Amy Golding, Artistic Director of Newcastle-based theater company Curious
Monkey and Kay Hepplewhite, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Northumbria University, report on recent research to find out what a vibrant fringe theater scene needs.
"We wanted to explore how to encourage the independent performance sector to bubble up and not allow things to simmer down," expressed the authors about the research intention.
To conduct the research, they visited Leeds and Bristol to compare best practice and look at existing models that support independent theatre. A mapping exercise identified the factors that contributed to the fringe scene in each city. Twenty-eight non-building-based theater companies were identified, as well as individual artists making theater and performance work. The project looked at how people felt about the current fringe and independent performance sector and discussed what needed to happen to support its development.