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We're really excited to announce that our new website: stunlive.com has launched! Check it out for all the latest jobs, opportunities, news and events. Some of our members have posted profiles of their work so do take a look. To join us go to: stunlive.com/members/join

STUN News 2012

What we have been upto recently

I have got so much to tell you and so little time so I will be very brief.

November/ December
We met with ACE to discuss the Manchester leg of spaces project at Zion Arts. The photographs are on our STUN face book. In November we met with National Artists team to discuss the leadership, voted in a National Vice Chair Ekua Bayunu, Spaces project, IT report and evaluation and agreed to make a new more transparent decision making policy in the new year.
We started creating a new funding strategy.


Jonathon Man
We met with Jonathon Man who told us some very interesting inside information regarding gaining international work and taking shows to New York and China. He has made some invaluable contacts internationally and we hope to keep the conversation alive as he continues his journey in China. He will be back in the UK in May and we shall continue to making steps in creating opportunities for our members to start taking their work global.

Speaking of international we have some great news following our reception at DECIBEL,  Chanje Kunda  gained a six month residency in Amsterdam after  a contact made with Sasha Dees one the Decibel International Delegates. She is updating us all with her journey via face book.

We had a very creative AGM where Darren Pritchard, Benji Reid, Tony Watt, Marcus Hercules, Buzrak Mubrak, Dora Da Cruz, Sarah Sayeed shared their ongoing successes, projects and encouraged us all by sharing their success secrets and new ways of working to sustain our practices. It was very exciting! We are currently editing a video to share with you. Miselo Kunda was voted Chair.

Producer Development
Met with ACE’s Leroy Philbrook regarding the Producer Development and were advised to make an application in April when the new funding streams come through.

Met with Julia Samuels from 20 stories high to discuss how to take forward the North Road show. She knows everybody! She also told us about the current climate regarding the black network in Liverpool which helped encourage us even more to take our road show to Liverpool.

Had a national meeting in Leeds where we discussed the Spaces project, each region shared their current Hub news and agreed to focus on one or two goals per year nationally. We also asked Isobel Hawson if she would share her experience with ST via video and proposed different ways of transfer of knowledge.

That is it for now...

Free Cocktail or Cupcake for members, subscribers and potential members if you complete our Rebrand Survey by August 11!

We are rebranding STUN and as a member/subscriber we want to include you within this process. The questions we are asking on the survey are all on one page, and you will be rewarded with a mini STUN cocktail and cupcake day or evening for just a few minutes of your time. You are valuable, and your opinion is very much appreciated. Click the link below to go to the survey.

Thanks Missy

Northwest Artists feature in Decibel

NW Hub will be hosting a reception on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15th

Northwest Artists feature in Decibel
Hello Hub

Wow the summer holidays went far too quickly. Decibel is just around the corner. I am delighted to now be able to formally announce that Sustained Theatre will be hosting and coordinating a few things at Decibel this Year. The NW hub will be hosting a reception on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15th and will start at 6.15pm for one hour. It will be held at the Zion Arts Centre and we will be catering for 300 people. If you are a member of our Hub and would like us include your activity in our presentation then please contact me directly by emailing chairnw@sustainedtheatre.org

Have a look at the sample of great local talent that will be appearing during the festival, in the images attached.

I am also very proud to announce that Misha Bryan our star performer at our last OPEN HUB has now made it to boot camp on the XFactor. We will be helping to promote her and get your votes in the not too distant future. You heard it here first!

Miselo Kunda
NW Hub Sustained Theatre


Its been a busy 2011 in the Northwest

Message from our Chair, Miselo Kunda

Hello every-one!

What a busy Autumn we've had here at Sustained Theatre in the Northwest. I would like to say a special welcome to all our new national and international members.

We officially moved into the Zion Arts Centre this September 2011. It’s so exciting that slowly but surely the hard work, that everyone involved with Sustained Theatre over the last 6-10 years, is now finally moving forward. Thank you for your continued support.

We are pleased to be leading in developing a "Space" for Artists. Ours is the first bid, out all the HUBS around the country, into the Arts Council and the Renew programme!

The bid went in early October and we welcomed Senior Arts Council Officer Ian Perry, and his collegues Mark Cummins and Leroy Philbrook to Zion on the 21st November to clarify the contents of the application and show them the space first hand. We will get an answer in February, so watch this space for news!

