Departure Point Yorkshire


Last year Theatre Delicatessen set out on a creative venture to support emerging theatre companies in London as they developed the skills needed to make their art happen: to get their art seen by critics, reviewers and audiences, to get their art on tour, to improve and build upon their practice as artists.
This year the scheme has come to Sheffield, and unlike last year, it is also open to the public.
Theatre Delicatessen on The Moor has selected five theatre companies to work alongside them for the next ten weeks to improve and establish their work as artists:
Buglight: devise work around research and improvisations with an interest in the human condition and what it means to be human.
The52: invite people to talk to them about what scares them. They make intimate, interactive encounters that are lead by the audience.
Tribe Arts: aim to break barriers and boundaries within society that shackles development, revolution and enlightenment, by amplifying the stories and voices of the current Black and Asian generations.
My Big Phat Writers Group:  is a writers group to support BAME scriptwriters. Previously they have had support from, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Script Yorkshire and BBC Writersroom.
Travelling Shadow Theatre: an ever-evolving collective exploring puppetry, visual theatre and live art.
Throughout the process the companies will be taking part in a series of expansive workshops led by experts in the field of theatre and arts.
Almost every Tuesday evening (18:30) the essential workshops will be opened to the public, free of charge and available to anyone with an interest in pursuing, or further establishing, a career in the arts industry.  For more information and the full programme of free workshops please visit:
This week saw the launch of the programme. On Tuesday (05/07/16) evening a fantastic panel of leading practitioners opened up a discussion of what it means to be ‘an artist’.
Led by Jess Brewster (Co- Artistic Director of Theatre Delicatessen): Terry O’Connor (Forced Entertainment), Nina Segal (Producer current National Theatre touring show Beyond Caring), Max Cunningham (Director and Founder of The Bare Project) and Sarah Jane Palmer (Installation artist and founder of Muriel Design), embarked upon an hour or so of truly engaging conversation that posed some great questions about the arts: what does it mean to be professional, how do we value art, where does your art come from, who do you want to see you work?

Departure Point will now start to unpick these questions. It will look in detail at funding, marketing, promoting and of course creating, innovative contemporary art.
The resident companies will be rehearsing in the (now not so abandoned) cloisters of Theatre Delicatessen, working from the stimulus of the building, their experience and interests, and growing practical knowledge to create some new and exciting work. Follow @MoorDeli for photos of their progress as they begin to transform the once rather gloomy spaces of this forgotten building.
Departure Point will culminate with a final showcase of work created by the associate companies on the Thursday 15th September 2016.
For any questions about the project, workshops, resident companies and final performance please email:

Posted on 11th July 2016

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