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Project information

ARDENT8 2019

Following the success of the year 1 ARDENT8 programme, we are aiming to launch year 2 with a new group of 8 recent graduates from Colleges of Higher Education. The ARDENT8 project enables actors from outside London and low-income backgrounds a yearlong career support programme in the capital.

December 2018 - May 2019

Charity information: Ardent Theatre Company

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  • Need

    Need

    Young working class actors, from outside London, face a disproportionate disadvantage to forging a career in the industry than their London-based or more affluent peers. Some of the barriers they face upon leaving include lack of: finance, professional credits, industry contacts, knowledge about finding work and showcase opportunities. As a result, most give up within 2 years of graduating.

    Solution

    This project goes some way to rebalancing this inequality by giving working class actors from outside London support in achieving their professional aspirations and addressing their identified barriers to entering the industry. Through 7 workshops and 1 business focused day the project improved skills, knowledge, confidence, contacts and endorsement of their abilities to help pursue their careers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase confidence, knowledge and understanding of being a professional actor.


    Activities

    » 1 workshop focused on the business side of being an actor - registering as self employed, Equity contracts, applying for work, audition technique etc

    What success will look like

    Participants will carry out self evaluation at the start and end of the project, and after each workshop to measure development and improvement.


    Aim 2

    Improve practical acting skills


    Activities

    » 7 acting workshops with professional directors and tutors.

    What success will look like

    Participants will carry out self evaluation at the start and end of the project, and after each workshop. Positive feedback from guest workshop leaders.


    Aim 3

    Increase chances for professional acting employment.


    Activities

    » Introductions to a London-based support network made up of industry professionals
    » Ongoing one-to-one career mentoring and information sharing of network events and other opportunities.

    What success will look like

    Participants gain increased auditions and/or employment opportunities as a direct result of this project, measured through post-project contact with group and career tracking.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project goes some way to rebalancing this inequality by giving working class actors from outside London support in achieving their professional aspirations and addressing their identified barriers to entering the industry. This will be demonstrated by the group being able to pursue the career they have trained for and the barriers they previously faced have been lessened. We can’t guarantee they will all succeed; but we can create the best possible conditions in which they can at least try

    Risk

    There is a risk that we are unable to secure the full funds needed. This risk is mitigated by a wide ranging funding action plan - donations, grant applications, match funding programmes - with a portion of funds already in place.

    Reporting

    We will maintain regular updates via email and share an end of project report that collates feedback and evaluation. We will also share links to online photos, video, social media posts etc.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,150 Workshops 7 Workshop Leaders & 4 guest speakers
      £1,400 Room Hire Space for 8 sessions (10am - 6pm)
      £4,760 Travel & Sub Travel for 8 participants to 8 sessions, plus food
      £200 Printing Materials for 8 sessions
      £5,400 Management Costs Fees for project preparation and delivery for 2 people
      £1,090 Contingency Reserve fund for additional unexpected costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Cockayne - Grants for the Arts £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The ARDENT8 is made up of 8 graduates from 4 Colleges of Higher Education in England. They graduated within the past 24 months and were selected on the grounds of their ability as well as their personal circumstances. The project will take place in Central London to act as a bridge between the outer region and this capital city where there is high arts provision and opportunity.

    Beneficiaries

    8 young actors aged between 12-24 from outside London, who have since given up any hope of pursuing a career in the sector.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The company was set up by Mark Sands and Andrew Muir who have over 25 years experience working in theatre and have firsthand experience of the barriers faced by the ARDENT8 having made the transition from the regions to London. We ran a very successful first year of the project, which has informed the delivery of this 2nd year. Our skill set is broad covering directing, producing, writing, dramaturgy, finance with a 5 star track record behind us of producing theatre.

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    People

    Andrew Muir

    Andrew will manage the overall content and recruitment for the 8 workshops.

    Mark Sands

    Mark will manage the overall administration and finances for the 8 workshops.

It is so refreshing to come across a theatre company aiming to cut through the wall of privilege and provide an equal opportunity for all regardless of background – this is a project I support.