Ardent Theatre Company

ARDENT8 2020

In 2020, we launch the third year of the ARDENT8 project: an annual programme of workshops, talks, mentoring and professional performance for Acting graduates from outside London who face financial and geographic barriers to accessing opportunities and employment within the industry.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1161320)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Often, the most talented of actors will have given up before they’ve even realised their full potential because they are unable to access other cities that provide greater cultural employment and development opportunities. The barriers faced have nothing to do with lack of talent, rather they are down to socio-economic and/or geographic circumstances that prevent them accessing opportunities enjoyed by their London-based or more affluent peers.


Each year, the ARDENT8 project delivers: • 10 practical acting workshops led by industry professionals. • 1-week professional performance at a London Theatre at Equity minimum rates. • Ongoing advice and mentoring. • Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs. • Professional, paid CV credits. • Information and knowledge sharing on the business of being an actor. • Network opportunities. • Peer learning.

  • Being part of the Ardent theatre company has given me the starting point, the kick off to the career that I trained for, for many years. Before this project I was battling to accept that I would never be able to even give my acting career a go, to even get to the audition room.

    — ARDENT8 Participant 2018

  • Making new connections/relationships with people in London has closed the distance up for me. Knowing industry professionals and having friends in London doesn't make it feel so far away and the thought of moving to London isn't as daunting anymore.

    — ARDENT8 Participant 2018