At the end of February NST City’s Studio space was brought to life by emerging theatre makers as part of Make it SO.
Make it SO is an opportunity for local artists to receive vital support and mentorship from Nuffield Southampton Theatres. The scheme supports people making work across all disciplines, from spoken word and dance to comedy and drama.
In 2019/2020 the project saw NST City work closely with 19 companies from across Hampshire as more than 1,200 people attended the venue to see works-in-progress. Creative Programmes Assistant, Holly Mitchell, said:
“Development of local and emerging artists is a huge priority for NST and its staff. This year’s Make It SO has been especially exciting due to the increase in audience numbers, companies we were able to support and new faces in the building, marking another step forward in our programming that supports artist development.
“The festival is the perfect chance to showcase the talent and passion these individuals have for their art forms, and we’re immensely proud of the productions staged in our studio over those three weeks.
“These companies present a very exciting cultural and creative landscape for work being made in Southampton in the future and it’s been a huge privilege seeing the companies in Make It SO evolve and grow over our short time with them.”
As well as giving emerging artists a safe space to present work, Make it SO introduced first-time audiences to Southampton’s newest flagship arts venue to see performance that featured past and present youth theatre members, ACE-funded artists and fledgling companies.
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