A celebration of new voices, new work, new stories

Wildcard and The Watermill Theatre are proud to partner on a new artist development programme LAUNCHPAD.

The Four Companies supported by LAUNCHPAD are:


LAUNCHPAD is intended to be a responsive programme, able to adapt to the
individual needs of each organisation. In a nutshell, the programme will provide:

  • a cash injection of up to £2,000 to put towards creating a new piece of work.
  • a week of free rehearsal space at Wildcard Studios or at The Watermill Theatre.
  • Artistic/Dramaturgical Support.
  • Producing support.

“It’s been an incredible process meeting so many talented companies through LAUNCHPAD. We’re really excited by the four organisations we’ll be supporting over the next year. The diverse range of artistic approaches and company objectives is very inspiring to see and has reminded me of the extraordinary breadth of our industry. As the programme is intended to be bespoke, and designed around the needs of each company, it really is starting to feel like the beginning of a journey for all of us and already the conversations are extremely exciting. I have every faith that these organisations have an extremely bright future ahead of them and I’m so pleased that Wildcard and The Watermill are able to support the projects and companies to help take the next step in their respective journeys.”

James Meteyard, Artistic Director of Wildcard

“The Watermill and Wildcard are thrilled to be joining forces with these four brilliant companies
to assist them in the creation of new work and see them through the next stage of their company’s
development. As we emerge out of this impossible time for theatre the energy, innovation and
ambition that we have seen from huge numbers of emerging companies through the LaunchPad
application process has served to demonstrate what an exciting future there is for theatre.”

Abigail Pickard Price, Associate Director (New Work and Artist Development) for The Watermill