EXCITING NEWS! We are overjoyed to announce that the New Adelphi Theatre has selected five recently graduating individuals/groups from our Performance directorate to become the next cohort of Supported Artists.
The Performance Graduate Scholarship Programme, in collaboration with the Alumni Team, awards graduates from the University’s performance disciplines the financial support, resources, facilities and time to experiment and take risks within their creative practice. The programme is designed to provide recent Graduates with an opportunity to develop their skills and further their professional experience within a supportive framework.
The Performance Graduate Scholarships are funded through the generosity of our donors and supported by the Alumni Engagement & Development Team.
Let’s meet our 2023 Supported Artists and hear more about their plans and next steps in their creative practice…
Anastasia Sharples (She/Her) is a Theatre and Performance Graduate who started performing at age five. She enjoys witnessing the piece come to life throughout the rehearsal process as well as the thrill of performing for an audience. To begin with, she mainly participated in scripted performances, however, she soon discovered the freedom she had when devising work from scratch. Anastasia is an inventive performer who is eager to create a performance that can resonate with every spectator.
Anastasia said: “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to work alongside Lewis within this programme and be able to develop our performance under expert supervision and guidance. Our aim is to develop a thought-provoking physical theatre piece that we hope will speak to and represent a diverse audience.”
Lewis Baron (He/Him) is a Theatre and Performance Graduate who started performing in college, developing a keen interest in physical theatre. Throughout his time at Salford, he has enjoyed devising and creating new work under the guidance of Artistic Director Mole Wetherell from Belgium based Reckless Sleepers. Live performance and the ability to influence and engage an audience in the moment is important to Lewis’ work which he wishes to continue producing far into the future.
Lewis told us: “Since receiving the news Anastasia and I were successful in acquiring funding and support, we have both been extremely excited and motivated to get started. Being able to produce a new piece together that can allow us to continue to be creative, is a massive privilege. I believe all theatre should promote positive change in some way or another and hope our finished piece represents this.”
HEADSHOT PHOTO CREDIT: SHIRLEY CALDWELL
HEADSHOT PHOTO CREDIT: ANNIE TATE
Originally from Hull, Arthur Loades (He/Him) is a recent graduate of Theatre and Performance Practice. He has worked as both actor and director for companies such as Red Brick Theatre, Almost Famous Theatre Company, and Hull Truck Theatre. He is currently directing Part of the Furniture, a new comedy premiering at Turtle Soup’s Virtual Dust for this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe.
Arthur told us: “I am incredibly excited and grateful to have been awarded this scholarship. With the support of the New Adelphi Theatre, I plan to develop my creative practice as a director, producing work that speaks to the interests of 21st Century audiences, be it new writing or adaptations of classical texts. I also hope to learn more about audience engagement methods and how to make my work accessible and attractive to those who think theatre isn’t for them.”
HEADSHOT PHOTO CREDIT: ANNIE-ROSE TATE, ART PHOTOGRAPHY
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDIT (left to right): SILENT UPROAR PRODUCTIONS, ELEANOR GARDINER
Glass Crumpet is an upcoming comedy production company formed of talented Comedy Writing and Performance graduates, William Rice (He/Him), James Tangye (He/Him), Tom Roberts (He/Him), Justin Glenister (He/Him) and Media and Performance graduate Elena Courtney (She/Her). Glass Crumpet focuses on making comedy accessible to the working class, using a ‘Pay What You Can’ scheme in their monthly gigs at Fierce Bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Glass Crumpet will also be taking two incredible shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe this August, a sketch show following absurd detective Jack Johnson and a standup show highlighting the group’s fantastic comedians.
The Glass Crumpet members told us: “Glass Crumpet is thrilled to be awarded a Graduate Scholarship and we are looking forward to working with the university and New Adelphi Theatre to continue our journey. The funds we have been awarded will help us massively with our two Edinburgh fringe shows, one of which is an adaptation of our university Comedy Project show A Brief Case that we created for Debut Festival. The funds will also go towards further projects Glass Crumpet have planned for after the Fringe.”
You can follow Glass Crumpet’s creative journey via their social media –
GROUP PHOTO CREDIT: ELENA COURTNEY
Katie Nayler (She/Her) is a recent graduate of Theatre and Performance Practice. During the final year of her studies, she participated in a work placement with the New Adelphi Theatre focusing on how all the behind-the-scenes elements of theatre create the magic that the audience sees on stage. She now works in the ticketing offices at the Lowry Theatre and is completing work placements with Lifted Entertainment at ITV on The Voice and wishes to continue her work in the production side of theatre and TV.
Katie told us: “I feel so honoured to be chosen for this year’s Graduate Scholarship and cannot wait to be able to learn more about the inner workings of the theatre industry. During my time with the scholarship, I aim to produce some informative and promotional content regarding the New Adelphi Theatre for future and current students whilst gaining experience working behind the scenes in the theatre.”
You can follow Katie’s creative journey via her social media – Instagram
ALL PHOTO CREDITS: KATIE NAYLER
Sydney Skye (She/Her) is a Theatre and Performance Practice graduate. During her time at university, she studied numerous areas of the performing arts: theatre, film, scriptwriting, and radio. Outside of studies, Sydney devoted herself to other creative projects, such as short films, theatre shows, and presenting her written radio show with Shock Radio. Theatre shows she participated in included A Doll’s House with Almost Famous Theatre Company, as a main lead, and recently Smell the Roses for the Manchester Fringe Festival 2023. Alongside this, she adores writing screenplays, radio dramas, and songs, and composing original music.
Sydney told us: “It is truly exciting to be awarded this scholarship, and I’m so thankful to have the support from the New Adelphi Theatre team! My aim is to launch my individual radio drama company, ‘Skye High Productions’, and create original radio dramas to send to competitions, public platforms, and radio stations. Additionally, I will continue to work with current students by providing them opportunities to voice act and crafting contests, so they have a chance at sharing their own original work too.”
HEADSHOT PHOTO CREDIT: KL PHOTOGRAPHY
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDIT (left to right): OLETA WRIGHT, CANDYCE HALLPIKE
MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR NEW SUPPORTED ARTISTS – WE CAN’T WAIT TO START WORKING WITH YOU ALL!