Young people’s theatre company Junction 25 is to close after 14 years because of the “challenging situation” in arts funding, according to its founders.
Started in 2005 by artistic directors Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore, the company was produced by Glass Performance in partnership with Tramway, Glasgow.
Made up of young people aged between 11 and 18, it has created more than 13 pieces of new and devised work, touring to festivals and venues across Scotland and internationally.
Notable productions include I Hope My Heart Goes First – presented at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland programme – and Anoesis, nominated for a Total Theatre award at the 2013 Edinburgh fringe, which went on to Brazil’s Conexoes Festival in 2015 through the British Council.
In 2015, Scottish theatre critics awarded the company a CATS Whiskers award for “an outstanding achievement in pioneering and high-quality work by young people”.
Tashi Gore told The Stage: “Unfortunately Glass Performance has repeatedly been unable to secure core costs and Tramway has standstill funding.
“The work that we were doing was not ‘charitable’ but art making and therefore harder to justify through educational routes where numbers are the target and funding pots are hugely in demand.”
Glass Performance will continue to make new performance work in Scotland and internationally on a project to project basis.
Thorpe and Gore have written a book about the work of Junction 25 and their approach to devising theatre, A Beginners Guide to Devising Theatre, which is due to be published by Bloomsbury in September this year.