Associate Ensembles

At the top of our list of supported companies are our five Associate Ensembles.

Individually, they showcase the very best of what a theatre company can be, both in terms of artistic output and organisational development. As a group they demonstrate the breadth and diversity of work, styles, genres that we support and present here at NDT.

NDT Associate Ensembles are not just companies we are supporting, but are expected to help us in delivering and refining our mission. There is an expectation that they will be active members in the NDT community, supportive to the other companies working at the theatre and see a wide variety of work. Occasionally, these companies also act as ambassadors for New Diorama elsewhere.

Breach Theatre

A multimedia performance company founded by Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens, and produced by Ellie Claughton. They collaborate with actors to create politically engaged, formally exploratory shows that blend drama and documentary.

Notable shows at NDT: Joan of Leeds (2019) and It's True, It's True, It's True (2018).

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A multi award-winning theatre company with a national and international reputation for exciting, inventive new work. They are writer Al Smith, writer-director James Yeatman and writer-producer Lauren Mooney.

Notable shows at NDT: Dinomania (2019), Trap Street (2018), Still Ill (2016) and Dog Show (2015)

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Lost Watch

Formed in 2013 by Rianna Dearden, Olivia Hirst and Agnes Will. They create award-winning shows based on honest and gripping stories. 

Notable shows at NDT: Left My Desk (2018), Flew The Coop (2017) and Goodstock (2015).

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The PappyShow

A playful physical and visual ensemble theatre company. Formed in 2013 by Kane Husbands. They create joyful and tender physical work. 

Notable shows at NDT: BOYS (2018) and GIRLS (2019).

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Rhum and Clay

Born at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 2010, a multi-award winning theatre ensemble led by artistic directors Julian Spooner and Matthew Wells. Passionate about finding new stories and bringing them to the stage, they collaborate with writers, musicians, dancers, designers and anyone with an interesting story to tell.

Notable shows at NDT: The War of the Worlds (2019), Mistero Buffo (2018), Testosterone (2017) and Hardboiled (2016).

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