Charity Details

Maverick Theatre Company
Registered Charity Number: 1143050
Location Of Benefit: UK Local (Birmingham)
Address for donations: 2 British Grove, London, W4 2NL

Maverick came to be after former BRMB and BBC presenter Nick Hennegan wrote and directed Henry V - Lion of England at the mac in Birmingham in 1992. Local Musician Robb Williams wrote an original music score. Management company Starward (then managers of Jasper Carrott and Phil Cool) were impressed enough to take the production to the Edinburgh Festival in 1992. After critical success at Edinburgh, Maverick Theatre was created as a not-for-profit company with a mission to increase access to the performing arts through the presentation of contemporary classics and new works with a local voice. Maverick was officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 1994. Flushed with the democracy of the Edinburgh Fringe, Nick Hennegan created Maverick's original proposition. "Forget the TV for a night. Don't rent a DVD. Come down the pub and see where it all started. No retakes, no cameras, no going back, just live action with real people right in front of you. Have a pint, a pie and a fag and if you don't like it you can have your money back." Twinned with the mission to create a new theatre-going habit with socially excluded communities from the estates of South Birmingham was a desire to include and encourage new artists and technicians. Many successful theatre professionals started their careers with the Maverick Theatre Company.