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Fable Network News 11

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Fable Network News 11 is coming at you! Another round of theatre opportunities, and this week we have opportunities coming from across the country. It looks like things are warming up again as the UK looks forward to a world post-lockdown, we can't wait. Best of luck with any applications or castings that you go for this week!

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Turbine Theatre - Open-Air Performance Submissions

The Lowry - Live Now Commissions

Theatre Mix @ Home MARCH - Artist Slot Submissions

Clean Break - Participation Associate

Necessity - Funding Opportunities

Fuel - Open Call for Freelance Collaborators

Ignite Imaginations - Freelance Artist Recruitment (Sheffield)

Shybairn - ‘Burnout’ Performer Callout

Stratford Circus - Artist Facilitators

Mandala Theatre Company Actor Callout

Bridport Prize

Additional Information

Turbine Theatre - Open-Air Performance Submissions

A really quick one from Turbine Theatre! They are looking for submissions for outdoor performances to be performed in the summer of 2021. The company is based in Battersea and they are interested in both new work and re-imagined classics.

If you have a production then send it to

The Lowry - Live Now Commissions

The Lowry in Manchester have launched an exciting crusade into reimagining digital theatre and exploring its potential during this time of ongoing closures, and have announced 3 commissions for mid-career artists/companies to create new digital work for the lockdown age via their #LoveLowry programme. They “want to know what ‘digital performance’ means now, when venues are closed, and what it will mean when venues reopen. How can it offer audiences an experience that is more than a stand in for live performance?”

More specifically, they are looking for artists with an established live theatre practice and support them in pivoting towards making content for digital platforms, with a specific focus on maintaining a sense of connection with an audience similar to that of a live production.

The commissions are for £10,000 each and are aimed at projects that:

  • can be fully made and experienced under lockdown conditions between now and December 2021

  • Embrace interactive digital storytelling and involves some element of audience agency or interactivity

  • Have access as a core consideration

  • Can be delivered via a digital platform that you will directly manage yourself

However, these experiences shouldn’t be:

  • Filmed productions that just make the audience a passive spectator

  • Adaptations of existing plays or texts

  • Zoom quizzes, escape rooms, or similar choose-your-own-adventure style ideas that have already been explored elsewhere

Ideal candidates should be based in the UK and experienced in creating high quality work, with at least two full productions under their belt which have been publicly performed to a paying audience in established venues. Participants may also be asked to share their learning with other artists via workshops, blogs or vlogs as part of The Lowry’s Artist Development programme.

To apply: submit a brief expression of interest including a short company bio, a description of the work you want to make, why it’s relevant right now, and what kind of digital platform you are looking to use. Submissions can also be made in video form (no longer than 3 minutes) or alternatively you can download a dyslexia-friendly word document to submit via email.

Deadline: 5pm Friday 26th February

Theatre Mix @ Home MARCH - Artist Slot Submissions

For artists based in the West Midlands. Theatre Mix is a performance night showcasing the talent of the West Midlands. Their next show is taking place online and they are looking for Artist submissions.

You can make solo or duo act submissions and they need to be between 15-20 minutes long. They can be scripted, devised, music, spoken word, cabaret, physical theatre, whatever you would like to propose.

It’s taking place on 11th March in the evening. There is a £100 fee for solo acts and £200 fee for duos.

For duo shows they can facilitate if you are in the same of different houses.

You can submit via the form or you can send a video or voice recording to answering the same questions that are in the from.

The submission deadline is Thursday 25th February 2021

Clean Break - Participation Associate

Clean Break is a women’s theatre company dedicated to transforming the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system, or who are at risk of entering it. As part of the Jerwood Creative Bursary scheme, they are creating a new position of Participation Associate and are looking for an early-career artist to take up the role.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Their Young Artist Development Programme, delivering outreach workshops and online activities to recruit potential young women into the programme.

  • Clean Break’s prison-based Inspiring Futures project

  • Assisting the participation team in rolling out the core Members Programme

  • Assisting the core artists in delivering sessions for women attending women’s centres

  • Attending Members sharing meetings and rehearsed readings.

They mention a long list of desirable knowledge, skills and experience for prospective applicants, including having 2-5 years experience impactful theatre with communities (whether paid or voluntary) and a demonstrable understanding of young womens’ needs and interests.

The role is a 12 month part-time contract with a salary of £17,940, starting in April 2021. Clean Break are based in London but they do mention that due to COVID restrictions, the role is likely to be home-based initially. Head to their website for a full participation pack and to download the application forms.

Deadline to apply is 15th March 2021.