We'll keep you up-to-date with news from the other HUBS in the New Year of Spaces being developed on your behalf in Yorkshire, the West Midlands, the North East and London.

We hosted a reception for all the Decibel Performing Arts Showcase and International Delegates and received several comments thanking us for the best food and wine of the week. We also gained 50 new members that evening, thanks the hard work of our leadership team. Thank you.

Next up, working closely within a new collaboration with the Manchester Mela, Kino Film, Zion Arts and Contact, we submitted an application to Creative England to run a BAME Family Film Programme in the summer 2012. If successful, we will be recruiting Artists to work with families to develop interactive creative workshops with children from 0 - 13yrs,

The wonderful Jonathan Man hot from the Beijing International Fringe Festival and New York is coming up to share his experiences with you all and to discuss our next steps internationally on the 11th January, see the article in the northwest events.

An important date for your diary. Thursday 26th January will be our AGM,

and finally, we hope you all have some fun time, some rest, and some inspiring times over the holiday period.

All the best from the STUN Leadership Team!

North West Sustained Theatre Hub

Welcome to the NW Hub

Great news, we have finally got the green light from the Arts Council for the Sustained Theatre Spaces projects to go ahead with applications for capital funding in advance of any new capital programme being formally launched.

STNW are now writing a joint business plan with Zion Arts to develop a brand new space for making new work and we are  putting our application in soon.

Hulme Music Festival
Big congratulations to Zion Arts and friends in making the Hulme Music Festival happen. The headline news in the MEN was that the festival had been axed but the people spoke and made it happen. We are somehow sustaining what we believe in. Keeping the arts alive. Funding cuts won’t stop us.

Miselo Kunda
NW Hub Sustained Theatre

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We respect your privacy and will not share your contact details with third party organisations.

Subscriber Benefits

These are the benefits that you gain as a subscriber to Sustained Theatre North West Hub:

• Free tickets to selected performance events
• Discounts from leading venues in the region for rehearsal/performance space
• Discounts from creative practitioners/service providers e.g. photography
• Opportunities to travel around the country to engage with other regional Hubs
• Opportunities to represent the Hub at national and international events
• Free e-marketing via the Sustained Theatre website
• Free bi-monthly e-newsletter to market your performances / events
• Information about regional, national and international opportunities
• Professional training and development opportunities
• Access to mentoring from key individuals in the Black and Asian Theatre Sector
• Opportunity to contribute your ideas to the future infrastructure of the Black & Asian Theatre Sector
• Access to critical debate regional events series
• Access to national debate via online forums

It's free to join Sustained Theatre - North West Hub so fill in the online subscriber form above.

For more information about these benefits, contact the Hub administrator Maya Chowdhry 

From the blog

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Tickets to 24:7 Theatre Festival available

PANDA have a special 10 ticket 24:7 theatre festival pass available for the first person to email us on info@panda-arts.org.uk to detail which shows they particularly wish to see and why. ...

Posted by am crowther, 14/07/2014

Tender Opportunity at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse together constitute one of the country’s leading theatre companies.  The company currently is going through a significant time of change with the building...

Posted by pauline walker, 17/07/2013

Emergency, Manchester, call for proposals

The 14th Emergency is now calling for proposals. emergencymcr.org Taking place on Saturday 5 October at BLANKSPACE  and Z-arts, Manchester, we now invite artists working in live art,...

Posted by Tamsin Drury, 12/07/2013

VACANCY: Arts Admin (part-time)

As Arts Administrator, you will act as a central information point for Hercules Productions and support the Artistic Director by overseeing the administration of a varied range of projects and the...

