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The ARDENT8 project aims to support actors from low-income backgrounds who have graduated outside London. Often, the most talented of actors will have given up before they’ve even realised their full potential because they are unable to access other cities that provide greater employment and development opportunities.

The aim is to give them a taste of life as an actor in London to access opportunities within the industry they have otherwise found inaccessible, but which Ardent Theatre Company believe is no more than an equal opportunity. In doing so, they will develop their skills further in a professional context that also introduces them to key industry practitioners.

The programme consists of the following:

  • 10 practical acting workshops led by industry professionals.

  • 1-week professional performance at a London Theatre.

  • Ongoing advice and mentoring.

  • All travel, subsistence and accommodation costs paid covered.

  • All performances treated as professional engagements paid at Equity minimum rates.







Arts Council England
Cockayne - Grants for the Arts
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Ernest Cook Trust
The Foyle Foundation
The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund
The London Community Foundation
The Mercers' Company
Teale Charitable Trust