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Creative Talent Programme 2020-21 Artists announced

Creative Talent Programme 2020-21 artists announced

Creative Youth is excited to announce our new Creative Talent Programme (CTP) artists/companies for 2020-21.

After all the trials and tribulations of 2020 we are so grateful to still be able to launch this initiative with support from Arts Council England. We were inundated with incredible applications from across the country and the final three were chosen by an independent panel of arts professionals.

The CTP identifies young and emerging artists and organisations who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and exciting entrepreneurs in the arts sector through providing them with considerable artistic, business and strategic support *. Further information on the CTP and previously supported companies/artists can be found here.

In 2020-21, Creative Youth will support Boudicca Pepper, Hannah Raymond-Cox, and One Last One. The 20-21 programme particularly focuses on working with underrepresented artists and artforms. All artists/ companies had to incorporate an element of Dance, Circus or Music within their proposed projects.

The 2020-2021 Creative Talent Programme artists are:

Hannah Raymond-Cox
Hannah Raymond-Cox is a queer Hong-Kong born Jewish poet, actor, and theatre-maker. Highlights of her careers include a Southbank Centre poetry commission, Barbican Young Poets 2019/20, developing interactive immersive theatre games with Parabolic Theatre, and she stars in the Dungeons and Dragons liveplay show Adventurers Wanted: Undergods. Her 5-star solo spoken word theatre show POLARIS has toured the UK and enjoyed a full Edinburgh Fringe run at the Scottish Poetry Library. Her debut poetry book, Amuse Girl, was published last year by Burning Eye Books. Hannah’s work focuses on food, mental health, queerness, and memory.

One Last One
One Last One is a new group of award-winning Hong Kong artists set up in response to the rapid changes in the territory. They use dance and theatre to tell captivating stories and humanise complex social issues. They are passionate about human rights and influencing positive social change as well as amplifying underrepresented voices. As a new collective they are excited to be finding their voice through collaboration. They are committed to being curious and experimenting with bold and innovative approaches to bring new ideas to life.

Boudicca Pepper
Boudicca is a Sussex-based activist, rapper and singer-songwriter who found her voice, following a childhood marked by crisis through the vibrant Hip Hop scene in her hometown Brighton. Known for her incendiary megaphone raps at demonstrations Boudicca released her debut EP The Princess & The P in 2018. Her powerful live performances (vocal and megaphone based) secured her international attention and shows with Kate Tempest, at the Edinburgh Fringe (with Poets & M.C.’s), Democracy Alive (The Netherlands), Youth Strike 4 Climate and Extinction Rebellion.

Boudicca campaigns for equality, climate justice and to support women in the male-dominated music industry. Her debut album Pushing Up Daisies came out on Collective Mind Records earlier this year. Boudicca is currently in the studio with Jimmy Day (who produced Massive Attack) working on her next single Party Like The World is Ending.


*The final 3 will receive:

– £2,000 to develop a piece of creative work
– Support across a year of activity with inclusion in International Youth Arts Festival
– Support from a bespoke, art-form specific, industry mentor
– Access to free office space
– Access to free rehearsal space
– Professional development workshops

Opportunities for emerging artists

We are excited to announce two new opportunities for emerging artists as part of our Creative Talent Programme.

The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and organisations who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future.



Creative Talent Scratch Night 
This popup event will take place in March 2020 and will feature the work of 6 emerging artists. Apply before midnight on Friday 28 February here

Creative Talent Programme
Applications are now open for 3 emerging companies to join the next intake of the Creative Talent Programme for 2020-21.  More information can be found here. Deadline to apply is Monday 30 March.

The Creative Talent Programme is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

A year of CTP: Sculptress Theatre Company

Our experience as a Creative Talent Programme company

Sculptress theatre started in 2018 and CTP was our first opportunity to create work which we were passionate about and integral to the diversity of theatre.

Throughout the programme we received constant support from Molly Freeman (Creative Talent Project Manager). She organised workshops which helped us to create the foundation of our theatre company. This included workshops such as budgeting, marketing and creating a business plan. These workshops were essential to our growth as a company and changed our outlook on how we think a theatre company should be running. We learnt how to manage budgets, how to market a show and our favourite workshop was how to create a business plan.

Through the CTP programme we were privileged to have a mentor from the industry that fitted the specification of our needs. We were able to have productive monthly meetings with an incredible woman, Pauline Walker, who had been a producer for many years. Her knowledge was immense, and she was a role model to us.

Sculptress Theatre is run by two black women and being able to sit and spend time with another black women who had experience was truly valuable and special. Molly Freeman sat with us to discuss what mentor we were looking for and found one that ticked every box. We learnt from Pauline practical ways to plan and produce a show from inception. She provided us with tools and templates which are timeless and key components to running a company and producing a show. Without CTP we would not have been able to network with Pauline, we are extremely grateful for this opportunity.

A massive part of the programme was putting on a show at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. We learnt so much from producing a show at the Rose, including how to run a technical rehearsal, liaising with production teams and trouble shooting problems effectively. We also had to market the show which was one of our biggest challenges and we learnt so much about how to write a press release, market a show on social media and branch out of our current networks. Overall CTP equipped us with tools which will last a lifetime and have been integral to our growth as a company.

We have learnt how to work as team, the importance of evaluation and CTP helped give us the confidence to continue to create work and challenge the status quo. CTP offered us a platform and continued to add value to our voices. CTP cared about what we stand for and amplified and supported our create vision. This opportunity has a been a highlight for our first year as a company.

– Germma Orleans-Thompson and Alisha Artry
Sculptress Theatre Company



A year of CTP: What is Written Dance Company

Our experience as a Creative Talent Programme company

“We are incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunities that were on offer during our time with CTP. We experienced valuable insights into the inner workings of how to set up and run a company, develop our brand and be in control of your own business growth. The mentors throughout the course are very much still active within their field of expertise and so were able to give us current knowledge and practical advice in various areas that were lacking in our structure.

During the programme, different mentors broke down methods for promotion and advertising, writing a business plan and writing an Arts Council application which are super important to make the company into a sustainable business. For example, writing a letter or email introduction to newspapers and blogs with information about who you are and your show, and whether they would be willing to make a post/section advertising the piece. How to make real and human connections that will make a lasting impression, remembering that they are people with full inboxes and that inviting them to a coffee might be nicer than a lengthy email.

These different approaches to the way develop were invaluable insights to presenting a more professional front to potential partners and artists. Applying these different elements has enabled us to see a visible growth internally, which in turn also became an outward growth.”

– Viviana Rocha and Jean Pierre Nyamangunda
What is Written Dance Company