Dirty Protest

Dirty Protest are dedicated to producing, developing and promoting new writing and the writers of Wales. We create exciting inclusive new theatre experiences to thrill audiences and extend the reach of new writing across Wales. We put gigs on in pubs, kebab shops, forests...

Dirty Protest are Matthew Bulgo, Branwen Davies, Claire Hill, Catherine Paskell, Tim Price


Location: Cardiff/Wales
Members: 280
Latest Activity: Jul 7, 2019

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Comment by Kym Bartlett on June 5, 2017 at 4:10

Grants Available for Actor Parents and their Children 

- support available for the children of actors from birth to graduation

The Actors' Children's Trust ( is in the fortunate position of being able to increase its grants and support a lot more people. We fund actor-parents, where acting has been the main part of your professional career.  Whilst most charities only give grants when you are unable to work, ACT knows that this isn't enough.

A depressing number of actors are forced to quit the profession when they become parents, simply because life becomes impossible. Earnings are too low and too unpredictable to organise and fund regular childcare. 'Free hours' barely exist for actors' unsocial work time. Schedules get changed at the last minute, meaning sudden needs for extra childcare.  ACT is delighted that our childcare grants are helping actor-parents stay in the profession they love.  Some parents welcome a monthly payment (e.g. £100 to £400), while others find a lump sum best at the start of a new job such as a tour.

Applications are processed within a month (or a few days in the case of crisis funding), and support can be one-off or continue for some years. Please help us spread the word about this resource for actor families by telling other actors. Also follows us on Twitter @ActorsChildren

ACT can help you with the following costs:

  • CHILDCARE – top-up grants can help actor-parents attend auditions, take jobs and hopefully stay in the profession.  
  • SCHOOL COSTS – activities including music, sport, drama and dance lessons; uniform and kit, transport, lunches and trips.
  • CRISIS – almost every actor-parent faces times of crisis.  ACT is here for you and aims to give quick, useful, confidential support.
  • SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL / MEDICAL NEEDS – ACT aims not to duplicate state provision but, sometimes, when the statutory services are overwhelmed or unwilling, we are pleased to fund urgent assessments and help families achieve appropriate provision through an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • STUDENT GRANTS – ACT helps in many other ways, including university, college and apprenticeship grants at 18+.  

ACT does not pay for private education or private tutors.


Please do get in touch:   020 7636 7868    

We first check eligibility (usually just by looking at your CV if you are on Spotlight) and we usually fund people whose household income is under £40,000.

Comment by Emrys Barnes on December 2, 2015 at 11:08

New company Fucktons of Fairies are putting on our first play! Mark Ravenhill's Shoot/ Get Treasure/ Repeat is a punchy dark comedy, challenging the 'War on Terror', and we'll be raising money for the refugee crisis. Details below, hope you can make it!

Comment by Rachel Kinchin on November 4, 2015 at 22:40

Hello everyone! If anyone fancies seeing the final performance of DIRTY PROTEST ‪#‎ParallelLines‬ in The Hafren Theatre Newtown on Friday, there's a TEAM offer - quote TEAMPL2015 and you can bag a £5 ticket. Website

Comment by Rachel Kinchin on November 3, 2015 at 10:08

Our #ParallelLines Trailer, by the incredible Zipline Creative.

Comment by Rachel Kinchin on November 2, 2015 at 10:21

One of our ace reviews, big thanks to Karen Price - WalesOnline #ParallelLines - Just two more chances to see Parallel Lines on your now at Ffwrnes in Llanelli and The Hafren in Newtown.

Comment by Ellie Carter on October 21, 2015 at 9:00

Comment by Rachel Kinchin on October 20, 2015 at 1:55

Check out our trailer!

Comment by Rachel Kinchin on October 13, 2015 at 5:49

Comment by Rachel Kinchin on October 5, 2015 at 12:03

Dirty Protest Workshops hit the road tomorrow - read this blog from Director Catherine Paskell...

Comment by Othniel Smith on September 27, 2014 at 22:22

"Dirty, Gifted and Welsh" vlog post.


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