Horizon Arts

Horizon Arts was established in the summer of 2003 to create original, provocative and engaging theatre productions. Theatre that would challenge the artists and the audience. Theatre that would entertain and illuminate. Theatre that would inspire and respond…Theatre for a new generation.

Formed by Artistic director Philip Stokes, the company has expanded to include Hayley Shillito as Company Manager, Marie Dalton as Technical Manager and Craig Lomas as Multimedia Manager. Based at Wakefield Arts Centre, Horizon Arts began by creating full scale in house productions using young actors from the West Yorkshire area.

The fifth production ‘Everyone Should have a Gun’, was the first to be premiered at the Edinburgh Festival and was critically recognised for it’s distinctive house style and unique take on ‘Theatre for a New Generation’. ‘My Filthy Hunt’ and ‘Elvis Hates Me!’ premiered at Edinburgh in 2007 and 2008 respectively and solidified the company’s reputation with audiences and critics alike. In 2009 Horizon Arts signed with Richard Jordan Productions and produced Heroin(e) for Breakfast. The show went on to win the Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award and the Adelaide Fringe Holden Street Theatre Award. In 2010 Uber Hate Gang premiered at Edinburgh for a sell out run. The continuing partnership with Richard Jordan saw more critical recognition and touring at home and abroad for My Filthy Hunt and Heroin(e) for Breakfast. In 2010 Heroin(e) for Breakfast was nominated for Best Theatre Production and Best Theatre Performer at the Adelaide Fringe.

Horizon Arts is now regarded as ‘The UK’s hottest young theatre company’ (BBC) and continue to create original productions on a global stage.

Horizon Arts delivers high quality touring theatre productions and a range of educational and corporate workshops. Horizon Arts still uses young actors from the West Yorkshire area for both productions and workshops. Since its conception, Horizon Arts has been a non-profit making, self financing company.

Philip Stokes is represented by the literary agent Hilary Easton at Straight Line Management. hilary@straightlinemanagement.co.uk

It is our intention to produce theatre that...

... is written, directed and produced without compromise.
... examines universal issues in new, exciting and challenging ways.
... is inspired by cinematic iconography, rock n roll philosophy, stand-up comedy and moral ambiguity.
... engages on a human and instinctive level.
... goes beyond acting into a genuine emotional investment from the actors.
... breaks traditional theatrical convention and audience pre-conceptions.
... isn’t divided by class, intellect, background or finance.
... should be thrilling. An audience member should watch it and think… ‘I want to be in that. I want to do that. I could do that…’

Artistic Director

Philip Stokes

Company Manager

Hayley Shillito

Technical Manager

Marie Dalton

Multimedia Manager

Craig Lomas

Richard Jordan Productions Ltd is a busy London based international award-winning production and theatre general management company that has produced or co-produced over 150 productions of plays and musicals in London, New York, and 16 other countries, enjoying associations with many of the world’s leading theatres producing organisations. His past productions have been the recipient of a number of awards including: The Outer Critics Circle Award; The Lucille Lortel Award; The John Gassner Award for Best New American Play; Two Helen Hayes Awards; Four Obie Awards; Six Scotsman Fringe First Awards; The Herald Angel Award; The Carol Tambor Award; Two Total Theatre Awards; The Spirit of the Fringe Award; The Icelandic Mask Theatre Award; The Tap Award; the US Black Alliance Award; The Adelaide Festival Award. Nominations include the Drama Desk, the Dora Award, and the Tony Award. In 2000 Richard was the first recipient of the TIF/Society of London Theatre Producers Award and was nominated for the 2008 Theatrical Managers Association/Stage Award for Achievement in UK Regional Theatre. He has been listed for five years in the Stage Newspaper’s Top 100 UK Theatre professionals. In 2009 Richard was a finalist in the British Council’s first ever Creative Entrepreneur Awards. In 2010 he was invited to become one of the new entries for on-going inclusion in A and C Black’s annual publication; Who’s Who.

Richard first spotted Horizon Arts at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007 with their production of My Filthy Hunt at the Zoo Venues but they had not produced a programme so he did not know how to contact them to tell them he had enjoyed their show! Thanks to the Fringe Society he found them again the following year with Elvis Hates Me also at the Zoo. In 2009 he was asked to become involved with the company as their mentor and together they have produced Heroin(e) For Breakfast at the Underbelly which went on to win the Fringe Review Award and the Adelaide Fringe Holden Street Theatre Award. The production has subsequently played a sell-out season in Adelaide, and in London. In 2010 they produced together Uber Hate Gang again at the Underbelly, and in 2011 they are producing together My Filthy Hunt in the UK and internationally and Laundry Boy. Thanks to the Edinburgh Fringe Richard Jordan and Horizon Arts now produce together worldwide.

Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, Mews Studios, 16 Vernon Yard, London, W11 2DX
+44 (0)207 243 9001 | richard.jordan@virgin.net

Horizon Arts Ltd is Registered in England & Wales - Reg No: 06728264
Registered Office: International House, 221 Bow Road, BOW, London, E3 2SJ.

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Alternative Company Names

Horizon Arts With Richard Jordan Productions, Horizon Arts with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd