The Lowry's Associate Artists

Associate Artists

Through its Associate Artist programme, The Lowry develops deep and long term relationships with a small number of locally-based companies with outstanding potential. They receive core funding, commissioning opportunities and highly specialized bespoke support as they establish themselves on the national stage.
Our Associate Artist programme is generously supported by Arts Council England and The Eranda Rothschild Foundation.

Our current Associate Artists are listed below.

Kill The Beast

Manchester Theatre Company

Kill the Beast are a multi-award-winning comedy theatre company formed in 2012. They have mounted three full-length, critically-acclaimed productions in association with The Lowry that have played to sell-out audiences across the UK. 

Key audiences: Comedy and Drama
Get in touch:  Website | Twitter | Email

Over the last few years we have supported Kill The Beast to take significant steps forward in their creative practice and developing a national profile for their work. We have supported them to build relationships with other venues, develop innovative techniques for projection, present work across studio and midscale spaces and create a new home for the company in Greater Manchester.

Their key projects for 2017-18 is focusing on a new horror comedy studio show which is in development and will preview mind-June 2018 (TBC). KTB are also extending He Had Hairy Hands for digital platforms.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (June 2012) Kill the Beast’s relationship with the Lowry began with their inclusion in the Developed With programme in 2011, during which they created their first ever piece, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs – an adaptation of a twisted tale by Dr Who’s Tom Baker. A grisly comic farce, delivered with their now signature cartoonish visuals and slick physical storytelling, the production went on to a short run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a performance in the Lowry’s Quays Theatre the following year, and the company’s first national tour in 2014.

He Had Hairy Hands (July 2014) Kill the Beast’s second show, and their first original story. A 1970s-detective-noir-werewolf-mystery, this murky, hilarious tale previewed in the Lowry Studio in June 2014 before taking the Edinburgh Fringe by storm. Since then it’s toured twice nationally, collecting a Manchester Theatre Award and a Peter Brooke Award along the way.

Don’t Wake The Damp (July 2016) the company’s third show, a narrative-driven comedy inspired by ‘80s sci-fi, ‘90s gaming and cracking superhero theme tunes. It previewed at the Lowry in July 2016 before winning five-star reviews and a Stage Edinburgh Award at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and returns to the Lowry Studio in October 2016 as part of a tour of northern venues.


Barnsley & London Theatre Company

LUNG is dedicated to making work by communities, for communities, with communities. Touring work from Bradford to Battersea, they are committed to crafting political verbatim theatre, platforming innovative new writing and facilitating high-quality engagement and participation programmes. With The Lowry’s support, LUNG are establishing organisational strategies and priorities and developing a national profile for their work.

Key audiences: Drama | Political Theatre | Socially Engaged Theatre
Get in touch: Website | Twitter | Email

Their focus for 2017-18 is working on a national touring piece of Who Cares, a production commissioned by The Lowry and created over a year with four young carers from Salford; Trojan Horse, a new verbatim drama about racial tensions within the schools system in Birmingham.

Chilcot (May 2016) We commissioned Chilcot, a production that juxtaposes verbatim material from the Inquiry into the Iraq War with personal testimony from service people, their families, Iraqi fighters, refugees and others affected by the war in a challenging production that explores accountability. The piece previewed at The Lowry before undertaking a two-week, main house run at Battersea Arts Centre a month before the Chilcot Report was published.

Who Cares? (November 2016) This brand new verbatim production follows the stories of a small group of Salford young carers. Based on a full year of interviews, Who Cares? gives a rare insight into the untold stories of young carers with humour and honesty. The production was commissioned by The Lowry and Salford Young Carers and will premiere at The Lowry in November 2016 before touring across community settings in the north west.

Art with Heart

Salford Theatre Company

Art with Heart are an award-winning company who create performance, participation and education projects with a focus on engaging women, young people and diverse communities in the arts. 

Key audiences: Drama | Political Theatre | Socially Engaged Theatre
Get in touch: Website | Twitter | Email

They make work with a social conscience, exploring themes such as identity, mental health, social justice and equality with humour, hope and heart. They join the Associate Artist programme in 2017 after the success of Declaration, an autobiographical one-woman show exploring Sarah Emmott’s journey to diagnosis for adult ADHD. 

Their work with The Lowry over the next year will include exploring how The Lowry can better support artists and companies with experience of mental ill health.

Their focus for 2017-18 is a national tour of Declaration and starting work on a new production for young, deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Colour The Clouds

Salford Theatre Company

This Salford-based company provide a unique theatrical experience for family audiences, combining accessible new writing with engaging, original music and vibrant physicality. 

Key audiences: Family audiences
Get in touch: Website | Twitter | Email

Their supporting workshops and wrap-around activities mean their audiences feel welcome, safe and involved as they are taken on fantastic theatrical adventures. 

They join the Associate Artist programme in 2017 after the success of Aleena’s Garden, a sensory production for 0-3 year olds made through Developed With The Lowry.

Their focus for 2017-18 is a national tour of Aleena’s Garden and a potential commission for a Christmas show in the Studio 2017.