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Young theatre makers in the South East benefit from Farnham Maltings ‘no strings attached’ grant award

  • Date: 23 November 2012
  • Area: South East
Production image from non zero one’s ‘no strings attached’ funded piece ‘they vote with their feet’

Production image from non zero one’s ‘no strings attached’ funded piece ‘they vote with their feet’. Credit: Photo courtesy of Farnham Maltings

Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Farnham Maltings has announced the six recipients of this year's 'no strings attached' grant award. The scheme aims to give young theatre makers the opportunity to develop their first piece of theatre.

This year's recipients are: Gerald Curtis, Caroline Melia & Ellie Mills, Rich Gunston, Amber Rose May, Natalie Audley and Elizabeth Kent.

The scheme offers a grant of between £500 and £1000 to artists between the ages of 18 to 25 who haven't previously received any grant funding.

Individuals or groups can apply, and the money can be used for all of the costs of putting on a piece of theatre, including research and development. Suitable applicants were invited to present their ideas to a panel of arts professionals who met on 16 October to decide who would receive the award.

As well as the grant itself, these artists will also benefit from being mentored by an arts professional who will offer them support, advice and guidance during their project.

Previous recipients of the award include theatre company non zero one who received £500 to fund their first work in 2009. non zero one has since gone on to create work for the National Theatre's Inside Out Festival and is about to embark on a two week run of their new piece, the time out, at the Barbican.

Richard Kingdom, Theatre Relationship Manager, South East for Arts Council England said, 'no strings attached is a fantastic opportunity for young theatre makers in the South East to get their work made and seen. The mentoring they receive and the experience of putting together a proposal and pitching their ideas is also a hugely valuable part of the scheme.'

For more information on Farnham Maltings 'no strings attached' scheme, visit