about us

New Space Productions is a burgeoning performance company based in the Northwest. Interested in works of drama and music, written specifically for non-traditional settings, the company’s site-specific work explores spaces not designed expressly for performance. In this way the company works outside of conventional limits for performance and explores ideas present in these alternative surroundings. NSP are passionate about taking performance to broader audiences who aren’t necessarily seeking it...

New Space Productions was set up in 2011 by composer/musician Michael Betteridge and director/producer/youth arts worker Eleanor Craddock. They seek to showcase young talent, who may not get recognition in the competitive wider sphere. NSP's debut piece "Indigestion" was premiered as part of the 2011 Not Part Of Festival, before being awarded a place in the Library Theatre’s Re:Play Festival at The Lowry and later being revived for a production at the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music).

Eleanor Craddock – Artistic Director

Artistic Director Eleanor is an experienced director, producer, production manager and performer. Not content with only being involved in all the NSP previous productions she has also recently directed "The Glass Menagerie" and produced "Blue Remembered Hills", both part of the Manchester In-Fringe Theatre Festival. Eleanor is also a trained youth and community worker, specialising in working with young people and the arts. She has recently worked at Z-arts, Oldham Youth Service and The Theatre Chipping Norton within a drama and youth arts context.

Michael Betteridge – Musical Director

Michael graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with first class honours and the Hargreaves Prize for composition. Since graduating his music has won various awards and has been performed at numerous venues nationally including the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Town Hall in Birmingham. His latest musical, Indigestion, was selected by the Library Theatre as part of their re:play festival showcasing the best fringe theatre in Manchester at The Lowry in Salford Quays in January this year.

Michael also practises as an animateur and teacher having worked for the LSO, BCMG, BBC Philharmonic and Opera North. Whilst at the RNCM his music has been workshopped by the Manchester Camerata and the BBC Singers and performed in various concerts including the recent Shakespeare Day of Song and New Music North West.

Michael is in the second year of his MMus in Composition studying under Gary Carpenter and Adam Gorb having been awarded a scholarship.