ETT Forge

ETT Forge



ETT Forge supports companies and producers with a proven commitment to touring. Through nationwide skills workshops and peer to peer networking opportunities, online resources, development time in ETT’s studios and curated industry sharing’s, ETT Forge provides a toolkit to support the future of touring in the UK. 
There are 39 companies and producers in this year’s ETT Forge programme:



Ragged Edge [Productions     




Scandal and Gallows      Fever Dream Theatre    Upstanding Productions

Yolanda Mercy     Salome Wagaine    Lian Wilkinson      Manjeet Mann




As part of ETT Forge, we have launched a new associate companies/producers scheme designed to establish a deep rooted and meaningful relationship with three exceptional companies or individuals each year from across the UK who are looking to develop and expand their touring relationships.

The companies/producers for 2018/19 are:

Antic Face
Founded by Co-Artistic Directors Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Antic Face was formed with twin aims: to redress a gender imbalance that persists in all fields of theatrical practice and to provide a collaborative platform for young people seeking to enter the profession in any capacity. With a strong focus on the text, the company is committed both to revisiting the classics and bringing them to a young audience, and to promoting new writing.

COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and ensure that artists from working-class backgrounds have equal opportunity to build sustainable careers in theatre. Through direct engagement with working-class artists across the country, they identify structural barriers that these artists face, which can be directly attributed to their socio-economic status. They then collaborate with partner organisations to create practical opportunities aimed at supporting the professional development of working-class artists in specific regions. Their support gives artists, who may not have the resources to do so independently, the crucial skills and experience they need to build progressive and sustainable careers in theatre, helping make the arts more accessible to those from less advantage backgrounds. COMMON is led by David Loumgair, a working-class theatre director and production dramaturg from the Scottish Borders, alongside Executive Producer Ailbhe Treacy.


Alison Holder
Alison is an independent producer with her own audio production company, LunAH Productions. She is also company producer for Helen Chadwick Song Theatre and is currently based at the Bush Theatre. Current projects include Booby's Bay (Finborough Theatre, Wardrobe Theatre), TRUTH (Birmingham Rep and National tour) and audio project Barnardo’s Black History. Previously Alison has worked with The Shout (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival) and has also worked in various positions at the Almeida Theatre and Young Vic under the artistic directorship of Michael Attenborough and David Lan respectively.