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Watford Palace welcomes Rifco Arts and nabokov to their new home

01 Apr 2011

Watford Palace Theatre welcomes acclaimed theatre companies Rifco Arts and nabokov to a new home in Watford from June this year. Both Rifco and nabokov are currently Creative Associates of the Palace. These major developments in important relationships see both companies relocate to the Palace and the East of England.

Rifco Arts will become a Resident Company with all its team based full time in Watford when not on tour, whilst nabokov will make the Theatre its administrative office and the base for its theatre producing and East region based events.

The Palace’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Brigid Larmour explains: “Developing relationships with Creative Associate Companies has been an important part of my vision for the Palace for a number of years. Rifco and nabokov moving into our building creates exciting new opportunities for our organisations and staff to work even more closely together. The collaborative, creative and learning opportunities presented by being situated in the same building are immense.”

Rifco Arts will become the first British Asian Theatre company to be based in a regional producing theatre in the UK. Rifco develops and creates vibrant, accessible and high quality theatre to encourage and engage new and diverse audiences. Its work reflects and celebrates the contemporary British Asian experience with a focus on artistic excellence, new writing and ambitious programming. Rifco has been pushing boundaries and introducing a new kind of audience to the world of theatre both nationally and internationally for the past 12 years.

Rifco’s Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar explains “Rifco and Watford Palace already have ambitious plans together. The Palace are a major partner with us in our Autumn 2011 national tour of Britain’s Got Bhangra, which will be rehearsed and open in Watford. We are already delivering participatory projects in partnership and are in discussions about developing another major new show for 2012.  To celebrate our move to the East of England, we’re co-producing a celebratory stage-show Rifco Arts: A Celebration at the Palace on 26 and 27 May”. 

nabokov are dedicated to making work in response to immediately relevant social and political themes. The company was formed in 2001 and are a forum for artistic collaboration and innovation, dedicated to cultivating a young audience and distributing work as widely as possible. nabokov will be collaborating with Watford Palace on its new show which will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer before being performed at Watford Palace on 2 and 3 September. nabokov’s last collaboration with Watford Palace, Bunny by Jack Thorne, won an Edinburgh Fringe First.

Artistic Director Joe Murphy says “nabokov’s existing co-producing relationship with Watford Palace takes on a new level through our increase presence at Watford Palace. We’re already talking to the Palace about audience development opportunities around young audiences, and are working closely with Theatre staff on the realisation of our next show, with production and dramaturgical support already in place”.



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