From The Furnace

From The Furnace is a new initiative to complement The Hawth's existing programme.

Building on the success of in-house productions, a new Creative Department has been established at the venue.

Creative Associate Sarah Slator will oversee the ongoing development of the initiative. Sarah brings a wealth of experience with her from her role as Artistic Director of This Is My Theatre and as both a director and choreographer for productions and theatres including Chichester Festival Theatre, Chapterhouse Theatre and Icon Theatre . Sarah will oversee an in-house production every season, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy high-quality theatre but also provide the chance for community members to work alongside professionals both on stage and behind the scenes.

The continued engagement of the community at the venue will be a key focus for the new department which will be looking to grow The Hawth Youth Theatre further in order to draw young people into the arts; building confidence, skills and imagination in the next generation as well as continuing to offer opportunities such as the popular Theatre Summer School.

In addition, the very best industry professionals will be brought in to offer a participatory programme of workshops for the wider community, welcoming new individuals through the doors to engage with the latest creative experiences. By removing barriers to participation The Hawth hopes to engage and inspire those in the local area.

The Hawth Creative team also aim to see the theatre become a hub for Art makers, forging relationships with and offering support to selected ‘associate artists’. Giving them rehearsal space, access to expertise, and technical help while the work they produce will enable the venue to present an exciting, diverse programme of events. 

Using our collective knowledge, contacts, skills and experiences we hope that Hawth Creative will allow us to engage and inspire our local community, build on existing relationships, develop new ones and be recognised as a centre of creativity, whether that be through our own high-quality work or the support we are able to give to others in our industry.

You can find our current workshops here

You can find details of our latest production here


If you're a theatre professional or member of the public and you'd like to hear more about our work click here.





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