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

Alston Inspired: A New Dance Generation

Have a passion for dance?

Sign up now for a FREE workshop with professional dancers from Richard Alston Dance Company and Two Thirds Sky.

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.

Apply now and also have the chance to be part of the wider Alston Inspired project where the company are looking for 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.

The project is aimed at young people with dance training or a passion for dance without formal training. A mature, positive and hard-working attitude is as important as dance ability, so if you love dance, have a background in dance forms that are different to contemporary dance but want to experience the style of dance used by renowned Richard Alston Dance Company and Two Thirds Sky, then apply now for one of the workshops below.

There are two workshop opportunities available:

Thu 27 April 6pm – 8pm The Core at Corby Cube, The Lab

Deadline for Applications is Sun 23 April 2017

For more information and an Application Form, please email Jodie Lees, Creative Projects Manager.

Thursday 20 April: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Royal & Derngate, Underground 1&2

Deadline for Applications is 16 April 2017

If you have any questions about the Royal & Derngate workshop, please email Trudy Bell, Creative Learning Director.

 Click here for Alston Inspired Royal & Derngate Workshop Application Form 


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”.