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When 53two was established, we always knew that as part of our commitment to the arts we wanted to give back to the Manchester community. We've been running the charity for over two years now and it's time to start the return.


53two are delighted to run 'FOUNDation' - a fund set-aside specifically for emerging artists in Manchester and the North West. We have pledged to give back what we can to artists from across the spectrum. Whether this is in monetary format, production support, provision of venue, sponsor or other, we intend to put the money we can afford to share, back in to what we love.


There's no specific requirements for the fund - if you have the passion to produce your own work fill in the form below to be considered. If we think that you are showing all the signs of a grass roots artist/group and you have taken the initiative to get the ball rolling, you're on our radar.





The Awards:

Our second full-scale FOUNDation production came to the arches in July 2018 with Two Time Theatre being created to create astunning & powerful piece called 'Tea & Two Sugars'. The play was written following the recent fall in screenings for cervical cancer and so, 53two mentored and supported the company from conception to stage show whilst also raising money for Jo's Trust.


Since the incredibly successful FLUSHED took our first bursary, their continued work took them to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival and on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. We were then delighted to donate the space and our support to the team behind 'Roman Candle'. Their new writing and dedication to get the production on its feet, despite suffering several set-backs, was what drew our attention. It's this passion, in an over-saturated and increasingly difficult industry, that deserves our full attention.


We're also delighted to have teamed up with top-flight Drama School Italia Conti and their BA (Hons) Acting Course who hold their auditions at 53two. The need for auditions in the North is imperative, and allows those actors who might not otherwise be able to afford the expense of a London audition. On top of this, FOUNDation offers one auditionee a bursary to take them into the 3rd year to use on headshots, CV's and professional Preparation. Our first bursary to Italia Conti was offered to training actor Phoebe Holmes.


We're also delighted to use our charitable status to support SWITCH company of young creatives and the RX elders as we support their work through workshops and provision of space for rehearsal and performance of their new writing.


You can read testimonials from our patrons, about the work we do, here.


The FOUNDation bursaries and support are open to all. For more information and to apply, please follow the link below. All applications are considered.





Charity Number: 1179418



Tamsin Stanley

Lawrence Evans

Jane Anderson

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'It was fantastic to be supported by FOUNDation to put Roman Candle on for two nights at Theatre 53two. This allowed a run out of the piece after a week of development in London and before we took it to Edinburgh. It was amazing working with Simon and his team who made us feel so at home and gave us all the support we needed.


Perhaps best of all though, as a northern actress, was to have the opportunity to perform in my own region and for family and friends to come along and see my professional debut.


The icing on the cake was the 5* review we received from NorthWestEnd which gave us a great platform to market Roman Candle on in Edinburgh.


Thanks so much for your help and support.'


Lisa Marie Ashworth - Supported by FOUNDation

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'The 53two FOUNDation award has been so vital to our development as a company. Being a theatre company founded from recent graduates, there was a definite sense of stepping into the unknown. When we approached the team at 53two and they let us know about this initiative we couldn’t have been more happy.


With this being our first production as a company it was extremely helpful to know that if we had any questions Simon and Alex were only at the other end of an email or a phone call. There help in terms of marketing, rehearsal spaces and venue costs meant that Flushed could have a much bigger impact than it otherwise would, and as a result of this help we were able to take the production to Underbelly for the Edinburgh Fringe. We couldn’t be more grateful to the whole team at 53two and would recommend anybody and everybody

to apply to this great scheme.'


Theatre Unlocked - Supported by FOUNDation


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