Many talented theatre companies graduate from University each year without any contacts in the theatre industry or without the skillset and knowledge of how to make the difficult transition between education and working professionally.

New Diorama provide places on our Graduate Emerging Companies Programme for up to 6 promising companies every year. 

The programme introduces these early-career theatre companies to industry professionals, while equipping them with the tools each need to continue making theatre. As well as attending talks on a wide variety of subjects, including funding, approaching venues, producing etc, the programme gives each company showcase performance dates at New Diorama completely free of charge, allowing the company to retain 100% of the box office as an investment into their work.

NDT Emerging Graduate Companies 2017/18

Dirty Rascals

Fat Rascal


Produced Moon

Red Cape Black Cape

Wonder Fools 

NDT Emerging Graduate Companies 2016/17

Certain Dark Things

Clown Funeral

Empty Deck Theatre

Fictive Theatre

Mad Like Roar

The Outbound Project

Pub Corner Poets

NDT Emerging Graduate Companies 2014/15

Asa Nisi Masa

Barrel Organ

DugOut Theatre Company

In Bed With My Brother

Fool's Cap Theatre

Haste Theatre Company

The Roaring Girls


"The emerging graduate companies scheme has given opportunities that would normally not come easy to us, such as performing at Incoming Festival and meeting industry professionals. The course and mentorship received has allowed us to transition from Graduates into Professionals. 

The recognition we received since being announced as a New Diorama Graduate company has allowed us to go on to perform internationally and form new partnerships and collaborations"  

The Roaring Girls