Tetrad have quickly created a reputation for themselves within the city of Leicester. The artist collective began in 2014 with the founding members having recently studied at De Monfort University. Expelling their creative efforts and exertions ever since, Tetrad aims to support the city’s and Midlands area’s grass roots performative talent by presenting evenings of ‘in progress’ work to welcoming audiences. Tetrad is a unique concept representative of its core aims – to keep the fun, playfulness and risk taking in the process of artist making and creating – something that is ever so easily lost as agendas and funding come into ‘play’. 

Tetrad is compiled of dancers and shapeshifters Lewys Holt and Katherine Hall, theatre maker Jack Britton and Prince of Peculiar comedian and producer, Daniel Nicholas. All with distinctive styles and a collective interest in improvisation, the Tetrad team return on 25 & 26 November for the second iteration of Here and Now at the Attenborough Arts Centre. The second annual festival, Here and Now sees Tetrad host two full days of artist workshops to continue their quest into creative production in its finest and rawest form, placing this creative impetus in the literal here and now.

In the evening [of Sat 26th], Tetrad’s flagship work in progress night Us and Them returns to present a programme for audiences of developing artists that have made it onto Tetrad’s radar, a set by their very own Daniel Nicholas entitled ’30 Minutes of Ideas’ which he may “have only come up with a week before”, plus an exciting headliner [TBA].

Tetrad is exciting, inventive and experimental and the collective empowers the artists they platform to work in a similar way too. This is something to be commended as artists and performers gain confidence in these metaphorical ‘creative spaces’ like this in order to progress, survive and gain beyond the comfort of their own city’s cultural scene. Sometimes resulting in Hit and Miss watching for audiences, but certainly an unmissable opportunity to see and support Leicester’s up and coming talents.

Here and Now is at Attenborough Arts Centre on 25th & 26th November.

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Country bumpkin from down the road in Northamptonshire, Emily is a new face to the Leicester arts world – lover of all things creative, and interested in bridging the gap between the art world and the public sphere.

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