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“One of the most exciting and indispensable producing outfits working in British theatre”

Fuel is a producing organisation working in partnership with some of the most exciting artists in the UK to develop, create and present new work for all. Fuel is currently working with artists including: Will Adamsdale, Clod Ensemble, Inua Ellams, Encounter, Fevered Sleep, Lewis Gibson, Gyre & Gimble, Nick Makoha, Racheal Ofori, Frauke Requardt, David Rosenberg, Andy Smith, Sound&Fury, Melly Still, Tom Stuart, Uninvited Guests and Melanie Wilson.

Fuel was co-founded in 2004 by Louise Blackwell, Kate McGrath and Sarah Golding nee Quelch. From 2004 – 2017 Louise and Kate led the organisation together and made over 100 projects with over 25  artists and creative teams, experienced by over 400,000 people. Together they grew the infrastructure and resource for the company from a tiny start up in a cupboard at Battersea Arts Centre that employed just those two, to an established UK producing organisation with an average £1 million turnover and regular, long term support from Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust and Esmee Fairbarn Foundation. Louise and Kate were recognised as two of the Stage’s Top 100 most important people in theatre in 2016.

Fuel is led by producers for whom artists and audiences are the primary driving force of their passion. Live performance is unique and it is that human interaction that inspires them. The shows Fuel and the artists they work with make have a loyal audience, growing on a daily basis, from all over the world – from their home in London, to all of the regions of the UK, to international venues. Fuel want to discover more about this audience, to build it, and to diversify it. What they do is perfect for developing audiences for live performance who might not attend other arts events or more traditional theatre, but who could engage on all sorts of levels with the experiences they create.