A WARWICK University-born theatre company is coming home to the Midlands after celebrating their latest successes.
Fresh off the back of being named Associate Company with the Camden People’s Theatre, Barrel Organ theatre company are showing off their latest work-in-progress, ‘I’m Not Lonely’ at this weekend’s First Bite Festival in Birmingham.
The company, established by University of Warwick alumni in 2013, has gone from strength-to-strength since graduating from the Coventry-based university.
From sweeping the board at the National Student Drama Festival awards last year, to performing a sell-out run of their first play, ‘Nothing’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Barrel Organ have been tipped as ‘a company to watch’.
Now the group of budding theatre-makers are celebrating being named Associate Company with the prestigious Camden People’s Theatre.
The Associateship provides the company with funding and offers them use of the Theatre’s space to develop and share their latest work.
Speaking exclusively to The Observer, Director Ali Pidsley said he and the company were ‘over the moon’ with Barrel Organ’s latest successes.
He added: “To be an Associate Company with Camden People’s Theatre is a great honour.
“There is a fantastic network of very exciting, talented young artists working with them, so being an Associate Company means that we can continue to see the work of other young makers.
“Given that we were programmed before our Edinburgh run, it was massively generous of the team at Camden People’s Theatre.
“The leap of faith they took in programming a relatively unheard of graduate company was huge, and it means so much for us as makers to feel that we have the backing of people who believe in us – it is really important for young companies starting out.”
But, not ones to rest on their laurels, Barrel Organ are keeping themselves busy in the coming months with a small regional tour of ‘Nothing’; an Edinburgh Fringe Festival run of their new show ‘Some People Talk About Violence’; development of ‘I’m Not Lonely’; and an Autumn stint at the venue where their theatrical career started – the Warwick Arts Centre.
Barrel Organ are performing as part of the First Bite Festival at the Mac Birmingham on Saturday, May 2, with tickets available online at www.macbirmingham.co.uk