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Doncaster’s Cast announces first associate artists

Target Theatre is one of Cast's new associates Target Theatre is one of Cast's new associates
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Doncaster arts venue Cast has announced the appointment of its first associate artists, in a bid to work more closely with local theatre companies.

Puppet company Odd Ball, dance group the Wayne Sables Project and theatre companies SBC Theatre and Target Theatre are the first four associates to be linked with the organisation, which opened in 2013.

Associates will receive tailored production support, opportunities for research and development and access to office space as part of their posts, as well as receiving mentoring from Cast staff and help with their individual strategic development.

Target Theatre artistic director Brett Lee Roberts said the relationship would help the company “develop further as an organisation and be more ambitious creatively”.

“We look forward to partnering with Cast on projects within Doncaster and being part of the theatre’s and the town’s exciting future,” he added.

Alongside its associate arts programme, Cast also runs two other strands of professional development, including supporting a range of research and development residencies. These make the organisation’s spaces available to not-for-profit practitioners at all stages in their careers.

It also gives production support to artists looking to stage shows at the venue.

Announcing the new associates, interim executive director Mathew Russell said: “We are thrilled to welcome Cast’s founding associate artists and look forward to working closely with each of the on a range of thrilling developments.”

He added: “We hope that through these collaborative and vital relationship, more companies and artists will have the freedom to share Cast’s state-of-the-art building and resources to experiment, explore, and broaden their boundaries of work.”

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