This is the Core’s local artist showcase night featuring the best new theatre from across the region. Punchy stories, bold ideas, tales of love and loss – Launchpad is where local artists and theatre companies get to try out some of their work in front of a supportive audience.

The audience are the first to see the work; they provide the artists with feedback and suggest how they might shape the work as it develops.

“Captivating” – “An exquisite collection… just fantastic” – “Such a great mix of work”
Audience comments from Launchpad, January 2016 

“Great story, brilliantly told” – “Well acted and humorous” – “Totally original and entertaining”
Audience comments from September 2016

Frantic Ignition

Frantic Assembly’s Ignition is back!

Frantic Assembly will be returning to Corby to find this year’s Ignition Company. We are excited to be joining their annual search for the next generation of performers.

As well as visiting Corby, Frantic will be travelling to other cities in the UK to find 12 of the brightest and bravest young men to form the Ignition 2017 Company, a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, create original work and perform to a live audience.

Are you male? Aged 16-20? Are you risk-taking and energetic? Do you want to be challenged and achieve what you never thought was possible? Then this is for you!

Taster workshops are an opportunity to try out Frantic Assembly’s high-energy, risk-taking, physical style. Trial workshops build on skills learnt in the Tasters and discover the Ignition 2017 Company. Both workshops are completely FREE and you don’t need any experience to take part, just bring your energy and personality!

By coming to a Trial workshop, you are also automatically part of the Back Up programme, meaning further training with Frantic Assembly and other exciting opportunities at The Core, even if you don’t get into the company.

Think you have what it takes? Sign up now by following the links below:

Taster: Monday 11 September

Trial: Monday 25 September


Text the following to 07811439706

– Full name

– TASTER and/or TRIAL + Location

– Date of birth

– Email address

– Please let us know if you have any access needs that we need to know about to support you taking part in the workshop

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Alston Inspired: A New Dance Generation

The Core at Corby Cube and Royal & Derngate are delighted to be partnering with Richard Alston Dance Company and Two Thirds Sky on the Alston Inspired project, bringing renowned dance artists and choreographers to Northamptonshire to work with young people.

This is a rare opportunity for those aged 14-19 to experience working with two internationally acclaimed dance companies in a free workshop that will provide a valuable insight into their passion for technique and choreography.

The company a selected talented young people to create a new work to be performed alongside the professional programme by Richard Alston Dance Company at Royal & Derngate in October 2017.

Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme

Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the West Yorkshire Playhouse are to host paid three-month placements as part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme, focusing on supporting people from underrepresented backgrounds.

In total, seven young directors are being placed as part of the scheme.

The Core was proud to support artist Nikki Hammond in the scheme for its productions of A Christmas Carol and 12 Days Of Corby.

The scheme’s focus was redefined in 2014, to address the number of opportunities outside of London and to ensure a range of directors from different backgrounds were able to participate.

RTYDS artistic director Sue Emmas said the scheme created “pathways for talented directors from underrepresented backgrounds to build professional careers”.