Made in Corby

Drawing inspiration from Corby as a making place
No Way Back with Frantic Assembly and community cast
No Way Back with Frantic Assembly and community cast
Photo: Scott Graham
Frantic Assembly with community cast for No Way Back
Frantic Assembly with community cast for No Way Back
Photo: Frantic Assembly
Big Summer Night Out 2014 at Corby Town
Big Summer Night Out 2014 at Corby Town
Photo: Made in Corby
Pitching Danny Hero at The Core Theatre
Pitching Danny Hero at The Core Theatre
Photo: Kate Dyer

Where: Corby
With: Groundwork Northamptonshire, Corby Cube Theatre Trust, Corby Community Arts, Corby Unity, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership

"It was absolutely brilliant, exhilarating and really good fun. I feel much more confident, it’s lifted me up and for me, it’s turned the clock back.”
Participant working with Frantic Assembly

Made in Corby is an exciting three year project that recognises and draws inspiration from the identity and reputation of Corby as a making place. Its aim is to inspire more local Corby people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high quality arts and cultural activities on every estate and in every village of the Borough of Corby.

All decisions will be made through real and genuine partnership between Corby’s communities, artists, and arts and voluntary organisations. All activities will be ambitious, bringing the best local, national and international artists to make work with, for and in Corby’s communities. All activities will invest in Corby, its people and its skills – making Corby, and all its communities, stronger, more creative and more confident. 

The project is made up of signature and community-based commissions, conversations with local people, a Big Ideas Panel and Big Nights Out and Big Days In

Made in Corby launched with a Big Summer Night Out in 2014, filling Corby Town football stadium with a 1000-strong audience, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, international jazz singer songwriter Barb Jungr and the Deep Roots Tall Trees choir. Many of the audience were new arts attendees, and this sell out event demonstrated people’s appetite for new arts experiences. The orchestra played music chosen by Corby residents including Coates’ Dambusters and Mosolov’s Iron Foundry, with associations reminiscent of Corby’s history as a steel town. The orchestra, Barb Jungr and musicians performed a Song Cycle, written by and with Corby people, about the town and their experiences. Local artists, Irish dancers, visual artists, accordion players, jugglers and national champions, Corby’s Youth Brass 2000, showcased their talents to arriving audiences.

"That was extraordinary, exhausting and exhilarating! Singing beautiful songs about community, love and shared experience in front of a sell-out crowd alongside one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Our wildly differing musical abilities and background melting, and then melding together differences in a way perhaps only music can…" Choir member, Big Summer Night Out

To date, 5000 people have been engaged as part of the programme of community conversations. Projects in 2015 include a collaboration between Frantic Assembly and the Corby community to present No Way Back, an original new play about the events in life that have shaped who we are.