The New Diorama Theatre may be a fringe venue but it is only just north of Euston Road so it’s pretty central and accessible. And, since the departure of resident company Quicksilver last year after the axeing of that group’s ACE funding, director David Byrne has worked indefatigably to put the venue on the map without the specificity of a single resident company.
For a start he’s managing to raise £18,000 from donors and sponsors to support companies. He has, for example, Santander, whose head office is next door, on board for the 2012 season along with British Land and Regent’s Place.
And there’s an impressive range of work in the pipeline coming from NDT’s four associate companies: Idle Motion, Spare Tyre, Third Party and Faction Theatre Co. Shows include Idle Motion’s The Seagull Effect next month and Pell Mell’s Death Song in May but do look at NDT’s website because it’s a full programme and I’ve picked only a couple of examples at random.