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Case Studies — Mentoring

The selection of our mentoring and training projects below gives an idea of the range of ways we work with other artists. If you think we might be able to help you and your process, then do get in touch.

“Without Third Angel’s hugely generous and thoughtful mentoring support Action Hero would not exist. At many key points in our formation and development as a collaboration their brilliantly incisive advice has played a crucial role in the decisions we’ve made. Their continuing support is one of our most valued professional relationships.”

Action Hero

Action Hero 

Since 2005 we have worked with Action Hero (pictured, top), giving career development advice. Whilst this has naturally included discussion of their work, these conversations have focused on professional development, company identity and business planning. The focus and content of these discussions has evolved from more general “running a company” advice to more specific developmental issues as their profile and success has grown.

Joely Fielding

Joely was selected for the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme 2016, and we worked with her on the development of her show This Is Your Sex Life.

TAMS is incredibly important for artists like me that need time, space and support in order to move through to the next stage of development in our practice. The scheme allows artists at earlier stages in our careers to learn directly from those that have been in our position and have successfully built and sustained a creative practice. TAMS is different to other schemes in that it offers a really hands-on approach - in my intensive week-long mentorship, Rachael really jumped into the project and worked with me every step of the way.

Photo: Reed Ingram Weir

Unfolding Theatre: Best in the World

Alex spent a number of days visiting the making process for Best in the World, throughout the life of the project in 2011/12. He gave feedback and advice on the developing work, and, at the invitation of the team, joined in the devising process of the show when we were in the room. In addition to this was an ongoing conversation, by phone and in person, with director Annie Rigby about making and touring theatre in general and Best in the World in particular. See full length case study

“[Alex] was a mentor who reminded me how good the show was when I was losing the faith, and a mentor who asked the questions that gently got to the nub of what wasn’t working.”

Annie Rigby

Faye Draper: Tea is an Evening Meal

Faye approached us to mentor her show Tea Is An Evening Meal, commissioned by Northern Stage for their Northern Stages season. We were able to support her with rehearsal space for the making process. Alex joined her part time as a co-devisor, offering making processes, structures and techniques to enable Faye to make her first solo show. The premiere in Newcastle was followed by a national tour and short run at Northern Stage at St Stephen’s at the Edinburgh Fringe.

“Alex & the whole Third Angel team generously supported me throughout the devising, rehearsal & performance stages of Tea. They offered masses of time, space & advice & acted as a sounding board for both creative & practical decision making. Alex joined me up in Newcastle & Edinburgh as well as for parts of the tour ensuring I never freaked out & helped the piece to continue to grow & improve. I’ll always be grateful.” 
Faye Draper

“My time being mentored by Alex has been an immensely valuable space to think deeply and carefully and what I do, and how and why I do it. Alex is infinitely patient and infinitely wise and invariably guides me towards a deepened clarity about my work, my ambitions for it. Without him I’d just be flailing around half the time.”

Daniel Bye

Daniel Bye

Our work with Daniel is an ongoing series of conversations about project and career development, from making processes and touring logistics, from international touring to audience collaboration. This follows Daniel’s move from several years of ‘directing for hire’ into creating more of his own work, such as The Price of Everything and Going Viral.


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