Gulbenkian is committed to nurturing and supporting emerging artists, in particular graduates of the University of Kent and local artists. Look out for the Made In Kent stamp in our brochure. In Spring - Summer 2012 there are exciting performances from The Noise Next Door, Sparkle and Dark, Kent Dance Society and many others.
Here are a few of the fantastic companies we have been working with:
A slapstick comedy group, they work together to create hilarious high energy sketches following the lives of three brothers, Dick, Derek and Ernie. Suitable for all the family the Three Half Pints create comedy that is nostalgic, with a modern twist. Come and see them and experience the lives of three shorter than average men, struggling to get by in a world that's just too big for them. Following a brilliantly received Edinburgh run this year the Three Half Pints have joined up as the comedy group in residence at the Gulbenkian.
"The Three Half Pints dazzle with well executed Monty Python-esque humour... this show is sure to captivate you"★★★★★- Three Weeks
Wide Eyed Theatre Company
East Kent arts company specialising in handmade storytelling. Wide Eyed formed to bring the ancient art and enjoyment of storytelling to new audiences through contemporary performances and workshops. Inspired by a love of stories from across the global and cultural spectrums we endeavour to explore new ways of using this oral tradition to promote self-expression, imagination and learning. Wide Eyed Theatre Company run the Gulbenkian Youth Theatre in association with the Gulbenkian and School of Arts, University of Kent.
Graduate Theatre Company at the School of Arts, University of Kent and with Creative Youth (IYAF) as one of their Creative Talent companies, Little Cauliflower's work often features animated objects, puppets and elaborate sets: making the ordinary extraordinary. Their shows premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 and 2012 and they will be performing at this year's Brighton Fringe, so dont miss Street Dreams - "..a touching, funny and thoroughly slick production" ***** Broadway Baby and The Machine - "Playfully silly and visually captivating, The Machine will send adults and children alike into gleeful fits of laughter."**** Three Weeks
Bright Shadow is an associate company of the Gulbenkian, Bright Shadow is a community performance company whose mission is to strengthen, value and celebrate the lives, stories and character of communities and individuals and to enable those individuals to be active members of their community. Specialising in creative workshops, performances and experiences, the company have produced installations for outdoor theatre festivals, drama workshops for pre-school children, creative communication projects for professional organisations and have a programme of work dedicated to working with people with Dementia. In 2012/13, the company will be focusing on expanding their Performance and Dementia programme, creating a new installation for 1-5 year olds in partnership with the Gulbenkian and facilitating a community play project with Claque Theatre company - amongst other things!
T. B. PInstallations in small and unusual spaces
Graduate Company at the Gulbenkian 2011-2012 this is a company specialising in site-specific/responsive installations which incorporates the use of visual art, film and music to transport the audience into a world of creativity. Exploring old themes in new ways, they raise questions relevant to our contemporary life. Recently seen at Brighton Fringe 2012 showcasing their performance Pique and previewing their new installation \ / at the Gulbenkian in Spring 2013.