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The recipients of the second round of MGCfutures Bursaries have been announced!


Bursaries have been awarded across a range of theatrical disciplines including directing, writing, producing, choreography, and video design. Offering both financial and on-going mentoring support from the MGCfutures team, our recipients come from across the UK.  Click on the recipients names below to find out a little more about their projects and how the Bursary will support their career development.

Samuel Bailey – Writer

The bursary will go towards work-shopping Samuel’s new play – Shook – with a creative team led by director Jesse Jones.

Poonam Brah – Director

Poonam’s bursary is to support development work with playwright Azma Dar for a new play called NOOR about World War 2 agent Noor Inayat-Khan. It will also enable her to progress her career by emboldening her directing voice and strengthening relationships with the industry.

Oliver Dawe – Director

Oliver will use the bursary to support a two-week R&D workshop exploring the theatrical language of his adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s young adult novel The Devil and His Boy. Oliver was a MGCfutures Bursary round one mentee.

Ellie Dubois – Performance Maker

The bursary will support the first stage of R&D on a new contemporary circus show created by Ellie.

Rebecca Durbin – Producer

The bursary offers Rebecca the chance to spend a fortnight shadowing a professional theatre producer, helping her to develop the skills to produce her first play as a freelance producer.

Sophie Gunn - BSL advisor

Sophie’s bursary will help her build experience by creating an innovative platform to effectively communicate a new site-specific show to deaf people through the use of screen technology.

Debbie Hannan – Director

The bursary will cover actor and artists fees for Debbie to direct an R&D workshop of an exciting, surreal new play by Sarah Kosar about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Polina Kalinina – Director

Polina’s bursary is to help her transform a successful BBC radio drama into a theatre piece.

Lanre Malaolu – Choreographer

Lanre’s bursary will enable a development workshop week on a new piece - Elephant in the Room - dance theatre solo that explores the complexities of experiencing mental illness as a man and dissecting the stigma attached to it.

Eve Nicol – Director

Eve’s bursary will fund a week-long workshop of Parlour, a new production about online punishments for real world crimes.

Project O – Collaborative duo making performance

The bursary will build sustainability of Project O by providing a ‘home’ for their work over 6 months; a place to meet, reflect, plan anew, immerse themselves in a growing multi disciplinary artistic community. Project O are Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small.

Margaret Perry – Writer

The bursary will enable Margaret to finish writing Collapsible, a play for one actor about a young woman who loses her job and gradually ceases to believe in her own existence.

Danny Prosser – Massive Owl – Theatre Company

The bursary will support Massive Owl to undertake research, led by company member Danny Prosser, into artist-producer relationships and provide seed funding for the company to work with a producer for the first time.




Franny Anne Rafferty - Mercury Theatre, Colchester – Assistant Director

Franny will work with Artistic Director, Daniel Buckroyd and his team at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester on two Made in Colchester productions – The UK tour of Spamalot and The Turn of the Screw.

Alex Turner – Producer

The bursary will support three projects that will start Alex’s independent producing, enabling a career turning point.

Daniel Turner – Theatre Technician

The bursary is to support Dan in specific training to aiding his development towards becoming a Technical Director.

Oscar Toeman – Director

Oscar’s bursary will allow him to evolve and build his craft and international relationships through attendance and participation on the Lincoln Centre Director’s Lab in New York.

Ash J Woodward - Video Designer

The bursary will enable Ash to buy software and equipment to aid the content creation process, moving his video and projection design in theatre towards a more self-sufficient practice whilst also improving his design capabilities.