Who we are:
house supports venues by improving the range, quality and scale of theatre presented across South East and Eastern England, and exists to build the audience for contemporary theatre across the region.
house is delivered by Farnham Maltings, and steered by a group of regional programmers and producers comprising Brighton Dome, Colchester Arts Centre, Corn Exchange Newbury, Harlow Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Oxford Playhouse, South Street Reading, and The Point Eastleigh. You can read more about each of our steering group venues on our steering group page.
house is supported by Arts Council England.
What we do:
house curates and underwrites a varied programme of around 20 contemporary theatre productions each year for our network of over 140 venues. This programming is informed by the views of our steering group, venue network and their audiences, and is supported with marketing and publicity strategies that sit alongside our audience development strands. Venues across the network have a commitment to developing the audiences that these strands highlight.
There are four main programming strands:
- All The Family – as the name suggests, this is about an offer for the whole family with shows that appeal to a wide range of ages (ie not exclusively for children) and often have a strong sense of fun, e.g. The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, The Girl with the Iron Claws, The Government Inspector
- Something Different – for more adventurous audiences (or regular attenders looking to broaden their horizons), shows might experiment with form or address challenging themes, e.g. Grounded, All Roads Lead to Rome, Mess
- A Night Out – for more traditional ‘dinner and a show’ audiences, shows might be of classic texts, offer more traditional production values (sets, costumes etc) or more universal themes, e.g. A Strange Wild Song, The Government Inspector, Grounded
- Young Imaginations – for children, particularly up to the age of 6, with shows that engage them in unusual and imaginative ways, e.g. The Incredible Book-Eating Boy, Arthur’s Dream Boat and I Believe in Unicorns
We are strengthening the theatre ecology of South East England by hosting regular training and networking opportunities and brokering conversations between companies and venues.
We are also developing this website as a digital platform for the professional theatre sector, both in our region and beyond. The website is an open resource that shares ideas, templates, information and opportunities, as well as hosting a regularly updated blog.
house is an Unlimited Ally; celebrating the work of disabled artists as part of the Unlimited programme. www.weareunlimited.org.uk