2011 - 2014, various venues around Kent
2012 Canterbury Culture Award as 'Cultural Pioneer'
As part of Accidental Collective, I co-created Pot Luck's first season with Daisy Orton. We co-produced its second season (2013-14) with Cathy Westbrook and Phoebe Marsh as associate producers.
Pot Luck was more than just another scratch night! It was an artist-led and award-winning platform dedicated to supporting performance-makers, showcasing and developing their work, and building bridges between artists and new audiences. We programmed a variety of work by over 70 artists, from theatre to dance, from cabaret to live art. In a nutshell, it was like tapas but in performance! In its second season we also had a commissioning strand, which saw different headline artists create new work in response to each location; they were: Daniel Somerville, Marcia Farquhar, Little Bulb Theatre, Genetic Moo, Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari, and fanSHEN. There was always also opportunity to mingle, have a drink, and chat in a friendly and informal atmosphere; part scratch night, part showcase, part networking, part party!
Every Pot Luck event was different and has its own unique flavour. Rather than being based in one place, it moved from venue to venue. In its two seasons, Pot Luck travelled to the Jolly Sailor (Canterbury), Tom Thumb Theatre (Cliftonville), Creek Creative (Faversham), The Ballroom (Canterbury), Gulbenkian Theatre (Canterbury), Limbo (Margate), Marine Studios (Margate), The Criterion / Blue Town Heritage Centre (Sheerness), The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury), The Avenue Theatre (Sittingbourne).
Pot Luck was funded by Arts Council England and Kent County Council. More information about it here.
“Pot Luck is very exciting, accessible, approachable and always more than the sum of its parts.” (audience member)
“Really cool idea! Never experienced this venue like this. The work by all the artists was great, and made even better by the fact some of it was ‘rare’ and you could meet the artists – like a mini-community tonight! Great work.” (audience member)
"Pot Luck offers a platform for performing work that has no equivalent and did not exist before. There is now a place where performance artists from a wide spectrum of performance art disciplines can go and try things out, and where we can keep updated with what everybody else is doing. It's not surprising that it has so quickly become a key player in the region's artistic scene.” (Estelle Rosenfeld, artist)
Images courtesy of Pete Fry.
Videos courtesy of Hope Fitzgerald, and Jason Brooks.