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Piece of Cake Productions
A playful and physical ensemble theatre company who create distinctive and critically acclaimed productions, lead inclusive workshops rooted in kindness, and work tirelessly to develop the industry we move in through connection and uplifting.
The PappyShow was formed in 2013 by Kane Husbands to bring people together to move, dance, create moments of radical joy, share stories and take time just to PLAY! That is still our mission but our identity has become clearer. We exist as a social enterprise – working across performance and platforming the marginalised identities that we believe society could do better with. The PappyShow is run by a core team of 10 friends - find out more about them here.
Kane Husbands Artistic Director of The PappyShow said: “National Youth Theatre has been the catalyst of my work and the birthplace of The PappyShow - so it feels really special to be welcoming all of you; the next generation of companies like ours that will be born from support and community like this. A model of best practice - not only in what we make - but in how we work. Congratulations.”
'Original, Inspiring and Fresh'
Neurodiverse group of four artists who perform and facilitate together
As Co-Directors we are passionate about our commitment to equal artistic and strategic collaboration.
What we do
Produce highly accessible multi-sensory participatory projects in diverse education and community settings
Devise interdisciplinary boundary-pushing productions that align with the Relaxed Performance revolution and innovative approaches to access for both audience and artist.
Offer employment and training opportunities that support the needs of individual artists to reach their potential.
Provide dynamic training in inclusive arts best practice that promote our vision
“National Youth Theatre’s commitment to inclusive practice aligns deeply with our ethos and we are excited for this new partnership and mutual learning and skills sharing that it will foster. We are looking forward to being part of a thriving community of people dedicated to tacking elitism and ableism in the arts. Our work with NYT will focus on providing leadership opportunities and employment for learning disabled young artists to enrich the theatre sector.” BLINK Dance Theatre, a neurodiverse group of 5 Artists who perform and facilitate together.
We are a charity supporting the integration of young refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK through the arts.
We deliver theatre, music and film projects and arts-led professional development programmes to help young refugees and asylum seekers build resilience and integrate into the UK.
“Compass is coming home! This will mean clear pathways for young refugees and people seeking asylum to access and engage with the company that Compass was born from. It will offer a bigger stage for the diverse new voices of tomorrow to have their chance in the spotlight.” Compass Collective, who deliver theatre, music and film projects and arts-led professional development programmes in Leeds, Birmingham, London and beyond to help young refugees and asylum seekers build resilience and integrate into the UK.
Doorstep Arts is a non-profit arts education organisation based in Torbay.
We run drama groups across Torbay at key doorstep sites – youth clubs, church halls and schools. We are also the creative education company in residence at the Palace Theatre, Paignton.
“This partnership represents the perfect next step for our work finding new and alternative pathways into the creative industries for young people in Torbay. It will afford access to further opportunities, expertise and resources that will help both our young people and our team continue to learn, grow and give our all to our local arts scene.” Doorstep Arts
Theatre company exploring the contemporary #Dorset voice. We tell great stories, develop local artists and embrace new ways of working.
“This opportunity will be transformative not only for us, but for young artists around Dorset. We look forward to developing professional pathways for young people from Bournemouth, Bridport, Dorchester, Poole, Sherborne, Swanage, Wimborne, Weymouth and other places where a career in the arts seems like a distant and unlikely dream.” Dorsetborn
OffPiste are an Associate Company to the NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE of GB.
We aim to produce work that explores film, theatre, hybrids of the two and promote underrepresented voices within the South West. Providing opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists is at the heart of what we do.
A new writing theatre company focused on working with creative artists of all disciplines, producing exciting new work for the stage.
“THE LAB is for multi-disciplinary Artists to experiment, research and create new work and approaches. Intergenerational and collaborative in leadership, we are process led; with a focus on deep enquiry and play.”
THE LAB - an experimental creative collective of NYT Associate Artists, industry makers and NYT Alumni from the charity’s flagship free alternatives to formal training the NYT REP and Playing Up, focused on artist development and shared practice.
Megaverse - an award-winning Sheffield-based Digital studio co-founded by NYT Alumnus Ben Carlin.
“The line between theatre, gaming and film is becoming increasingly blurred and it's important that young creatives are exposed to these tools to know how to creatively leverage them for their own artistic practice. We're so excited to be working with NYT to create some next generation experiences that are more interactive and immersive than ever before!”
“It feels incredibly special to be continuing our journey with NYT, since it’s an organisation where we began our artistic journeys. Our aim is to establish ourselves as an exciting multidisciplinary company with a finger on the pulse of under-represented stories.”
OPIA Collective is led by 2021 NYT REP Company Bryan Forbes Bursary Director Masha Kevinovna and Associate Director Cara Evans, Designer & NYT alumna.
“Piece of Cake aims to be at the forefront of uplifting the voices and stories of artists of the Global Majority creatives in the performing arts industry. The opportunity that NYT have given the company is a way to expand its platform on a bigger scale.”
Piece of Cake Productions is led by NYT alumna and curator of NYT’s showcase for Black young talent RUSH Shakira Newton and Ibraheem Toure.
“We now wish to support projects and initiatives in a more impactful way, and the new Associateship with NYT would hugely benefit the team, artists, young people and communities. Being an Associate company with NYT will support us in fully taking those new directions, offering training, support in resources, expertise and collaboration. Within the established platforms NYT can offer, Phakama’s wonderful projects, outreach methodologies and initiatives can reach wider audiences and get the exposure they truly deserve.”
Project Phakama, a charity committed to cultural exchange and the celebration of shared experiences.