How We Work | Adverse Camber


Adverse Camber is a leading production company that makes new performance work with storytellers and musicians at the top of their field, tapping into a global ‘well’ of source material that speaks to us today.

The company commissions, produces and tours shows which reflect contemporary issues and the diversity of contemporary society through a modern approach to storytelling with music. We inspire new thinking about storytelling through extensive research and intensive investment in artistic development and a thorough, high quality approach to marketing and audience development. We also create bespoke projects, engaging people with storytelling.

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We begin each project with a creative development process, whether working on a new show or a piece which has already been developed.

We’re fascinated by the creative conversations that happen when people come together to work with stories.  We listen attentively to our audiences, as well as artists and promoters, to understand how stories and new or traditional music continue to speak to us today.

We draw a creative team around each piece, with the ‘authoring’ artists at the centre of that process. We explore how to create the best possible context for audiences to engage deeply with the work. We often work with a show over a long period of time, exploring the new and different ways in which stories, audiences, artists and places interact.  We work with directors and designers, marketing specialists and audience development experts, as required by the particular challenges of each show and tour.

Adverse Camber works with a wide range of venues and partners, across England, Wales and increasingly internationally.  We develop tours and projects in response to  promoter and audience feedback and increasingly co-commission and develop new work through collaborative partnerships, with artists and venues.

Tour venues include:

  • mac birmingham
  • Derby LIVE
  • Cambridge Junction
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford upon Avon
  • Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
  • The Albany, Deptford
  • North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Literature festival partners include:

  • Ilkley Literature Festival
  • The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
  • Off the Shelf Literature Festival, Sheffield.

Rural touring partners include:

  • Beaford Arts
  • Take Art
  • Carn to Cove

Our latest new piece, Dreaming the Night Field: a legend of Wales has been commissioned with Felin Uchaf Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the University of Cardiff School of Welsh, building on tours to arts venues and rural venues over the past few years.  We also present work internationally, including at Riksscenen in Norway.