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Fable Network News 12

Here is Fable Network News 12! No live stream this week but that hasn't stopped us pulling together a wave of new theatre opportunities for you! Take a look below to see what we have found this week!

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Blink Theatre - ‘Response’ monologue call-out

Ad Infinitum - Call Out

Foreign Affairs - Emerging Theatre-Makers Programme

National Theatre Wales - Free Training for Freelancers

The Other Half Lives - Paid Rehearsed Reading

Leeds Playhouse - Free Theatre Space

Harrow Arts Centre - #HACFromHome Commission Call Out

The Spring - Play Artist in Residence Project

WAC Arts - “We Are Open” Commissions

Real Ideas - Start Something Immersive

Additional Information

Blink Theatre - ‘Response’ monologue call-out

Blink Theatre are looking for 12 monologues from emerging writers for the 5th iteration of their online festival, Response, taking place on the 17th & 18th April. This time, they are looking for pieces that respond to the theme “ESCAPE”. Monologues should be 2-3 minutes long in performance (up to 2 sides of A4) and should be finished pieces, not first drafts. They also stress that pieces should NOT be about lockdown or COVID-19, but they are particularly interested in untold stories from unheard voices and pieces that are NOT gender specific.

Selected writers will have their monologues rehearsed and performed by The Actors Cove, and will be pre-recorded to be live streamed in online presentations on April 17th & 18th. Participating writers will be paid a small, currently undisclosed fee for their work.

To apply:

Email with “RESPONSE5 Monologue” in the subject header and a 250 word paragraph describing your work and why you would benefit from working with Blink Theatre. Attach your monologue in a PDF format but do not attach any CVs or extra examples of your work.

Deadline: 10am on Monday March 1st 2021

Ad Infinitum - Call Out

Ad Infinitum is inviting applications from theatre makers, writers and storytellers, to collaborate on their latest project, working with older adults experiencing loneliness. The project (title TBC) will be delivered between March and May 2021 as a targeted response to the third lockdown and the ever-growing crisis of isolation. The project will be carried out in partnership with Corn Exchange Newbury and Bristol Older People’s Forum.

They are looking to collaborate with three artists to develop a structure for a creative story exchange. Each artist will be working one-to-one with four older adults living at home on their own, embarking on a creative journey exploring the joys of storytelling. Through weekly phone conversations spread across five weeks they will write a story together, led by the older adult’s ideas, interests and needs. At the end of the project, the stories will be shared on their online platforms and in print.

Artists will receive a day rate of £175 for 9 days between March and May for a total fee of £1575. Successful applicants will need to be able to work remotely in this position and must complete a basic DBS check and work in accordance with Ad-Infinitum’s safeguarding policies. Ideal candidates can be of any age and background, but should have at least 3 years experience of working professionally in their field, as well as experience of leading engagement and community work. You will need to have the ability to work with vulnerable people with sensitivity, and be an excellent listener. You will also need to manage your own workload and be able to work both collaboratively and independently.

To apply, follow the link to their website where you can fill out an application form and a monitoring form. Alternatively, if you wish to answer in an audio or video format, you can email your answers to the questions on the application form to

Deadline to apply: 10am Tuesday 2nd March 2021. Interviews will be held online on 8th & 9th March in preparation for the project to begin in the week beginning 15th March.

Foreign Affairs - Emerging Theatre-Makers Programme

Join Polish feminist theatre-maker Nastazja Domaradzka for a FREE online workshop programme, exploring the histories and different methodologies behind political theatre-making. Foreign Affairs are running a course of 4 workshops aimed at helping emerging theatre-makers aged 18-25 develop the tools to create engaging political theatre. This training is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, or free to attend if necessary, thanks to support from the National Lottery Community Fund.

All sessions will take place on zoom within the following schedule:

Week 1: Saturday 6 March, 11:00 – 13:00

Week 2: Saturday 13 March, 11:00 – 13:00

Week 3: Saturday 20 March, 11:00 – 13:00

Week 4: Saturday 27 March, 11:00 – 14:00

The workshops will include practical exercises and may incorporate some light movement. Participants will be required to complete some homework in preparation for each session. The programme will also culminate with a small sharing of work.

To sign up: head to their website and complete a brief signup form.

Applications are considered on a first-come-first basis until the workshop programme is full. However they stress that signing up doesn’t guarantee a place. Your details will first be assessed before they contact you to confirm your place on the course. Due to the limited number of places, participants must be available for all the sessions.

