A Merton arts production company, nurtured from its earliest days by the Generator Business Centre, is breaking new ground this autumn by showcasing its work at the popular and highly regarded Wimbledon BookFest.

Fifth Province Productions has had contact with the Generator since 2011 when one of its directors sought start-up advice from business adviser Kevan Dunne. Further valuable advice was given when the directors decided to constitute as a Community Interest Company (CIC) and today the company remains one of the Generator’s virtual tenants. The CIC has attracted both corporate sponsorship and significant grant funding from Arts Council England to support its original and acclaimed touring production, Journey to the Fifth Province, the workwhich features in the line-up of events at this year’s Wimbledon BookFest. The two person show, which brings Ireland’s literature to life through words and harp music, has received outstanding feedback from audiences and arts organisations across the country.

As a non-profit organisation, the company was able to take full advantage of short term accommodation in otherwise empty property in Wimbledon Town Centre, made available free of charge during 2013 through the work of charity 3Space with the support of Merton Chamber of Commerce. Fifth Province Productions is now delighted to contribute to the diverse and high quality programme of events lined up for October’s BookFest. Co-Director Liz Newbery says ‘It’s a great tribute to the festival organisers that they are offering local people not only top notch author events but also innovative literature-based performances. Journey to the Fifth Province is our signature piece of work, which has played in 26 UK venues. We’re thrilled to be presenting it again, in our home borough and bringing the wonderful literature and harp music of Ireland to a local audience.’

More info: Liz Newbery, Co-Director, Fifth Province Productions CIC, 020 8540 2118

fifthprovinceproductions@gmail.com www.fifthprovinceproductions.org.uk


Performance details:

Journey to the Fifth Province

6pm Saturday 4 October, The BookFest William Morris Tent, Wimbledon Common

More info and booking details at http://wimbledonbookfest.org/Events/Events2014/IrishHistoryJourneytotheFifthProvince.aspx

 Background notes

– Fifth Province Productions is a Community Interest Company set up to provide benefit to the community, to develop and produce work of insight and value in the arts that adds to people’s experience of themselves and their culture. We work with and through established local organisations serving communities that include specific marginalised groups.

– Our touring activity takes place in the context of ‘Ireland Inspires’, the cultural strategy for 2012-16, initiated by the Federation of Irish Societies and launched by the Irish Ambassador. It follows the success of our 2011-12 tour which had funding support from Arts Council England in recognition of the production’s value in bringing artistic work of high quality to new audiences. It would not be possible to undertake this work without the key contribution of J. Murphy & Sons Limited through their sponsorship.