Derby & Wolverhampton: Parent Ambassador call-out
Notnow Collective is looking for Parent Ambassadors for our audience development programme in collaboration with Derby Theatre and Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre. The parent ambassadors will work on helping reach audiences for Notnow Collective’s show DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior in each city.
For more information click here.
DadMan: The Bath-Time Warrior Tour announcement
Notnow Collective is proud to announce that our newest project DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior we has been successful in securing the funding from Arts Council and Sir Barry Jackson Trust Fund, alongside the partnership from MAC Birmingham, Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Wolverhampton Aren.
In a nutshell this means a considerable growth for our small organisation: we are creating a brand new show, our 13 venues touring circuit widens beyond our Midlands borders and we go nationwide, and we will be further exploring what baby-friendly theatre is and delivering a focused audience development activity throughout the next 9 months!
Check all the information and tour dates here.
Call out: Parent Ambassador
Notnow Collective is looking for a Parent Ambassador for our audience development programme in collaboration with Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester.
We are looking for an individual who is a parent/carer local to Leicester, and very well plugged into local parent-baby groups, activities and places and local parents network.
This is a paid opportunity on a freelance contract basis (£15 per hour) ideally suited to an individual on the parental leave, stay-at-home parent or a part-time/freelance worker. It will require about 10-12hrs of work over a period of 6 weeks.
Deadline for applications is 27th April 2018. The interviews will happen on 1st May at Attenborough Arts Centre and will be fully welcoming of children.
For more information and how to apply please check here.
Call out: Performer
We are looking for a male performer (25-50) to join DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior team and play the part of DAD #2. You will be required to work for 1 week on the final R&D phase, and then rehearse for 4 weeks before the show goes out on a national tour.
The deadline to apply is midnight Friday, April 13th!
For more information, dates and how to apply please look here.
Notnow Collective are recruiting!
Would you like to work with Notnow Collective?
We are looking for a Project Manager, an Audience Development Officer and Production/Technical Stage Manager for the tour of DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior.
We are looking for three passionate, driven individuals, curious about finding the variety in the way we engage with the arts and “baby-friendly” set-up of performances, and excited about supporting a young and ambitious theatre company.
DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior is the second show by Notnow Collective, supported by Arts Council and Sir Barry Jackson Trust. The project includes nationwide tour throughout 2018 and 2019 and an audience development activity. We create work for adults to which we welcome babies. Our focus is to help the venues in engaging new audiences, in particular parents of young children. By the end of the project, we want to have helped the development of a stronger and more recognized touring circuit for baby-friendly work, laying the foundations for organizing a consortium of companies who create in this kind of immersive way.
The job is specified by the number of days. We strongly encourage people with caring responsibilities to apply as it will be up to you how you spread your working hours, and where you do them from. We will regularly meet and update on the progress of the phases of the project needing attention. Fundamentally all we want to know is that the job is done, and done well!
If you want to find out more about each position and how to apply please click on the job title you are interested in.
DadMan: The Bath-time Warrior at Departure Lounge Festival in Derby Theatre
Present day, UK. Father walking down the street pushing a pram. He runs into a neighbor who remarks: “Giving Mum a day off?” Suddenly the ancient battle-horn is sounded, and the warriors are called to arms. Only, this battle turns out to be very different.
DadMan: The Bath-time Warrior is a story about surprise, shock, change and fireworks of love.
Developed by two Croatian mothers and performed by two British fathers, it’s aim is to search and recruit the warriors for a battle that no one ever fought till now.
An eclectic mix of fiction and science, intertwined by intimate stories and combined with an epic combat with vacuum cleaners.
Book your tickets here.
Wonderwoman on tour part 2 – Lincoln, Wolverhampton and Redditch
We are packing again and hitting the road with our Wonderwoman, show for adults with baby-friendly matinee. Don’t miss the show!
3rd May 2 pm & 7 pm, Lincoln Drill Hall, LN2 1EY
5th May 2 pm & 7 pm, Newhampton Arts Centre, WV1 4AN
6th May 7.45 pm, Palace Theatre B98 8AE
Little Earthquake Mentoring Scheme
We are delighted to announce that we just became a mentored company on Little Earthquake Mentoring Scheme for the next year! Together with Noctium, theatre company from Coventry, we will enjoy all the advice, support and tips from experienced co-directors Gareth and Philip.
Check more about Little Earthquake theatre and the amazing work they have been doing since 2005!
Wonderwoman on tour part 1 – Birmingham, Stamford, Louth and Leicester
We had a wonderful time performing Wonderwoman in mac, Stamford arts centre, Riverhead Theatre and Upstairs at the Western. In each venue, we had a baby-friendly matinee and an evening show.