National Theatre Wales - Free Training for Freelancers

National Theatre Wales are starting to roll out a heap of free workshops, opportunities and funding for freelancers to help them add skills and qualifications to their CV in an effort to increase employability once the sector opens up again. Below are a few of their initial offerings, but keep an eye on their website for more opportunities in the future.

Introduction to Safeguarding and Child Protection

Online course - 3 hours

NTW is able to offer free access to NSPCC’s Introduction to safeguarding and child protection online course. Developed in line with current legislation across the UK and CPD certified, this is an introduction to safeguarding that will help you to identify different signs of child abuse and how to report your concerns. To take advantage of this training, email

NTW Training Bursary

NTW are offering a small pot of funding to cover anything you might need to be better equipped for working in the industry when it restarts. This could be to cover specialist software training, Plant or HGV Licence, attending an industry conference, cultural sector training, or anything else relevant to your professional development. They are able to fund course fees and materials up to £1000 and training must be started by the end of September 2021.

If you’d like to apply, send an email to including the following:

  • A short statement detailing what you want to do and how it will benefit your professional development.

  • A breakdown of how the funds you are requesting will be spent.

  • A CV demonstrating your career so far.

  • A statement of support from a relevant professional colleague.

You can apply for up to £1000. The total fund available is £6,000, which will be allocated based on how the training will help applicants progress or stay in the industry, and not on your financial need. Only one grant per person will be awarded.

Deadline: Monday 8th March

For future opportunities and updates NTW may have for freelancers, you can also sign up to their e-list on their website.

The Other Half Lives - Paid Rehearsed Reading

Fancy a paid role in the rehearsed reading of a new play? The Other Half Lives is a family story of love, hope and the incredible strength of humanity written by Daisy Milner. They are seeking 5 actors to fill the casting requirements below:

  • Tom (18-25) Male identifying - Georgia’s best friend and possibly more. A party animal who tells terrible jokes.

  • Clive (30-40) Male identifying - A father-to-be. A therapist with a clinic in New Cross, London.

  • Georgia (18-25) Female identifying - Maria & Leo’s daughter. Lives with Maria. A hyper organised exercise fanatic.

  • Maria (40-50) Female identifying - Divorced mother of two living in London. A writer who now teaches in a primary school part-time.

  • Leo (50-60) Male identifying - Divorced father of three living in London. A retired insurance broker, living with his new girlfriend.

The reading will take place on Thursday 11th March via Zoom, performers will be paid £30 for a 2.5 hour session.

To apply, drop an email to with your CV or Spotlight details, and the role you would like to be considered for by 12pm Thursday 25th February.

Leeds Playhouse - Free Theatre Space

Leeds Playhouse has announced the use of free theatre space and guaranteed technical support for local artists in the heart of the Leeds City Region. The Playhouse will offer new theatre space, the Bramall Rock Void, as exclusive use for artists and companies to help in the recovery of the cultural sector. The takeover of the studio space is being offered as part of Playhouse Connect, an ongoing response to the pandemic aimed at aiding reconnection and recovery within the City.

Locally rooted artists and companies will have access to exclusive use of Leeds Playhouse’s studio theatre Bramall Rock Void with technical support from one of the Playhouse’s theatre Technicians.

The space is available for free hire from March through to July for a range of purposes including:

  • Rehearsals

  • Research and Development workshops

  • Script Development

  • Company catch-ups and planning

For artists interested in weeks in March & April only, the deadline is Monday 8 March at 10am.

For artists interested in weeks from April through to July, the deadline is Monday 22 March at 10am.

Fill out the online form on their website to apply for a slot.

Harrow Arts Centre - #HACFromHome Commission Call Out

Harrow Arts Centre is offering a third round of commissions for artists, arts companies and creatives of all disciplines to create new pieces of work for their #HACFromHome summer 2021 programme. They want to hear from musicians, theatre-makers, outdoor arts specialists, visual artists, workshop leaders and facilitators to provide:

  • Online performances, films, virtual exhibitions and digital works such as VR experiences audiences can enjoy in their own homes

  • Live, socially distanced work – from promenade or immersive theatre to pop up festivals – which can be safely enjoyed by our audiences in suitable outdoor or indoor locations at HAC or our wider home borough

  • Workshops and interactive activities for all ages

  • Uplifting, inspiring, innovative and inclusive work which rises above the restrictive nature of lockdown and engages audiences in new ways

They are looking to programme a broad range of content to reflect the diverse range of demographics that can be found in Harrow as one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse boroughs in the UK.

