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WHO WE ARE

Underlines is a new writing company striving to platform forgotten narratives and amplify emerging artists. Our work spans multiple mediums including theatre, audio, and digital forms. Through our writing, we seek to explore the past, connect with the present, and contemplate the possibilities of the future. 

We value the importance of artistic communities and recognise the integral role individuals, across all areas of creative disciplines, play in the making of new writing. Beyond putting pen to paper, new writing is seemingly never-ending rejections (and remembering how to pick yourself back up again), it's working three jobs to self-fund a fringe show, and it's the relief of having anyone in the audience on the first night. It's the dramaturgs who shape it, the actors who bring it to life, and the creative team that take it from first reads, to R&Ds, to final bows. New writing, to us, is community. We are keen to develop initiatives that allow us to support and celebrate fellow artists, as well as build connections for potential collaborations.

Underlines exists for the voices that have been quietened, the stories that have been forgotten, and the Makers that are still finding their feet.

WHY WE ARE HERE

Founded in 2015, Underlines first took the form of a new writing company designing and leading bespoke workshops to young people and community groups within Northamptonshire. During this time we had the joy of facilitating our work within events such as Fun Palaces and The National Theatre Connections Festival. We created an array of workshops incorporating elements such as STEAM education, and performance-led learning, as ways to encourage the exploration of writing, develop creative skills and fuel the imagination for participants of all ages. 
 

After company founder Antonia Underwood moved to London to study an MA in Acting in 2017, Underlines took a hiatus. During her studies and the years that followed, Antonia's approach to the work she wanted to make evolved. In January 2020 Antonia produced her debut solo show Bloody Britannia through Underlines, marking the company's first foray into producing new writing. One year on, Underlines has been reimagined as a platform for creating new writing, and a space for other Makers to connect. 

Staying true to the origin of Underlines, we took our eagerness and dedication to nurture new writers and fused it with our ambitions for creating engaging and transportive work. As Underlines embarks upon its new life, we endeavor to keep these attributes at our core whilst we continue to create, learn and grow.

 

Antonia Underwood

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Actor | Writer | Facilitator 
 

Following her BA in Acting at University of Northampton, Antonia founded Underlines in 2015. The first incarnation of the company saw her design and develop writing workshops within community groups and educational spaces. She worked extensively with The Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton as a Creative Project's Associate until moving to London in 2017 to pursue an MA in Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. In 2018 she was commissioned by the Royal & Derngate to write The Mothertongue Tales - a play for a youth-driven community project.

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During her studies at Mountview, Antonia wrote her thesis on Retelling Women's History, which she explored through developing a framework and devising the play Soldier, Saviour, Spy.
Forgotten narratives and hidden histories sit at the core of her work. 
In January 2020, she debuted her solo political-comedy show Bloody Britannia at The Bread & Roses. Antonia is thrilled to have redesigned and repurposed Underlines for 2021 as a new writing company and creative hub for fellow Makers.


 

"What a delight! A beautifully written and wonderfully performed show. As with all great one person shows the storytelling was so engrossing it felt like I saw all the other characters. It was funny, poignant and powerful. It was exactly the show I needed to see this week to give me hope for the future"

— AUDIENCE MEMBER (via The Audience Club)
BLOODY BRITANNIA

"I really enjoyed being out of my comfort zone and trying something new, without it having to be right or getting judged."

— FUEL WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT
National Theatre Connections Festival

"Antonia delivered a wide range of theatre and creative workshops on behalf of the Creative Learning Department. This includes Youth Theatre, Holiday Projects, Education Activities, and Community Events. Antonia is a very intelligent, hard-working, and multi-skilled young artist."

— ERICA MARTIN
Creative Learning Associate at
The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

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