Posted by Sarah Gbeleyi, 24/08/2012

Hulme is where th Arts is

We Are Looking For Local Performers, Musicians, Artisans, Children’s Entertainers to get involved in “Hulme Is Where The Arts Is” on the 4th August 2012 in Hulme Park Performance...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 09/07/2012

Linda Brogan

I’ll read your script, short story, ten poems, or simply an idea; digest it; meet you face to face for up to two hours to feedback and discuss how you achieve the next draft.  ...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 09/07/2012


THE FUTURE ARTISTS FILM CLUB - Every two weeks at the BLACK LION, CHAPEL STREET, SALFORD, M35BZ, For the love of indie film.Join the group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/218603054927972/ help us...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 09/07/2012


North West, Cumbria Closes Friday 1 June 2012 Paid (£20k-25k) Full time Artform: theatre  Contact: Angela Fairburn angela.fairburn@theatrebythelake.com     Description...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 31/05/2012

Administrative Assistant, Green Close Studios

North West Closes Friday 1 June 2012 Paid (£10k-15k pro rata) Part time Artform: combined arts  Contact: Pete Flowers info@greenclose.org     Description The Administrative...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 31/05/2012


North West, Cumbria Closes Friday 1 June 2012 Paid (£20k-25k) Full time Artform: theatre  Contact: Angela Fairburn angela.fairburn@theatrebythelake.com     Description...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 31/05/2012

Bigga big people Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Music from 60 years ago to present day   15th June 2012 at the Hulme Hall Claremont resourse centre Rolls cresent  M15 5FS   8pm til 1am   Young Blood promotions...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 31/05/2012


MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES You Make It launches its second Ladies Who L-EARN programme and invites you to come on board as a mentor! You Make It is a not for profit company whose programmes seek to...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 23/05/2012

Poet Lorna Goodison

Yardstick is proud to present poet Lorna Goodison, internationally recognised as one of the foremost Caribbean writers and recipient of the Jamaica 50 Cultural Medal of Honour. This event celebrates...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 23/05/2012


The Bad Bugs Bookclub presents... THE PAINTED VEIL by SOMERSET MAUGHAM Film screening and book club Tuesday the 29th May, 6pm Room E231, The John Dalton Building, MMU The Painted Veil is a 1925...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 23/05/2012

Pinocchio Casting Call

Pinocchio Casting Call Production Name: Pinocchio Production Type: Theatre Salary: £400 pw Location: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA Duration: 11/06/12 – 22/06/12...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 15/05/2012

Conversations with the Collection (Part 3)

Over the last three years, Peter Scott Gallery has opened up its work and collections to local residents of all ages to co-curate three unique exhibitions.  In the third and final instalment...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 11/05/2012

When Prison is your world, how do you function within society?

Prison Game ‘When prison is your world, how do you function within society?’ Young trainee producer Sarah Gbeleyi goes to meet and interview Performer/Writer Marcus Hercules and talks...

Posted by Sarah Gbeleyi, 26/04/2012

Writer and Director Opportunities : Tight Deadline

Please find below some information that may be of interest to your members. There are bursaries available for a writer & director development scheme. Writers need to have a current theatre...

Posted by Maya Chowdhry, 13/04/2012

Grosvenor Park Young Theatre Company: Young Writers Call...

Chester Performs is inviting writers aged 16 – 24 years to submit script proposals for a one act play, which will be performed in August at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. We are looking for...

Posted by Maya Chowdhry, 12/04/2012

male dancer for the premiere of a new jazz dance

HMDT Music is seeking a black male dancer for the premiere of a new jazz dance suite choreographed by Sheron Wray & composed and performed by Julian Joseph (with his sextet). The Brown Bomber is...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012

Arts bursary to honour memory of Leeds schoolgirl

05 March 2012 An arts bursary to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds has been launched by Leeds Metropolitan University in memory of nine-year-old Yorkshire schoolgirl Shamirah Grant....

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012

'The Echo of Pain of the Many

Dear Associates and friends, WFA is hosting a special screening of this important and moving feature length documentary 'The Echo of Pain of the Many  directed by Lucia Cuevas who worked as...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012

The Little Big Woman

A favourite comedy star of both TV and Radio, including The Real McCoy, Absolutely Fabulous and The Lenny Henry Show, Llewella Gideon brings the stage production of her highly successful BBC Radio 4...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012

"WOL Sale Open Mic with Keisha Thompson, Richard Lancaster and John Darwin"

WOL Sale Open Mic with Keisha Thompson, Richard Lancaster and John Darwin 17 April at 19:30 Location: Waterside Arts Centre   Write Out Loud presents…. Write Out Loud Sale A great...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012

Bottled Wasps 18-21 April

Organised Chaos Presents: Bottled Wasps Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st April 7:30pm £5-£7 per ticket Joshua Brooks 106 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG (the junction of Charles...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012

