March 2022

Man Made Youth Company

Man Made Youth Company’s next Residency is in April. The first residency of the year was a huge success – check the video if you don’t believe us! We’ll be welcoming new & old faces back Mon 11 April to Thurs 14 April 2022 (4 days / 10AM – 4PM) in Midlands Arts Centre – MAC.

Any lads aged 12+ from the West Midlands can sign up at


March 2022

We are off to the seaside

Besides all the fabulous destinations above, we are also off to beautiful Brighton. Sun, sea, sand and rock candy awaits us and Eko as we take OUT OF THE DEEP BLUE to Brighton Open Air Theatre. Please share the news with any & all folks you know in the South-East, we’re planning to make a BIG splash!

Head to brightonopenairtheatre to book your tickets.

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March 2022

Upcoming tour dates

Well, well, well. OUT OF THE DEEP BLUE is off to the Emerald Isle! Eko and co are off to Drogheda Arts Festival in Dundalk, County Louth for their Irish debut. Lucky bunch. Not only that, there are also dates in Cheshire, Dorset, Stratford-upon-Avon and Winchester confirmed… that’s a whole lot of puppetry and dance up and down the country. More overseas and UK dates to be announced soon. We’re taking 2022 by the horns!

March 2022


10th February 2022 will always be a very special day for us at AutinDT. We held a book launch for “Violet and the Sea Giant” – our first children’s book – and not only was it a success, it was a joy! Writer Sally Pomme Clayton and illustrator Richy K. Chandler were in attendance, as were so many of AutinDT’s friends, family and colleagues, local teacher, kids and families; we are so grateful to everyone who came along to support. Massive thanks.

The Book is now available for purchase online at our store.

Order Your Copy Today

March 2022

New Board Member Alert!

We are thrilled to announce that Devon Nelson is back on the Board to represent for young people and regional participants. Devon formerly worked with us as our Creative Intern for over a year, and during that time was present on the Board. We are excited to welcome him back into the fold.

March 2022


AutinDT is after some new Trustees to join the existing Board on the next phase of our development. We are in a crucial period of growth and we need folks around to help us hit new heights. We are particularly looking for Trustees with skills in finance and accounting, and the legal sector. As an organisation that does a great deal of community and participatory work, we are committed to creating a Board which represents the people and communities we serve.

More Info: Here

22 February 2022

Could you be our new Marketing Assistant?

We’re looking for a Marketing Assistant to join our close-knit team at Autin Dance Theatre. They will help devise our marketing strategies and campaigns, post engaging social media content and help raise the profile of the company and all its activities.  

Our ideal candidate has a good knowledge of the arts and culture sector in the Midlands (ideally dance, but candidates with a broader appreciation of the arts are welcome), a contemporary approach to content creation, a positive outlook and a desire to grow within the role. Experience of using Photoshop, Hootsuite and/or other social media management or content creation applications is preferred.  

The candidate will liaise with the Creative Director and the rest of the team in deciding how to develop AutinDT’s online presence, write copy, post across various social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter primarily) and create the monthly newsletter. They may also be called upon to help with wider company operations, such as event organisation and public performances. 

Hours: Part-time, 2 days a week 
Salary: £150 per day 
How to apply: please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] & [email protected] 

We aim to be an inclusive employer and recognise that candidates may have other ongoing regular or freelance commitments. We have advertised the role as 2 days a week. These days can be worked flexibly across the week as suits the successful candidate. Attendance to a weekly team meeting is required (currently on Wednesday at 9am)  

Application deadline: Friday 1 April 12:00 (midday)  

22 February 2022

Book Launch Event!

‘Violet and the Sea Giant’ – Book Launch Event Invitation

Are you a primary school teacher, a parent, or part of the outdoor arts sector? Well, you’re invited to Autin Dance Theatre’s Book Launch Event on Thursday 10th March at 6PM at Birmingham Hippodrome!

During the 1-hour event there will be activities, stalls, free drinks, a reading from the book and a special guest appearance from EKO the 13-foot-tall Sea Giant – fun for kids and big kids alike!

There will be merchandise available for purchase, and of course… the books! Beautifully illustrated, beautifully written books, ready to leave in your hands.

📧 RSVP by Friday 4th March to [email protected] with the number of guests and any access/dietary requirements!

