First Bite 2015 commissions awarded

by Kaya

China PlateWarwick Arts Centremac birmingham and greenhouse are delighted to announce the 2015 First Bite commissions have been awarded to:


  • Stephanie Ridings for The Road to Huntsville
  • humanish for Holy Presents


We would like to offer our congratulations to both companies and also thank everyone who showed extracts of work in progress at First Bite 2015 at mac birmingham on May 2nd – what an inspiring and eclectic day.

Along with our partners, we look forward to working with Stephanie and humanish to develop the shows and present them at Bite Size in the autumn.



First Bite’s sister festival, Bite Size, will take place on 7 November 2015 at Warwick Arts CentreBite Size is a national platform promoting work from across the region and is a great opportunity for industry and audiences to see a wide range of work in one place on one day. For more information please visit

About the selected artists:

The Road to Huntsville - Stephanie Ridings
Stephanie Ridings is a writer/performer. Her most recent work, Unknown Male, opened at Birmingham REP and was awarded the 2014 Peter Brook/Mark Marvin award.

I’m trying to understand women who marry men on death row. I’m trying not to be judgmental. The Road to Huntsville is an exploration into unconventional love, state homicide and challenging preconceptions. 

Written and Performed by: Stephanie Ridings
Production by: Tom Langford
Produced by: Pippa Frith

Holy Presents - humanish
A collective of female fools full of infectious energy and ludicrous character comedy, humanish met training in physical theatre (Lecoq) at LISPA.

A puppet sketch comedy starring the Holy Trinity at home for Christmas.  Idiotic, funny and endearing.

Created by: Tara Boland

Collaborators: Hannah Berry, Helena Rice, Teele Ustani
Performed by: Tara Boland, Fiona Clift, Philippa Hambly

Supported by Blind Summit