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Photograph of Maria Crocker in a pink headdress singing in front of a house band of singers and ukelele players
Photographer: Richard Lakos


We are unbelievably proud and delighted to announce that Unfolding Theatre has been successful in its application to Arts Council's National Portfolio. This will offer funding from 2018 to 2022 to support us to make new theatre, tour and enable lots of people to take part in our creative processes.

If you want to find out more about us and our work to date, our 2016/17 Annual Report is here. You can also download our press release here.

We were delighted and proud to win 'Performance of the Year' at the Journal Culture Awards 2017. We played live to over 400 people at the awards ceremony at Hexham Abbey. It was fantastic to pile onto the stage, house band and all, to pick up the award.

This Spring, we held an event, In It Together, at Battersea Arts Centre. The event launched Maddy Costa's beautiful 'zine, exploring the experiences of our house band players. Read about their time with us, and what happened next, here: Stories from the House Band.

After an incredible 54 shows, we'd like to say thank you to the 3,291 people who came to see Putting the Band Back Together and the 419 brave musicians who joined our house bands on tour. It's been an absolute delight to perform the show for and with you!

Seen the show and still humming the songs? Buy our CD here.

We were knocked out by this beautiful article about the show by Duska Radosavljevic. Also, find out what happened when Guardian journalist, Alexis Petridis joined our house band at Edinburgh Festival.

In other news, we've been busy with some exciting projects. 50 people joined us onstage for We, The Crowd, with Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Newcastle United Foundation. Then, up at Woodhorn Museum, over 3,000 people took part in our Winter Quest, Frost of Forgetfulness. Find out about these, and more past projects, here.

Over the last 2 years, we have been part of very special collaboration, The Mums & Babies Ensemble. We ran events at GIFT Festival, Lyric Hammersmith, London Bubble and Camden People's Theatre. Mums talked about labour, love, time passing and new life beginning. Babies played, cried, slept and fed. Now our babies aren't babies any more, we are passing the ensemble on. Our instruction manual is now onsale here. New mums and babies ensembles are already finding their feet.

Fancy finding out more about what we've been up to? Our 2016/17 Annual Report is online. Read about our adventures here.

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