21 February 2022

We’re recruiting!!!

We are looking for highly creative and strong individual performers in contemporary dance, physical theatre and/or puppetry (outdoor, giant, multi-person operated) interested in working with us on our performance projects.You must be a versatile movement performer and comfortable with character work and audience interaction/play. We are particularly keen to hear from individuals from the global majority and under-represented communities that are based in Birmingham/West Midlands to join the Company for rehearsals, live performances on tour this summer and the delivery of creative outreach workshops in formal education settings and the community.Applicants should demonstrate at least 3 years of professional experience, strong dance theatre technique, partner work, improvisational and devising skills. Team players with a sense of humour welcome! These are paid opportunities. 

We are seeking professional performers to express their interests in joining the company in order to expand our existing pool of freelance artists for exciting projects in 2022 and beyond:

– Out of the Deep Blue
– Parade
– other large-scale outdoor performance projects in summer 2022

– AutinDT Education Programme (Dance and Puppetry ‘Make & Move’ workshops)

Where: Birmingham/ West Midlands/UK

When: The audition workshops and interview process will take place during the week commencing the 14th of March 2022.

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 7th March 2022.

If you would like any of this information in a different format or would like a chat about the roles, please contact Johnny at [email protected] or on 07557981497.

To view the full audition call out, please click below!

AutinDT is an award-winning innovative and interdisciplinary touring dance theatre company, based in Birmingham (UK) and established since 2013 under the helm of Director/Choreographer Johnny Autin. The Company is a collaborative and project-based organisation that produces engaging and aspirational artistic performances for indoor, outdoor and unusual spaces, and provides extensive learning and education programmes in the community.

AutinDT’s vision is to transform and enrich people’s lives through dance theatre experiences. Our mission is to inspire, educate and instigate positive social changes by delivering world-class socially conscious mass participatory arts activities.

Out of the Deep Blue is a large-scale performance, featuring 1 female contemporary dancer and a 13-foot tall Sea Giant Puppet operated by 5 puppeteers. This outdoor spectacle is designed specifically for family and festival audiences and is inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis.Rehearsals in April 2022 (w/c 4thand w/c 11thApril 2022) + Touring UK & International outdoor arts festivals in Summer 2022 (April to September 2022, over 30 tour dates confirmed)

To apply, please email a statement of interest (max. 250 words) along with a CV, headshot, and a short video showcasing your practice (max. 3 mins) to [email protected]

16th February 2022

What’s that faint sound?

What’s that faint sound? You may be able to hear the cogs in the AutinDT machine whirring away. They’re going a little faster than usual as our creative year picks up pace and we prepare to R&D (research & development) a new show…

You read that correctly – we’ve got something in the works!
We want to be even more ambitious than usual with this one. We want to be innovative. We want masses of people involved – that’s sort of the whole point, actually. We’re looking into our human need to congregate, to gather and share a common purpose or intention. You know that feeling, when you’re in public and realise you’re a part of something? Crowds evoke many emotions in us all.
This is about co-creating an engaging “moment” which draws upon this invisible force that moves us to take to the streets and come together (like demonstrations, protests, funerals, weddings, street parties, migrations…).
The idea is to bring people from different walks of life together on a choreographed street procession or march, a live & moving accessible performance art piece, following a series of intergenerational community workshops and outreach movement sessions in the weeks leading to the live performance at their local festivals.
After over 20 months of isolation and social distancing, this important project will act as a catalyst for social cohesion, empower local groups and individuals whilst calling on our common humanity and inspire audiences.
Keep following our socials for more information…
PARADE is coming.

January 2022



@Brum.ProClass is alive and kicking. 2022 is seeing the programme grow and go into overdrive. The next class on Thursday 27th January will be led by Claire Lambert and the Tuesday 1st February session has Marcia Edwards at the helm. ⠀
@Brum.ProClass launches new timetable and membership from February 2022, with TWO amazing weekly classes led by BPC’s community of amazing regional artists. Join us every Tuesday at ACE dance and music and Thursday at Dancexchange from February 1st.
Expect to laugh, sweat and leave feeling rejuvenated and ready for your day. So, if you fancy getting a kick out of your Tuesday and Thursday mornings again, get involved. 

