Since 2007 Theatre Delicatessen has conceived, created and managed six “pop-up” creative spaces to house their own work and communities of like-minded artists. By pioneering ongoing relationships with a range of stakeholders including property developers, councils, and private donors they have created a unique artistic business model without significant traditional funding.
After staging a series of acclaimed plays, in 2010 they launched their first collaboration with other artists, ‘Theatre Souk’ in an derelict college just off Oxford Street. This ground-breaking festival and emerging artist support programme, premiered 15 new immersive performances from emerging artists, and signalled a change in direction for the company. So far the festival has been reincarnated 3 times, as ‘Bush Bazaar’ for The Bush Theatre in 2012, SPACED2014 at the ex-BBC London studios, and Horror Souk in Sheffield in September 2014. It’s provided £60,000 of direct financial support, space and workshops to 58 companies from around the UK.
In February 2011, Theatre Delicatessen was profiled in The Observer as one of the “Bright Young Things Changing British Theatre.” The same year Theatre Delicatessen began its transformation from a theatre company to an arts organisation when it took over CurvingRoad Ltd, a charity whose mission was to support artists in the development of their practice and career.
In 2012 Theatre Delicatessen took residency in the ex-BBC London building on Marylebone High Street. Between 2012-2014 a collective of emerging theatre and live art companies, designers and creatives – Halfcut, The Lab Collective, Stamp Collective, Fergus Waldron, Dan Simon and Kat Heath – helped manage the venue, create art and support artists.
The space become an incubator for interactive, participatory and promenade performance including Theatre Delicatessen’s Henry V, Halfcut’s ShelfLife, The Lab Collective’s The Pinstripe Trilogy, Stamp Collective’s Moralgorithm, and DifferencEngine’s Heist.
They currently have bases in London and Sheffield. Theatre Delicatessen has a core staff of 8 supported by approximately 80 casual staff and volunteers. They have supported over 2000 artists, providing £250,000 of direct financial support to artists and over £500,000 of subsided rehearsal, development and performance space.
With a focus on supporting artists working in non-traditional forms, they provide a home, training, mentoring, production support and delivery for some of Britain’s most exciting emerging and established theatre makers and creatives, including Shunt, China Plate, The Lab Collective, Fevered Sleep, Plunge, Youaremine, The Friday League, Jake Orr, Circumference, No Feedback, Make a Difference Trust, Lemonade & Laughing Gas, Sad Siren, The Bare Project, and Forest Sounds.