Having grown to triple the size Eclipse moved into its own Sheffield office.

Spring 2016 saw our most successful tour to date. Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun was seen by more than 8,000 people and was Nominated Best Touring Production – UK Theatres Awards.

Eclipse was also Nominated for Promotion of Diversity - UK Theatres Awards.


16 Revolution Mix writers, chosen from almost 300 applicants attended the first week long residency in Sheffield.

Facilitated by Dawn Walton and Ola Animashawun and included guests from Theatre, film, TV and Radio.

Revolution Mix -The Movement Begins.


Sizwe Banzi is Dead, a co-production with the Young Vic toured in the spring of this year.

Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd was again confirmed as a National Portfolio Organisation.

Our Edinburgh Fringe production Journeys Beyond, a co-production with WAC Arts gave 13 graduates their first professional contracts.

Eclipse was awarded a substantial Arts Council Exceptional Award and launched Revolution Mix in October 2014.


Eclipse won a commission to make ‘10by10’ - 10 short film dramas for the digital arts platform The Space (ACE/BBC)

One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show by Don Evans was sold out for 4 weeks at The Tricycle Theatre London.

Eclipse TV launched in October 2013, showcasing original Black British dramas online.


In March 2011 Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd was confirmed as a National Portfolio Funded Organisation.


Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd was formed and this new company moved to a permanent home in the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield During that time the company produced SUS by Barrie Keeffe (co-production with Young Vic). Eclipse theatre also developed and produced Michael X by Vanessa Walters and starring Clint Dyer.


Eclipse theatre develops its unique audience development programme to support that years tour The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden, adapted by Oladipo Agboluaje Directed by Dawn Walton(nominated for Best Director TMA awards). This new approach brought substantial new audience bookings for this production, including 40% new bookers in Leeds.


Dawn Walton is appointed Artistic Director and under her leadership eclipse theatre grows in confidence in its ability to create high quality work from a Black British perspective that not only engages a regular theatre going audience, but also attracts new audiences.


The eclipse theatre initiative began in 2003 as a project aimed to address the absence of Black Theatre on the regional middle-scale touring network. Over 6 years A consortium of regional theatres with Steven Luckie and then Gemma Emanuel-Waterton as Eclipse Producer toured the following: Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Errol John, Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Oladipo Agboluaje, Little Sweet Thing by Roy Williams, Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Mustapha Matura, Angel House by Roy Williams.