AsCend – post graduate development


AsCend is an exciting extension to our work and is a collaborative, contemporary arm to the company, providing first job opportunities to the cream of Arts University Bournemouth Graduate Acting Students. For the 2018/19 season  we are proud to present: Phoebe Sharman, and Sorcha Martin in Escaping the Storm  touring England’s theatres, arts centres, and schools in Autumn (October) 2018 and Winter (January/February) 2019.


Phoebe Sharman graduated with a First Class Honours degree; and Sorcha Martin a 2.1 Acting Honours.

Arts University Graduate 2018
Sorcha Martin
Arts University Graduate 2018
Phoebe Sharman


AsCend luminaries – from AUB since 2013, include:

Tish Mantripp (Design), Phoebe Sharman, Sorcha Martin, Emily Rowan, Sophie Fretwell (Design), Ieuan Jeffcott, Jessica Chloe Young, John Hatziemmanuel, Georgina Riley (Stage Management), Sam Lovatt, (Design), Maya Aitken, and Mainga Mayeya.


Combining crafted storytelling with simple, inventive design, AsCend’s emphasis is quality, multi-media performance, and a strong connection to our audiences. AsCend was conceived as an adjunct to AsOne Theatre Company, to provide a stimulating work experience for recent theatre practitioner graduates; facilitating a worthwhile launch pad into our industry, whilst gaining new skills and working along-side experienced professional practitioners on all aspects of production, rehearsal and touring. AsCend aim to create fresh, inventive pieces of theatre using either existing text and/or new writing; seeking excellence in all aspects of production, design, devising, writing, composing, and performance. We are keen to equip each AsCend apprentice with an excellent reference, launching them into a fruitful performing arts career; whilst informing, engaging and entertaining a wide audience.

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AsCend’s first touring  production 2013 was Diene Petterle, Neil Monaghan, and Christopher Heinmann’s thought provoking ‘100’ with an imaginative, energetic approach to story-telling and a huge heart that will leave the audience buzzing with images, thoughts and questions. ‘100’ is an Edinburgh First winning production – realised anew by AsCend in collaboration with acclaimed director Peter John Cooper. Directed by Jacqueline Avery and Peter John Cooper Music by Simon Swarbrick.

‘ Beautifully executed … its sheer unaffected simplicity is an integral part of its power… … this is a show that you will carry around with you long after you have left the theatre’