Necessity - Funding Opportunities

Necessity is offering funding of up to £20,000 to freelance artists, creatives, writers, thinkers - people working individually or collectively. Below is a summary of the information on the website. Necessity provides a lot of context for what this funding is about so please read it before applying.

They are looking to support and co-create work that tackles one of the following 5 themes:

  • Food systems and structures

  • Radical Reconciliation

  • Decolonisation and post-growth economies

  • Domestic resilience and creative communities

  • Environmental and human rights

They are looking for ideas and provocations that may lead to a number of outcomes. This could include but is not limited to: short films, publications, newspapers, gatherings.

They are particularly interested in working with people and groups that are led by those with lived experience of being marginalised by current economic and cultural systems. They are looking for responses that emerge from tragic despair, creative imagination and the bloody mindedness of resistance.

They have an overall funding pot of £400,000 to fund a number of projects. To apply you should write one side of A4 or provide a 3-5 minute video explaining your thoughts and ideas. Send in your submission to

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 24th February

Fuel - Open Call for Freelance Collaborators

Fuel Theatre have released an open call to expand their pool of freelancers to collaborate with each year. Right now they are particularly interesting to hear from those working in production management, technical operation, and stage management to help deliver their projects in 2021 and beyond.

They are particularly encouraging interest from anyone who identifies as Black, Asian or ethnically diverse, working-class, LGBTQI+, disabled, d/Deaf, and anyone without higher education qualifications or a degree. They are actively seeking to open doors to currently underrepresented demographics that cover a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

To apply, simply send your CV by email to Or if you would prefer to share your professional experience in another way e.g., by sending a short audio file or film, that is also encouraged. You can also highlight any access requirements you may need in order to apply and they will do all they can to help you.

This is a call for both short and long-term projects, and CVs that are submitted will be kept on file for 12 months after the closing date. Fuel will follow up via email with applicants who they’d like to talk to further about a specific role in a project.

Deadline to get your CVs in is Friday 12th March

Ignite Imaginations - Freelance Artist Recruitment (Sheffield)

This is specifically for artists based in and around the Sheffield area. Artists should also have lived experience of migration of their own or from previous generations.

Ignite Imaginations has teamed up with Maya Productions to create two community development projects. The projects are part of Maya Productions new production “Benny and the Greycats”, that tells the true story of a family of Anglo-Indian musicians who swap playing in a swing band in South India, for a new life in 1960s Sheffield.

Ignite Imaginations is looking for two artists from a visual arts background and two artists from a performing arts background to lead on the projects detailed below. They acknowledge the broadness of the definition and encourage artists to apply if they fall into either category.

'Talking about my Generation’ will work with people aged over 50 years with lived experience of migration of their own, or of previous generations’. Participants will be invited to share memories of the 60s, their stories of that era, those journeys of migration and the music of the time. This sharing and reminiscence will aim to inspire new artistic outputs to be created individually or as a group.

'Routes to Roots' will be aimed at young people aged 14- 25 years from ethnically diverse backgrounds with a passion for arts and creativity, to devise a new performance piece/art installation inspired by theirs or their family's experiences of migration, heritage and journey.

Both projects will take place between April and June 2021 through weekly zoom workshops.

They are looking for someone with:

  • A high standard of creative skill and expertise

  • Outstanding workshop facilitation and community engagement skills

  • At least 1 years’ experience delivering workshops in a variety of community settings.

  • Experience of working with at least one of the target groups; Adults aged over 50 years and/or young people aged 14-25 years. They will accept artists who may only have the experience working with one of the target groups.

  • Some experience of delivering workshops on zoom or other online platforms

  • Artists that have lived experience of migration of their own, or from previous generations. They are specifically looking to work with less represented cultural groups within this recruitment drive.

  • Based in or around Sheffield with an understanding and experience of the city.

The fee is £890

If you are interested in applying you need to send:

  • A letter of application, no more than 2 sides of A4 responding to the criteria

  • OR a video application responding to the criteria which is no longer than 5 minutes

  • An up to date CV (no more than 2 sides)

  • Up to 3 photographs/links to relevant films/websites that showcase your work or work you have made with community groups

Deadline is Thursday 11th March 5pm

Shybairn - ‘Burnout’ Performer Callout

Shybairn are looking for 2 performers for a 10 day R&D of their new show ‘Burnout’, a play about class, race and the climate movement, supported by the Arts council England and Live Theatre.

They are looking for the following essential casting criteria:

  • Experienced in devised theatre-making and collaboration

  • Knowledge of and interest in climate justice

  • Must identify as working class, benefit class, underclass or criminal class and/or experience racism in society as a person of colour.

