China Plate works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to develop, make and present engaging, adventurous and accessible new work.
Launched in 2006, China Plate is an independent theatre studio that works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to make original, exciting theatre that plays with form and has narrative at its heart.
China Plate are currently collaborating with Caroline Horton, Rachel Bagshaw, Chris Thorpe, Contender Charlie, Dan Jones, Inspector Sands and Sarah Punshon.
The company are also Associate Producers at Warwick Arts Centre where they develop and commission new work, Artistic Associates at the New Wolsey Theatre where they are Directors of PULSE Festival, Programmers of New Directions (the NRTF showcase), producers of innovative development programmes including The Darkroom, The Optimists (producer training) and The First Bite and Bite Size Festivals and partners with The Place, The NRTF and Take Art on the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.
China Plate are passionate about creating adventurous and imaginative new work with popular appeal. Using theatre to engage and inspire, the company takes work into venues, village halls, schools, on to the streets and to festivals in the UK and internationally.
In 2014, China Plate created, toured and programmed work for over 21,000 people (nationally and internationally) across 45 venues with a diverse programme of shows and events.
Curtain up on the future of theatre… Collier and Warwick are an impressive pair, and I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about them.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph.
What does China Plate do?
Broadly, there are three key strands to the company’s work – although every relationship is different and ever evolving, and many straddle different strands at one time.
China Plate specialise in connecting a network of artists and development opportunities with venues, distribution routes and particularly audiences.
China Plate choose every company and artist they work with very carefully, in most cases developing work based on the power of an idea rather than producing a finished product.
Every relationship is different, but in a lot of cases the company will support artists by nurturing ideas (from inception to stage) through collaborative discussion, whilst providing safe environments for work to grow alongside collaborative partners across the country.
Whilst we have a close and loyal relationship with a small group of artists we are always looking for opportunities to work with a broader group of theatre makers through programming, commissioning, development programmes and showcases.
China Plate are always interested in discovering artists and trying to see as much new work as possible, so if you have work you’d like one of the team to see (or have any other questions about what the company does) please get in touch.
Nadine is the Impact Officer for the Arts Faculty at the University of Warwick. Her role involves helping arts and humanities researchers engage the public with research by identifying collaboration opportunities, supporting funding bids, designing communication strategies and delivering training to PhD students, Early Career Researchers and full time lecturers.
Nadine is particularly interested in developing new and innovative ways in which arts and humanities research can achieve meaningful impact within all sectors of society.
Lucy is the Director of The Script Factory and the author of Reading Screenplays: How to Analyse and Evaluate Film Scripts. She works on feature projects with writers in the UK and internationally.
In 1996 Nick co-founded Improbable and has produced all their productions to date. Over that period he has also worked with a wide range of other national and international companies including Told by an Idiot, Stan's Cafe, LIFT, Phoenix Dance, Lip Service, Wierzalin Theatre (Poland), Nada Theatre (France) and Mouthpeace (South Africa).
Nina is Associate Director at Soho Theatre and leads the Writers' Centre there. Prior to this, Nina worked in the New York and regional theatres with Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film and Hartford Stage Company alongside freelance work with The Foundry Theatre, Roundabout Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club.
Nina also serves as a freelance dramaturg for screenwriters, and as a writer, her work has been produced and published in London, New York and Montreal.