Here is some of the audience feedback:
- Wonderful! What an incredible show – funny, touching, moving, well scripted and totally accessible with little ones. Thank you for making me feel not alone with my feelings!
- Loved it. Could relate to so much. Fab ending.
- Great show, funny, engaging….says the things we’re all thinking but don’t say out loud. Soft mats and nappy throwing are hit!
- Oh my goodness me…that was just fantastic. It made me both howl with laughter and about to cry…. I only wish I could come again with other mum friends. Will definitely recommend. Thank you!
- Fabulous – thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thought-provoking and highly pertinent accurate. Wishing you every success and looking forward to the next one.
- Tina and Kristina, you were fabulous. Thoroughly enjoyed my first time back in the arts centre after 1.5 months. Loved the show.
- Accurate. Funny. Spot on!
Scratching new material from The Fatherhood Project at Scratch That Itch Night in Derby
We were part of an exciting night of new work at the Derby theatre, scratching some new material alongside other associates of In Good Company.
After Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol and Maia Creative Nights in Birmingham, we scratched new material from our project in development The Fatherhood Project.
Here are some feedbacks from the audience:
Loved it! Loved the hoover stuff! Very true to my experience and being a new family.
Really interesting seeing the subject matter from the male perspective as generally used to seeing it from the female perspective.
Loved the element of mirroring the show and the hoover advert.
It’s very interesting, not like anything I’ve seen before.
Enjoyed the research and the hoover documentation. Really interesting to look at it from the male perspective and see where your female voice sits in it.
Really great scratch – loved it! Can’t wait to see the work’s development.
Nice balance of comedy and sincerity.
Great to see this angle on parenthood. So far the piece feels warm-hearted, light, accessible. Definitely interested to see where it goes from here and how the story develops.
Felt beautifully honest.
Arts Council Grant for Wonderwoman The Naked Truth tour
notnow Collective received Arts Council grant for the tour of Wonderwoman The Naked Truth!
We are taking the show to Birmingham, Stamford, Louth, Leicester, Derby, Lincoln, Wolverhampton, Redditch and Coventry.
Book your tickets here!
Notnow Collective is associate company for In Good Company
We are over the moon to announce that we have been selected as one of the associate companies for In Good Company. And this means 2 very, very exciting years ahead.
In Good Company is a professional development program for artists making work in the East Midlands which aims to engage, develop and inspire, and is led by Creative Producer, Ruby Glaskin. The scheme was launched in 2014 by three partner venues, Derby Theatre, Create Theatre in Mansfield and Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester, with the support of Arts Council England. It has now developed into a 5-venue partnership to include: Mansfield Venues (Old Library, Palace Theatre), Lincolnshire One Venues (Lincoln Drill Hall, South Holland Centre, Guildhall Arts Centre) and The Brewhouse, Burton.
In Good Company has been a vital addition to the artistic landscape of the East Midlands, receiving a second grant from Arts Council England of £116,000 in July 2016.
Numerous applications were received, 12 companies were invited to pitch and following in-depth interviews, we are now delighted to announce that the associate companies, artists and graduates for 2016-18 are:
Flickbook Theatre, a Lincoln-based company who are intent on devising vibrant and brave theatre. They are experimental and multi-disciplinary theatre makers who glory in the little absurdities of real life. Their philosophy is ‘Whatever floats your boat’ (but doesn’t sink anyone else’s).
notnow Collective, founded by two regionally-based Croatian artists, Tina Hofman and Kristina Gavran out of necessity to make their caring roles visible and explore ways of integrating parenthood into both professional practice and quality theatre experiences.
Louise White, an artist who is passionate about theatre without a fourth wall and whose work is highly interactive and creates a sense of community – devised theatre with participation at its heart, a mix of autobiography, social contexts and a pinch of the ridiculous.
David Ralfe, an artist who trained at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School and on the National Theatre Director’s Course. For the past five years, David has been creating and touring shows with his company On The Run, and he is currently working on international projects in China and Georgia with the British Council. Over the coming months, he’ll be setting up a brand new company, based in the East Midlands.
you can find more information about In Good Company here
Scratching new material from “The Father” at Prototype, Tobacco Factory Theatre
On Sunday 23rd October at Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol we are part of Prototype program: experiments in theatre. With other wonderful artists we will be sharing new materials from our new piece focusing on fatherhood.
Mothers who make meeting in Birmingham
This is an invitation to come along to the new Birmingham-based branch of Mothers who Make, a growing national initiative aimed at supporting mothers who are creative practitioners – professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers, musicians, film-makers, producers, designers,….every kind of maker welcome, and every kind of mother. Also please feel free to bring along your children, of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running round the room. Mothers of older children are also extremely welcome.
- When: Friday 17th June 12-1.30pm
- Where: Randle Studio, mac birmingham
- Why: Read on below….
