Associate Artists will work with Cast for a period of three years, with Cast offering a financial contribution to a creative project, production support, and programming within the Second Space. Further support included as part of the commitment includes free rehearsal and office space and access to the Cast team, providing assistance with marketing and fundraising.
The Growth House are a theatre and film company based in the north of England, creating dynamic, music-based projects that are intimate, emotional and – in their words – sweaty. Their founders and directors are Sam Dunstan, Christopher Finnegan and Peter Pearson, who have been collaborating for over 5 years. They are currently producing BIG STRONG MAN which will be presented at Cast from 14 – 18 June 2023. Whilst exploring masculinity, this show is a celebration of northern culture and community spirit styled as part cabaret, part gig; with song, dance, comedy and karaoke.
Tawny Kay is a local emerging producer and performer of burlesque and cabaret. She creates, supports and funds artist development activities for emerging burlesque talent. Her ethos centres on promoting and enabling representation from global majority, non-binary and disabled communities and encouraging body positivity. Tawny regularly presents shows in the Second Space at Cast, this year Tawny’s show is THE BOOBY TRAP Saturday 28 October 2023.
Deborah Rees, Director at Cast said:
“We can’t wait to see what these two very different Associate Artists bring to Cast, and in turn look at how we can support them. As a charity and Doncaster’s theatre we are always looking for ways to develop the local ecology, and we’re thrilled about the opportunity to learn from The Growth House and Tawny Kay and to explore the creative diversity they will bring to our great city in Cast’s 10th anniversary year.”
Company directors at The Growth House, Sam, Christopher and Peter, said:
"We are so excited to be amongst the new generation of associate artists at Cast. Our work is multi-disciplinary, socially focussed, part party, part protest and all theatre! We invite local artists, businesses and communities to collaborate with us to make Doncaster the place to be for top quality and boundary pushing performances. Cast has been a part of The Growth House since its inception and we are proud to now stand with them and Tawny to show that the best culture is created together. Don't Grow Up, Grow Out."
Tawny Kay, producer and performer, said:
“My main focus is to showcase a diverse cast, whilst bringing international acts to Doncaster. Creating a safe space for both performers and audience members. I’m so excited to be an associate artist at Cast and create more live, ethical theatre shows.”
The Associate Artist programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Growth House – Photography by Rasha Kotaiche