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Innovation Award winner goes to Glastonbury

Tue 16 May 2023

Since 2019, Trinity Laban has run the Innovation Award, which forms part of the conservatoire’s strategy to help emerging artists develop their voice and innovate in the cultural industries.


The award provides final-year students with a platform to grow as creators, offering significant support in the form of professional development and seed funding so awardees can realise their artistic and business ideas.

One of the 2022 Award winners, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate Phoebe Noble and 13 Months Theatre Ltd, went on to use the funding and support for their first ever summer season.

Grumble Cat, their children’s puppet production (pictured), was co-created by Phoebe Noble and fellow alum Jessie Hadley, and first performed at the Little Angel Theatre, Islington as part of the Camden Fringe Festival. It heads to the Kidzfield for Glastonbury 2023.

Phoebe reflects back on the opportunity given to her by Trinity Laban: ‘The Innovation Award was such an important launching point for us and our show. We were able to perform our show and continue to develop it and push for further opportunities. I was incredibly encouraged by my Innovation Mentor – the most valuable part of the award for me – Lucy Drever. Lucy was the perfect person to meet with throughout the year and talk through my ideas and the challenges I was facing.’

The soundtrack to Grumble Cat is in the process of having a cast recording, and the hope of the imaginative collective is that the production goes on to be a children’s book!


Full list of 2022 winners:

  • Phoebe NobleNatasha Spencer LevyEllie Drayton and Holly McConville (Musical Theatre) for 13 Months Theatre
  • Shaye Poulton Richards (Music) for Upon A Mother’s Death
  • Iolla Grace (Music) for InsideSound
  • The Grounding ProjectRuby De Ville MorelMila Fernandez and Melissa Heywood (Dance) for The Water Series
  • Ashley Lim and Isabelle Long (Dance) for Transcendance
  • Ebony Robinson (Dance) for Diversity in space and styles


To find out more, visit our Innovation Award webpage.

Photo credit: Alex Platt