Winter Mentoring Fête 2018

Presented by Improbable and Creative Job Studio

Thu 29 Nov 2018
18.30 - 20.30
New Wing

The Winter Mentoring Fête is a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of theatre companies who have been there, done that, got it wrong, (sometimes) got it right, and learned a lot along the way.

Our mentors' experiences range from producing and directing to creative co-ordination and general management, giving you an insight into a diverse array of experiences from within the theatre industry. All levels of experience are welcome: whether you are a student, an early-career creative, or a long-established maker, the evening has something for you. 

We will start with a speed-dating style set up - small groups will move from table to table and meet each of the mentor companies in turn. This is followed by a relaxed networking format, allowing you to go back to any of the mentors to ask any other burning questions you might have. This could be about fundraising, producing, dealing with artists, or just generally how to sustain your practice and profession. The room is your oyster. You might even meet a future collaborator or two!

All this with the festive magic of mince pies, music and lots of fairy lights. The event is limited to 30 places – advanced booking essential!

The Creative Job Studio is delighted to team up with Improbable for this annual get-together of theatre-makers at all stages of their career. The Creative Job Studio is a partnership between Somerset House and The Creative Society and exists to inspire and encourage young people from all backgrounds to make progress within the creative industries.

The Winter Mentoring Fête will be wheelchair accessible. If you have any specific access requirements, or if there is anything we can do to make your evening more comfortable, please let us know at office@improbable.co.uk.

List of mentors


Fevered Sleep makes performances, installations, films, books and digital art for adults and for children. Formed in 1996 by David Harradine and Sam Butler, we’ve made more than 30 cross-art form projects challenging people to rethink their relationship with each other and the world. We’ve co-produced and presented work with Young Vic, National Theatre Wales, Sydney Opera House amongst many others.  Current projects include http://www.thisgriefthing.com/ and http://www.menandgirlsdance.com/


Sophie Eustace (Executive Director)

Sophie joined Fevered Sleep in 2007 as General Manager and became Executive Director in 2012. She has overseen the development and delivery of the all creative projects over the past ten years and the significant growth of the organisation. Prior to her work with Fevered Sleep, she worked with the Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Scarlet Theatre Company, Spare Tyre Theatre Company and The Little Angel Theatre.


Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, welcoming more than 378,000 show and film audience members last year. Our diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film, and our co-produced work was seen by 115,000 people across the country.


James Dacre (Artistic Director)
James has been Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Theatres in Northampton since 2013, having previously been Associate Director at The New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and London’s Theatre503 and held Fulbright and Shubert Fellowships in New York. He has directed in the West End, at Shakespeare’s Globe and The National Theatre and at many regional theatres across the UK and abroad. He is a Trustee for Talawa Theatre Company and a 2018 Franco-British Young Leader.

Ashley Bishop (Programming & Customer Experience Director, Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust)
Ashley joined Royal & Derngate in 2012 and has worked his way up from a Programmer to Programming and Customer Experience Director. He oversees all of the received bookings as well as working with the team to programme the Northampton Filmhouse, most recently he took on responsibility for the venues, bars and front of house teams.


Clod Ensemble create provocative, finely crafted work, which is ambitious in scale and concept. We work with dancers, actors, musicians, medics, architects and orchestras. Our work is presented in London, across the UK and internationally in theatres, dance houses, galleries and public spaces.


Roxanne Peak-Payne (Producer)
Roxanne is Clod Ensemble’s Producer. In previous roles with Fuel, 14-18 NOW, The Old Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth, she worked with artists and communities to create original performances and education programmes.

Olivia Amory (General Manager)
Olivia is Clod Ensemble’s General Manager. She has worked for ITC, World Stages London, The Print Room and Cheek by Jowl. Alongside her most recent role as General Manager at the Independent Theatre Council, Olivia produced work on the London fringe with her company Rough Haired Pointer.


Improbable occupies a vital space in the landscape of UK theatre. Using the practice and philosophy of improvisation, we’ve staged epic outdoor spectacles, theatrical classics, intimate studio puppetry, devised adaptations, operatic triumphs and everything in between. Improbable also nurtures nationwide conversations and communities of artists through our Devoted and Disgruntled programme.


Ben Monks (Executive Director)
Ben has been Improbable’s Executive Director since 2016. Prior to joining Improbable, Ben was Creative Producer at the Tristan Bates Theatre. He also co-founded production company Supporting Wall in 2008, and for them produced the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Bartlett’s Bull with the Young Vic and world premieres of five plays by Philip Ridley, including Dark Vanilla Jungle and Radiant Vermin. Ben has been producer for the Women Centre Stage Festival (National Theatre) and Birds Eye View, the UK’s festival of women filmmakers at BFI Southbank. From 2009 – 2010, he worked for the Koestler Trust, delivering arts mentoring for prisoners and secure patients.


Tobi Kyeremateng  is a live performance producer from South London. She is currently Producer at Apples and Snakes and Executive Producer (Up Next) at Bush Theatre.

She has worked for organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Ovalhouse Theatre, Old Vic Theatre and tiata fahodzi, collaborated in curating experiences with companies such as Bestival, Block9 @ Glastonbury, Citadel Festival, AFROPUNK and Brainchild Festival, and delivered talks and workshops for institutions such as National Theatre, London Southbank University and Somerset House. 

She facilities Black Ticket Project - an initiative that aims to aid in accessibility to theatres for Black young people, is currently a Youth Trustee for Peckham Platform and was nominated as part of The Dot's 100 Black Creative Changemakers of 2018.


Abiola Ogunbiyi is a British performance artist and filmmaker, whose career has ranged from West End musicals (The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia!) through to regional, and international stage, and screen. She currently appears in the Sky series Jamestown, and for the last 4 years has written and self-produced multidisciplinary content focused on a social commentary of cross-cultural identity, and 21st century dating and relationship culture.

Abiola received an OFFIE Award nomination for her role in the world premiere of Girls by Theresa Ikoko (Soho Theatre) and is an activist within the arts having recently served as Young Members’ Councillor of Equity – the UK trade union for creative practitioners – and as a member of the Sexual Harassment Working Party, who worked to create the union’s recent Agenda for Change Report and Campaign.

Abiola currently lives in New York.

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