Katy Weir and Scott Young are joint Artistic Directors of North-East based new-works company ODDMANOUT, working across the region, nationally, and internationally.
As a producing organisation, they offer an extensive programme of participation and performance opportunities and projects including The Foundry actor training programme at Darlington Hippodrome, The Artist Exchange programme with The Market Theatre Laboratory, South Africa, creative engagement activities with Darlington Borough Council, and a producing programme.
They have a strong track-record delivering and managing publicly funded activities in Darlington and beyond, with notable support from Arts Council England, Darlington Borough Council, The British Council, and Darlington For Culture.
‘While we’re at it let’s talk about indie theatre companies. Locally engaged, forging creative relationships, building from the roots up. Take Teeside outfit OddManOut. Largely a two-person company, they attract associate artists like a magnet, and nurture writers who seek to surprise audiences.’
ODDMANOUT have produced 4 full length new texts, ‘The Guest’(2012), ‘Weather to Fly’ (2016 – Journal Culture Award Finalist) ‘From there to you…’ (2017), and ‘Floorboards’ (2019), a 2017/18 performance residency for ‘Chilli Sauce’ and ‘If I Should Wake’, and a 2018 International premiere of ‘Encountering the Other’ (2018- Connect ZA – British Council award winner) with The Market Theatre Laboratory, South Africa.
Their work focuses on engagement with members of the wider community, working with over 4,125 people since 2016, in Darlington, the North-East, and as far as Johannesburg.
RAY SPENCER MBE (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CUSTOMS HOUSE THEATRE)
Featured Image Credit: Scott Akoz