adamsdale to make a sign interpreted show and captioned show for his new show The Victorian in the Wall at the Royal Court. We want to make the shows as enriching an experience for a disabled audience member as it is for a hearing or sighted audience member andwe want to create accessible routes in that aren't just bolt-ons to the show, but are woven in and in sympathy with the style of the entire piece. To find out more about our accessible work and upcoming shows, visit: www.fueltheatre.com/access

The Victorian in the Wall Trailer

Book your tickets here: www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/the-victorian-in-the-wall For more information visit: www.fueltheatre.com/projects/the-victorian-in-the-wall A Fuel and Royal Court Theatre co-production The Victorian in the Wall By Will Adamsdale With additional material from Jason Barnett, Chris Branch, Matthew Steer, and Melanie Wilson Co-directed by Will Adamsdale and Lyndsey Turner Latte-land... London. 4x4s, grand design knock-throughs, organic everything. A work-shy writer discovers a Victorian man living in the wall of his flat. Everyone's pretty surprised. Adjustments need to be made. Can the strange visitor unlock his hopeless career? His flagging relationship? A story buried in these walls for over a century? (Doubt it. Maybe. Yes.) A comedy with songs from Perrier Award winner Will Adamsdale (Jackson's Way, The Summer House).

Above Me The Wide Blue Sky trailer

Young Vic, London 7-28 March 2013 Buy tickets here: youngvic.org A Fevered Sleep/Young Vic co-production Co-commissioned by Live at LICA and Warwick Arts Centre Produced in association with Fuel Above Me The Wide Blue Sky If who we are and what we call home is interwoven with nature, what happens when everything starts to change? Performed within a stunning multi-screen film installation, with a soundscape of birdsong, electronic music and a new score for string quartet, Above Me The Wide Blue Sky draws together stories of love, loss and belonging from an everchanging world. A long awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed On Ageing in 2010. The installation is open to ticket holders before and after the performance. @feveredsleep #fsAboveMe feveredsleep.co.uk fueltheatre.com

While You Wait - Waiting... Now by Paul Clark in collaboration with Professor Bill Brewer

Fuel, Roundhouse and King's Cultural Institute present Waiting... Now By Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer Featuring Chris Allan (Cello) Waiting.. Now is the first in our new series of podcasts called While You Wait, each of which is a different meditation on the idea of waiting and created by artists in collaboration with academics from King's College London. Waiting... Now has been made by Paul Clark Co-Artistic Director of Clod Ensemble in collaboration with Bill Brewer, Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy at King's College London. For more info visit http://www.fueltheatre.com/projects/while-you-wait While You Wait is funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Give Me Back My Broken Night by Uninvited Guests & Circumstance

Film of Give Me Back My Broken Night performances in Guimaraes, Portugal as part of the European City of Culture programme.

Body Pods - The Fingers Interview with Terje Isungset and Professor Mike Tipton

The Fingers By Terje Isungset and Mike Tipton The Fingers is the twelfth and final podcast in a series called Body Pods. Each podcast has been made by an artist in collaboration with a scientist, exploring a different part of your body. Here, Terje Isungset, an ice artist, and Mike Tipton, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology at University of Portsmouth discuss their podcast and the science behind it. To find out more visit fueltheatre.com.

Body Pods - Bone Interview with David Harradine and Dr Allie Gartland

Bone By David Harradine and Allie Gartland Bone is the eleventh and penultimate podcast in a series called Body Pods. Each podcast has been made by an artist in collaboration with a scientist, exploring a different part of your body. Here, David Harradine, an artist, and Dr Allie Gartland, Head Senior Lecturer in Bone Biology at the University of Sheffield discuss their podcast and the science behind it. To find out more visit fueltheatre.com.

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