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Company of Angels rebrands as Boundless Theatre

Rob Drummer, artistic director of Boundless Theatre. Photo: Christian Sinibaldi Rob Drummer, artistic director of Boundless Theatre. Photo: Christian Sinibaldi
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Company of Angels, which makes work for young audiences, has relaunched as Boundless Theatre in a move it says reaffirms its commitment to making “bold, fearless and enterprising” theatre for young audiences.

The relaunch comes as new artistic director Rob Drummer announces his first production in charge of the company. Natives by Glenn Waldron will run at Southwark Playhouse in March 2017.

Drummer was appointed this summer and has joined the company from London’s Bush Theatre, where he was associate dramaturg.

Speaking to The Stage, Drummer said he wanted to “really interrogate how to make the case to teenagers and young people that theatre is for them”.

Under his direction, Boundless will work with an advisory board of 15 to 25-year-olds, who will contribute to programming and artistic development decisions.

Boundless Theatre's advisory group of of 15 to 25-year-olds. Photo: Christian Sinibaldi
Boundless Theatre’s advisory group of of 15 to 25-year-olds. Photo: Christian Sinibaldi

The company will produce two shows each year, and Drummer said he hoped his second production would tour.

Drummer added that he hoped to make the company truly reflective of contemporary society.

“Theatre can become a bit of a silo from the rest of culture. You get these great cathedrals of culture that don’t necessarily feel like they’re speaking to immediate streets around them,” he said.

The company, founded in 2001 by John Retallack, focuses on touring new work nationally and internationally, and Drummer said he hoped to build on Retallack’s plan to engage with partners in other countries.

He hopes engaging young audiences will inspire them to pursue careers in the arts, saying his ambition was to meet young people as audience members and encourage them to make a piece of work for the company.

“It’s about making it an open conversation and connecting those dots,” he said.

Boundless Theatre will be providing guidance to students on Drama Centre London’s MA in dramatic writing as part of its outreach work, which also includes continuing the company’s existing programmes.

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