For more information or to book on to classes, is where you’ll want to go.

January 2022

UWMAT COMMISSION - Dance & Digital Project "Breaking Boundaries”

Is it wrong to pat yourself on the back? 😉
We don’t think so! And right now ADT is patting itself on the back because Johnny has been commissioned by Creative Academies Network, Arts Connect and the University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust to run over 99 dance workshops for 11 schools and academies reaching around 670 children and students from Years 3, 4 and 5 until March 2022. It’s a huge undertaking and we’re so proud to have been selected. Our arts education in schools work is really going places.
If you work for a school, college or university and you’re interested in working with us or having us deliver a workshop at your institution, please email [email protected]

January 2022

ECHO Eternal Horizons 2022

Created by CORE Education Trust, Echo Eternal is a commemorative arts, media and civic engagement project. The project is inspired by British Holocaust survivors’ testimonies recorded with Natasha Kaplinsky OBE in 2015 and 2016 on behalf of UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. Johnny is the Movement Director for the stage performance and he has choreographed some incredible dance pieces for Echo Eternal which will be performed on Wednesday 26th January at Town Hall . More information and tickets at here

January 2022

MAN MADE YOUTH COMPANY - February half-term Intensive

Image by: Paulina Ozynska

Next month: MAC’s resident youth initiative, Man Made Youth Company, launches new creative residencies for young men based in Birmingham and the Black Country. Better yet, it’s all FREE! Your boys can get involved in any number of upcoming opportunities without a wallet in sight. The first residency runs from  Mon 21 Feb to Thurs 24 Feb 2022 (9 – 5pm). Inclusivity is important to us and anyone aged 12+ who identifies as male is welcome and encouraged to participate.

To sign up, head to

January 2022


Image by: Simon Hadley

Last year we ran our most successful tour ever, taking OUT OF THE DEEP BLUE all over the country and we’re aiming for this year’s tour to be even bigger and better. We don’t want to jump the gun, but we’re pretty confident it’s happening. Already we’ve had lots of interest and quite a few festivals have confirmed our appearance, among them Now Northwich Festival in Cheshire, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Wilderness Festival and Winchester Hat Fair. Keep following along on our website and socials (and stay subscribed to this lovely mailing list of course) to hear more as we announce it.
For more information and tour booking, please contact [email protected]

January 2022

MICRO RAINBOW - Delivery of Body & Movement sessions for and with LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees

This year, Johnny is working with Micro Rainbow – the leading not-for-profit social enterprise  in the UK supporting the integration of LGBTQ+ people who have fled persecution and are seeking safety – on the delivery of Body & Movement sessions for and with LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. He’s excited about the opportunity.

For more information on the organisation, head to or check them out on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook
For more about this opportunity, see page 50 at online Scene Magazine

January 2022


Earlier this year, we did a call-out to pull together a team to transform our live dance & puppetry show OUT OF THE DEEP BLUE into a children’s book. We feel so blessed to have had illustrator Richy K. Chandler and writer Sally Pomme Clayton fill the spots in that team.

Richy is an incredible artist, writer and comic creator whose credits include Harper Collins Publishers, Universal Music and Titan Comics, as well as over 250 Wallace and Gromit newspaper comic strips. He is the author of You Make Your Parents Super Happy!, When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job? and Lucy The Octopus. He also runs workshops in creating comics and graphic novels.

If you want to see everything he’s created go to 

Pomme is an internationally acclaimed writer, performance storyteller and teacher who has created stories for everyone from Soho Theatre to Bloomsbury Festival to the Royal Shakespeare Company to the British Museum; honestly, her magical words are everywhere. She has written books including The King with the Dirty Feet, Winner of ‘Best Picture Book’, Oxford Book Awards 2019.

Head to to find out more.

December 2020

Square One at Attenborough Arts Centre

‘Square One’ is going live at Attenborough Arts Centre as part of the ‘Unexpected Tales’ program and streaming on Facebook a week later!

“I am captivated by Autin’s energy and caught off-guard by the strength of his emotional storytelling. […] If only all physical explorations of mental health held such empathetic power as this.” – Megan Edwards

Thanks to our partners and supporting organisations for helping us make this happen during these times of pandemic and crises!