Further desirable criteria:

  • From or based in the North East (Newcastle)

  • Experienced in performing spoken word / poetry

  • A confident mover

Applications are encouraged from womxn and non-binary people, and individuals from communities impacted by climate change in the global south. Also from performers with specific access needs.

Fee is £1000 (£100 per day) and the R&D will take place in Newcastle from 3rd-14th May. Travel/Accommodation will be covered if necessary.

Deadline to apply - Friday 26th February

First Auditions - 4th & 5th March

Recall Auditions - 11th & 12th March

All applicants will be notified of their outcome by 26th March.

To apply email Becky at with:

  • CV (Spotlight or similar)

  • A short video, voice note or written statement on why you wish to be involved and how you meet the criteria (max 500 words or 2 mins)

  • A complete equal opportunities form

Stratford Circus - Artist Facilitators

Stratford Circus are looking for Artist Facilitators to develop and run new projects working with older adults in Newham this spring/summer. Having previously run the Stratford Arts Social for adults aged 55+ from 2018-2020, they are now looking to pilot 2-3 new projects this spring/summer with additional funding from Art Council England’s Loneliness & Isolation fund.

They are seeking artists or collectives with a track history of socially engaging artistic practices who are confident in creating cultural activities in a group setting for adults living in Newham over 55 years of age who have varied access and support needs. They would like each project to engage with 15 – 30 people minimum but they are happy to discuss the final numbers of participants at the project planning stage.

Budget: £10-15k per project, to include artist fees and project expenses. Final budget to be agreed at commissioning stage.

Timeframe: Project delivery from mid-March – June 2021

Length of project: We propose projects are between 6-8 weeks, but this can be negotiated. Artform: We are open to expressions of interests from artists working in any discipline.

To Apply:

Expression of interest – max 2 A4 pages. If you would prefer to submit in an audio or video format, please do so - max of submission 5 mins

  • Outline concept of creative project including how you will work with people and how it will meet ACE’s funding principles (max 500 words)

  • Previous relevant / relatable experience working within a community setting (max 500 words)

  • Outline creative team (this does not have to be 100% confirmed)

  • Outline budget/timeline (topline is fine)

  • You can also submit a portfolio, website link or video links for reference and context.

Please email your EOI along with a monitoring form to

Deadline: Friday 26 February, 10am

Mandala Theatre Company Actor Callout

Mandala Theatre Company are looking for two actors with a passion for new writing to take part in a new production, “Though This Be Madness”. You don’t need to prepare anything as you will be given a script if shortlisted. The roles they are looking for:

Character 1 - Playing age 17-28 - Female - Black British African

Character 2 - Playing age 24-28 - Male - White British

There are some key dates: 26th April - 16th May: Rehearsals and Filming for Screen

16th-17th June: Re-rehearsal for Knowledge Exchange Project at The North Wall

18th June: Performance at The North Wall

There is the potential for more employment for a national tour, dependent on the COVID-19 regulations.

Actors will be paid inline with ITC rates. Accommodation and per diems are also provided.

To apply you need to send a CV, bio and headshot to: by 10am Thursday 25th February - Using Though This Be Madness as the email subject

Shortlisted applicants will know by 1st MArch and will be asked to prepare a self-tape using an excerpt of the script.

For more information on the production and Mandala Theatre Company, head to their website through the link above.

Bridport Prize

The Bridport Prize is an international creative writing competition with multiple prizes and funds, and they are offering bursaries for underrepresented writers to send in entries in the coming months before their deadline free of charge in any category.

The categories that the Bridport Prize include are Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction and the Novel Award, each with a different entry fee per submission.

Poetry - £10 per poem - 1st prize £5000 / 2nd Prize £1000 / 3rd Prize £500

Short Story - £12 per story - 1st prize £5000 / 2nd Prize £1000 / 3rd Prize £500

Flash Fiction - £9 per story - 1st prize £1000 / 2nd Prize £500 / 3rd Prize £250

Novel Award - £20 per excerpt - 1st prize £1500 / 2nd Prize £750 / 3rd Prize £150 x 3

Deadline to enter in the prize is May 31st 2021, but the bursary funds rollover monthly until then, so there are multiple opportunities to enter for free. Bursary application dates each month open from the 5th - 12th, and successful applicants must submit their work by the 28th of that month.

To apply for a bursary submission, download the simple bursary form from their website and enter the details of how you identify as a writer from an underrepresented background, or coming from a low-income household. All applications are assessed in confidence and all entries to the Bridport Prize are actually submitted anonymously.

Do see the website for full terms and conditions for entering as each category has different terms and stipulations, so do check before entering.

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