Vintage Kino night

Vintage Kino night at the Three Minute Theatre - if anyone fancied taking a break from whatever you are doing and watch some Free Cinema Movement with the film "We Are the Lambeth Boys"...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012


Friday 4 May, 1.00pm Hercules Productions presents PRISON GAME Marcus Hercules presents the story of a young boy whose circumstances lead to a world of drug use and crime. PRISON GAME explores life...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 12/04/2012

'Prison Game' Marcus Hercules

'Prison Game' Marcus Hercules invites an audience to view the sharing of his new work-in-progress, Prison Game Performed at theon May 4th 2012 at 1pm Royal Exchange Studio Prison Game sees...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 30/03/2012

Actors wanted £6.50 p/h

North West, Nationwide Closes Sunday 1 April 2012 Paid (£10k-15k pro rata) Part time Artform:theatre   Contact: Brad Rowbotham Brad.Rowbotham@MerlinEntertainments.biz...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 30/03/2012

Youth Theatre leader (£20k-25k pro rata)

North West Closes Thursday 12 April 2012 Paid (£20k-25k pro rata) Part time Artform: theatre  Contact: Hayley Lindley hayley.lindley@cheshireeast.gov.uk     Description...

Posted by miselo1@yahoo.co.uk, 30/03/2012

LiveAMP- Doin’ Moon ‘Conversation’– NW Hub

NW Hub - Creating, Connecting, Innovating, Transforming…

North West Sustained Theatre Hub and the Performing Arts Network & Development Agency will defiantly be ‘Raising the Roof’ for Sector artists in the region…

The North West region of England ’s creative sector is a vibrant ecology of differing Sector artists, organisation's and  venues that contribute to the performing arts sector.

Sustained Theatre Hub North Westand the Performing Arts Network & Development Agency (PANDA) have started a process of partnership build that assists Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Sector artists to benefit from industry experiences of the performing arts sector.

Over the next year, key discussions will be take place that identifyopportunities that  allow Sector artists growth. PANDA and North West Hub will be encouraging new build of cross linked projects that focus upon the ‘cultivation’ of regional talent. This includes; membership growth for both networks, new mentoring opportunities with the industry, professional development of skills that feature opportunities for artists to secure bookings and  touring opportunities.

South Africa Grahamstown Festival

As part of the new emerging partnership with PANDA, Leadership Team North West will be promoting the PANDA publication ‘Northern Exposures’at South Africa’s Grahamstown Festival (www.nafest.co.za), a key international festival for makers of theatre and performance.

‘Northern Exposures’ provides quality information on a selection of North West Sector artists who work in theperforming arts sector of dance, music, theatre, live art and spoken word.  

‘Northern Exposures’ Online Access

Artists  can learn more on the role and work of PANDA and Sustained Theatre at following websites that also have a  free PDF download of the ‘Northern Exposures’ publication at;





Sector artists interested in finding out more about the role and work of Leadership Team North West, Sustained Theatre Hub & PANDA please contact:

Anwen Lewis, Administrator, North West Hub: anwen@liveamp.org.uk

Anne - Marie Crowther: Director, PANDA  anne-marie@panda-arts.org.uk


Partner Details:

PANDA: Performing Arts & Network Development Agency

Supports and nurtures members working or wishing to work within the performing arts sector,  creating an environment for business development and growth. PANDA is for anyone interested in theatre, dance, street theatre, music theatre, live art, multi-disciplinary arts or writing for performancein the North West.

Sustained Theatre North West Hub

Represents award winning artists and companies, innovators and visionaries driven by a passion to bring new life into the performing arts. Supported by Arts Council England, Sustained Theatre is a national initiative led by Sector artists that has nine regional hubs that are operational in the nine English regions.

Leadership Team North West is a grouping of Sector artists who facilitate all delivery within the region for all Sustained Theatre Hub priorities. The North West hubs vision statement for Sustained Theatre on a regional level features;

  • Act as a network linking Black Asian Minority Ethnic theatre practitioners across the North West
  • Lobby for positive change at a regional and national level 
  • Create opportunities for Black Asian Minority Ethnic theatre practitioners to present their work at a regional, national and international level

PANDA- ‘Northern Exposures’

Download PANDA_____NorthernExposures__.pdf...