Announcing the recipients of Old Vic New Voices Start Ups


Old Vic New Voices are excited to announce the recipients of our Start Ups, which are funds of up to 1,000 for any aspect of a theatre project.

Have a read of some of the brilliant people we’ve funded:

Ardent Theatre – Cutting Off Kate Bush by Lucy Benson-Brown

A play that explores loneliness, loss and our current obsession with social media performed alongside the brilliance of Kate Bushs music. Ardent Theatres Start Up will go towards transport costs to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 for the cast and creative team.

BeFrank Theatre Company – Point of No Return by Tommy Lexen

A thought-provoking new play about the Ukrainian revolution. Their Start Up will go towards the R&D phase.

Bejesus by Joe White

A new play following the story of a group of misfit Midland missionaries attempt to stop the rot of secularism in England using unorthodox methods. Their Start Up will go towards an R&D phase.

Cardboard Fox Dont Forget to Place a Kiss on the Meat by Heloise Thual

A site-specific play about a professional butcher’s relationship with a vegan art student in Glasgow. Cardboard Fox’s Start Up will go towards set and costume.

Dizney Rascal by Rebecca Humphries

A melais of filmed sketch, parody, and duets with herself as Rebecca uncovers the questionable morals of Disney, all the while dealing with her own Princess Complex! Rebeccas Start Up will go towards creative fees and production costs


An R&D phase directed by Mark Maughan for a play that will respond to the 2013 rewrite of the Life in the UK test that those migrating to the UK must sit to constitutionally become British citizens.

End of Moving Walkway

End of Moving Walkway is a new theatre company launched in May 2014 aiming to bring high quality, thought-provoking drama to the London Fringe scene. Their Start Up will cover company start-up costs.

The Faction – Reptember

The Faction will take over a theatre for the whole of September and present a series of nine solo performances in three triple bills running in repertory. Their Start Up will go towards an R&D phase.


A new project using puppetry and knitting to tell exciting stories about the world we live in. Their Start Up will go towards puppetry materials and fees for an R&D/ devising phase.

Greenlight Theatre Company – Albee Vector the Sound Collector

An ambitious interactive children’s theatre project heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. Greenlights Start Up will go towards marketing costs and props for the production.

Grindstone Theatre Company – The Glasshouse by Max Saunders-Singer

A new play set in a British prison during WW1 that aims to draw attention to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on soldiers past and present. Their Start Up will go towards a deposit on a central London venue.

Gup-Shup by Sumerah Srivastava

Commissioned and supported by Tamasha Theatre Company, Sumerah is creating a new piece of theatre developed through workshops with young British Asians in London and Glasgow. Her Start Up will go towards the R&D phase.

Hold His Heart by Corey Peterson

A new play on bravery being developed by Corey Peterson, one of the Young Associates with Islington Community Theatre. Corey’s Start Up will go towards Cast and Creative expenses and technical equipment for the production.

Land of our Fathers by Chris Urch

Chris Urch’s debut play is packed full of blistering comedy and a generation of lost voices, set in South Wales mine in the late 70’s. Their Start Up will go towards the marketing for a West End transfer of the production.

Made By Brick Theatre – Saxon Court by Daniel Andersen

A satirical comedy that presents audiences with a unique insider experience of Londons financial heartland. Made By Bricks Start Up will go towards production costs for the show.

Makeshift Broadcast – Bright Sky Park

Through a combination of science and storytelling, Bright Sky Park makes audio tours of the night sky that will take place in park spaces across Glasgow. Their Start Up will go towards feeds for a sound designer and an astronomer.

Moving Theatre Company

The Moving Theatre has commissioned Anders Lustgarten, to write a new play tackling the international response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Moving Theatre Companys Start Up will go towards a rehearsed reading.

Moya Productions – Holiday by Raimondo Cortese and The Eistedfodd by Lally Katz

A double bill that will bringing these writers of international acclaim to the UK. Moyas Start Up will pay for a lighting desk for the production.

Nancy Collective – Mush and Me by Karle Crome

Mush and Me tells the story of the faltering friendship of a Jewish girl and a Muslim boy as it plays out across the backdrop of multicultural Britain. Their Start Up will go towards travel expenses to Edinburgh for all the creative team.

Root Theatre – Script Club

A playwriting and creative writing project that will take high quality new writing to new audiences in the Medway area of Kent. Medway Town has been identified by the Arts Council as being in the bottom 20% of arts engagement in the whole of the UK. Their Start Up will go towards R&D.

Start Ups applications are now closed. There may be opportunities to apply for funding later in the year, so sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with our latest opportunities. In the meantime, applications for the Edinburgh Lab are open until 20 May so apply now!