The Ragroof Players have disbanded – but the company’s legacy lives on, with new ventures announced for 2019.
Dorothy Max Prior will continue to create outdoor arts and site-responsive performance and installation under her own name; and participatory dance events under that of her alter-ego, Dorothy’s Shoes, who will present The Ragroof Tea Dance in 2019.
The Ragroof Players disbanded on 31 December 2018, ending a highly successful twelve-year run of working together on street theatre shows, site-responsive performances, and community-engaged projects, which have included: Bridges y Puentes, Happy Feet, Shall We Dance, The Ragroof Tea Dance, and a large number of community-specific commissions over the years.
The Ragroof Players’ four co-directors – Marion Duggan, Dorothy Max Prior, Matthew Blacklock and Ivan Fabrega – first worked together as members of Ragroof Theatre (founded by Luan Taylor), which was dissolved in 2013 following ten years of success. They have subsequently (2013–2018) worked together under the name The Ragroof Players.
The co-directors would like to thank all of the many festivals, venues, and other bookers; our funders Arts Council England, National Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, and numerous local authorities; and all the other supporters of the company. Most of all, we would like to thank our audiences: accessibility, integration and participation have been core to Ragroof’s work over the years – our audiences have always been at the heart of what we do.
See contacts page for the former Ragroof directors’ contacts for future projects.
Statements from the four directors
Marion Duggan launches new company - Murmuration Arts
Marion Duggan is excited to announce the launch of a new participatory arts company, Murmuration Arts; building community through street theatre, site-responsive performance, participatory dance, and arts workshops.
Marion is pleased to announce, she has been awarded 'Develop Your Creative Practice' funding from the Arts Council and will use the fund to explore a co-creation approach for her future work. Murmuration Arts will collaborate with Canadian arts company Mammalian Diving Reflex, with continuing support from Mikey Martins at Freedom Festival. Marion has recently been invited to join The BAC Co-Creation Network.
Matthew Black joins the company as co-director, Richard Baskott manages the finances and Laura Wright is on board as producer, contact Laura here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy's Shoes to continue Ragroof Tea Dances in 2019
Dorothy Max Prior will continue to create, write, direct and choreograph outdoor arts and site-responsive performance and installation, building on her successes with Ragroof (including writer/dramaturg Bridges y Puentes, choroegrapher/dramaturg Shall We Dance); and elsewhere as writer/director on projects such as Flying Down to Rio, The Twins, Piraçara (Brazil); In My Room (SPILL, London); Sisters of Hera (Italy); and Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter (Brighton).
Her alter ego Dorothy’s Shoes will present The Ragroof Tea Dances and other participatory dance projects in 2019.
Ivan Fabrega keeps calm and carries on carpentry
Ivan keeps calm and carries on his carpentry business Fabrega Carpentry. He will also continue to produce Club Click, the Brighton based music, dance and performance club night aswell as regularly presenting the Club Click Radio Show on 1BTN (FM & DAB).
Club Click: facebook.com/soulofdirtydisco
Matthew Black continues fitness business Dance Floor Activist
Matthew Black continues to grow his fitness business, Dance Floor Activist.
His ethos is to encourage everyone to be part of a community dedicated to being active, present and involved. He encourages people to take to the floor for all the benefits that moving their body can bring. Matthew is a qualified personal trainer, and teaches group Pilates, Yoga and Zumba classes in Fiveways Brighton.