Madeline, whose previous work includes Little Terrors and Sex in Real Life, said:
I am thrilled to be awarded the Naseem Khan commission to develop my show The Gravity, which draws on influences from science fiction and visual pop culture to explore how the pressures of modern life manifest as a crushing force on the individual, interrogating the current dialogue around mental health. In an industry full of barriers, it is amazing to have the support of partners who care about enabling artists of colour to spread their wings and make bold, envelope-pushing work for wider audiences. I can't wait to get started.
Ben Atterbury of Bristol Ferment said:
We met some incredible theatremakers across the application process for the Naseem Khan Commission, and no doubt we'll be hearing so much more from them in the future, but it's incredibly exciting to have Madeline, Trina and Tribe Arts aboard as our first commissions. Over the next 18 months, we're excited to work with these artists across our 3 organisations to push these projects forwards. These commissions are about creating space on our stages for artists of colour to create work of scale and ambition, deserving of their extraordinary talents - I can't wait to start working with them.