If you would like to attend please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mothers Who Make was founded by Matilda Leyser, a London based performer and a writer. notnow Collective teamed up with her wanting to support mothers makers in our local area.
notnow Collective was founded by Tina Hofman (theatre maker) and Kristina Gavran (writer) with the aim to explore how to continue professional career whilst being a parent. Our first show Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth just finished the run at mac Birmingham, and are booking a tour for 2017. It looks into different sides of motherhood, career and multitasking, and was inspired by Lyn Gardner’s article “Parents in the Arts Need To Stage a Revolution”.
Initially we thought we were the only mothers- artists struggling to keep it all going, but with the research and networking over the past year, we found out there are so many facing similar questions, uncertainties, joys and frustrations. Being a mother is regularly accompanied by feeling of missing out, guilt or feeling of letting someone down, whether this is within our family, or our career. However, our work as individual artists, as well as notnow Collective, is profoundly influenced by our mothering and caring role, with all the order and chaos that comes with it.
“How to carry our creative selves and our children, our work of mothering and of making, is the focus of this group. If you are a mother and a maker, and if you wonder how to do both these things with fullness, I would love you to come.” Matilda Leyser
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And use our Twitter handle: #motherswhomake
After the performance
So, Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth at mac was truly successful! We managed to accompany a fabulous team of creatives with Hannah Silva taking the director’s chair and Georgie Lee being the most wonderful stage manager! More than that, we had babies in three out of four shows, and one of the shows had over 75% carers with babies in the audience! Big thumbs up for Tim Hodgson and mac Birmingham for being really passionate about investigating artistic practices: believing that parents in the arts should still have access to work, and to be able to see high quality work whilst being with their babies!
Keep tuned in, we’re planning a Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth tour for early 2017!
Tickets on Sale!!
Tickets for our show Wonderwoman – The Naked Truth are on sale! Come and join us for our relaxed, baby friendly matinee or evening performance.
Where? mac, Birmingham
When? Sunday 22nd May 2pm (relaxed) and 5pm
Tuesday 24th May 12pm (relaxed) and 8pm
You can book your tickets here
Mother’s Day at Derby Theatre
On 5th of March, Mother’s Day, we were scratching some new material of Wonderwoman The Naked Truth at Derby Theatre as part of Scratch That Itch and got some lovely feedback from the audience.”Funny characters. Great dialogue. Love it.”, “Loved the adult/kids crossover”, “Engaging”, “The nursery rhyme style collective participation was enjoying and funny.”
International Womens Day with Wonderwoman
Our friends at The Old Rep Theatre invited us to test some more new material from Wonderwoman:The Naked Truth! As part of the celebrations of the International Women’s Day notnow Collective are joining an all female line-up at an evening event, starting at 7pm.
However, as a special bonus, The Old Rep have organised a 2pm matinee for all who cannot make it to theatre in the evening, including parent/carer-baby audience. So, come and give as some feedback on our progress!
Tickets are bookable through www.oldreptheatre.co.uk
Scratching at MAIA Creatives Scratch
21st February 2016
We will be scratching some brand new raw material from Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth at MAIA Creatives Scratch evening at Centrala in Digbeth on 25th Feb 2016 at 8pm. Notnow Collective are joining line up of fabulous artists who are all trying out their brand new material. Come and give us your feedback!
Funding from Arts Council for Wonderwoman
30th January 2016
We are delighted to announce that we were awarded funding from Arts Council England for the development of our first project Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth.
So far we know there will be four performances on different days, including two relaxed parent-baby performances for carers who wish to see theatre but have to bring their babies along.
Watch this space for more info.
signing papers for Arts Council grant
notnow using #RadicalChildcare at Impact Hub Birmingham
9th Decembre 2015
notnow Collective took advantage of 3 out of four pilot sessions. This meant super-focused 3 hours of work for us, and super-creative play for our children. We are also proud to affiliate the birth of our company and launch of our website to this amazing subsidised initiative.
Read more about our experience on our guest blog post here
Wonderwomen at The Old Rep Theatre
October 30th 2015
In October we were delighted to be a part of the second ever New Work Nights at The Old Rep Theatre. This was a beginning of a beautiful friendship.
notnow at PIPA conference
October 17th 2015
On October 16th 2015 at Young Vic Theatre in London we participated at the launch of Parents In Performing Arts (PIPA) initiative. In practice, this meant having a full theatre with over 400 people and over 70 children discussing the reality and the future of being a parent in the industry. This positive experience proved that having kids present at the conference resulted in a very unique, but well managed, responsible and humane atmosphere, which is a practice we look forward to seeing develop.
PIPA’s work is currently focusing greatly on improving the services for London artists, and we are going to be this initiative in the Midlands.
You can find out more about PIPA campaign here