Today, Les Enfants Terribles in collaboration with house and in association with Wilton’s Music Hall announced ThisEgg as the winners of the first Stepladder Award.
The Stepladder Award was created to support fringe theatre companies making original work as they look to establish themselves within the UK theatre industry. Chosen from a shortlist of five emerging theatre companies, ThisEgg will receive industry mentoring from Les Enfants Terribles as they prepare funding applications and support from house in mounting their first UK tour.
Me and My Bee will also play at Wilton’s Music Hall during the run of Les Enfants Terribles’ ten year anniversary production of The Terrible Infants. Details of the performance are to be announced. Tickets will go on sale from 23 August at www.wiltons.org.uk.
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ThisEgg is run by Josie Dale-Jones and was founded whilst at Sixth Form College in 2010. The focus of ThisEgg is to make comic intimate theatre that celebrates the here and now of the live event. The company are on a mission to find a story to connect audiences – they think the most important thing about theatre is that it brings people together. ThisEgg often mix theatrical styles, using combinations of storytelling, clowning, live music and movement.
ThisEgg’s production of Me and My Bee is currently playing at Beside – Pleasance Courtyard until 28 August. For ticketing information please see: www.pleasance.co.uk/event/me-and-my-bee
Josie Dale-Jones(Artistic Director) of ThisEgg said: “It is amazing to have won an award that offers practical and oh-so-necessary support — we can’t wait to start climbing that ladder!”
Oliver Lansley (Artistic Director) and James Seager (Producer) of Les Enfants Terribles said: “We were overwhelmed by the innovation and talent of the five shortlisted companies for The Stepladder Award, but we’re thrilled to award ThisEgg with The Stepladder Award.
We set up The Stepladder Award with house and Wilton’s Music Hall to assist and support a fringe theatre company with their future ambitions. When we began Les Enfants Terribles, we know we would have benefitted from this kind of guidance so we’re thrilled to award ThisEgg this unique opportunity which has been severely lacking for theatre companies in the UK.”
Holly Kendrick, Executive Director at Wilton’s Music Hall, said: “At Wilton’s we are committed to sharing our stage with exciting and contemporary artists and so we’re delighted to be welcoming ThisEgg to Wilton’s this Autumn as the first winners of The Stepladder Award. It’s been a privilege to partner with Les Enfants Terribles and house for the first ever The Stepladder Award, a necessary award in UK theatre which will enable ThisEgg to continue to grow as an exciting emerging voice in British theatre.”
Submissions for The Stepladder Award opened on 8 March 2017, the judging panel, made up of Les Enfants Terribles, Wilton’s Music Hall and house, saw five shortlisted shows during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before choosing a winner.
Les Enfants Terribles are committed to helping young practitioners and earlier this year launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first ever The LET Bursary in association with RADA. Created to help one individual without the financial means to attend drama school, the winning recipient will receive the bursary towards their tuition fees and living costs for the full-time professional acting course for one academic year.
For further information and to donate please visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/LETbursary