To apply, submit a written proposal of no more than one page along with a brief description of you / your company and the work you do. You must also include a short explanation of the inspiration behind your proposal and how you think it will contribute to the HAC communities and audiences at this difficult time. If you are proposing online work, you must include some details in your application about how the performance / activity will work and how audiences will be expected to engage.

Commission fees can range up to £1200 for new work / adapted performances, or £400 for participatory workshop activities. You must supply costings for your proposal, including artists’ fees and any materials you may require.

Email all applications to Charlotte Baldwin at by Thursday 25th February.


• Selected commissions to be confirmed and announced by Friday 12th March

• Selected companies / artists to provide marketing materials for HAC by Friday 19th March

• Programme to go live / on sale 1st April

• Selected projects to be delivered between April-August 2021

The Spring - Play Artist in Residence Project

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant are seeking 3 artists/play makers to join the team to co-create playful, interactivities in their building for their community. This new project is designed to create joyful, interactive moments for audiences and the community across all areas of The Spring’s programme. It aims to develop audiences, deepen relationships with visitors, offer co-creation opportunities for the community and create unforgettable experiences.

The basic idea is that each play maker works in residence during an upcoming season of programming with The Spring to ensure that all of their events, workshops, performances and audience interactions can be brought to life in order to encourage even more creative engagement from their patrons.

As the first programme of its kind, The Spring is also seeking a researcher/evaluator to work with the programme’s producer and the selected artists to thoroughly measure the project’s board-ranging impact – including but not limited to the cultural and social impact that leading ideas through a play artist has on the organisation and the community it serves. The researcher/ evaluator will undertake evaluations with participants and artists gathering data (both qualitative and quantitative) and will create a full report to help us share the learning found. The evidence and report should also support The Spring in making future fundraising applications to continue or develop the programme.

Deadline to apply is April 23rd 2021, after which 10 shortlisted artists will be invited to a Day of Play on June 2nd 2021, from which 3 will be chosen to lead a season each:

Play Artist 1 residency: September – December 2021

Play Artist 2 residency: January – April 2022

Play Artist 3 residency: May – August 2022

A fee of £120 plus expenses of up to £50 will be given to those attending the Day of Play. The session may be held via zoom if Covid restrictions require).

The Play Artist fee is £5,000 per season. This equates to £135 for two days a week for 17 weeks plus an additional three days for planning.

To apply, compose a short creative response which demonstrates

• what excites you about this programme

• a flavour of the style of your current work

• summary of how you will work with the building and its communities

• an indication on which season you would prefer to be resident

• how you will use your time and budget as Play Artist

This must be submitted via video, writing (no more than 2 sides of A4) or another creative format of your choice (if by video/audio no more than 4 minutes of material) by Friday 23rd April 2021 and send your response to

WAC Arts - “We Are Open” Commissions

WAC Arts have announced the ‘We Are Open’ Commissions – a creative and healing response to Covid-19 which aims to offer artists, companies, and organisations an opportunity to reflect on the individual and/or collective experiences of the past year. The ‘We Are Open’ Commissions are to support creative ideas that celebrate our lives and serve to connect communities through arts and creativity.

WAC Arts want to offer a number of commissions to support the development of creative ideas that respond to either one or both of the following themes:

  • ‘Recover’ – reflecting on our collective experience of the pandemic, or the specific experiences of certain communities and how we move towards the idea of recovery.

  • ‘2m sq. Square Dance’ – reflecting on the experience of social distancing during the pandemic and how this may impact upon when we ultimately come together. NB. Ideas proposed relative to this theme will be considered for a potential extension, ultimately working towards an outdoor large-scale commission / co-created piece of dance theatre c. spring 2022.

They are open to digital projects, participation/engagement activities and or public performances, or a combination of them all. They are keen for the artform to be dance led (all dance styles welcome) and are open to collaborations with multidisciplinary artforms (circus / spoken word / poetry / film / sound /puppetry / visual arts).

Commission funding can range from £500 up to £2000, as well as assistance in producing and marketing and providing space to rehearse your work.

To apply, send in a CV, including links to your work (websites/video links/images) plus a proposal outlining the following (no more 2 pages):

• About you, your approach to your work and why this is of interest to you

• Your idea - specifically:

• Where it will take place

• How it will be delivered - If applicable include a Plan A and Plan B that take in account COVID restrictions

• An outline budget

As well as a completed Equal Opportunities form.

They also accept filmed proposals. This should address the above and be no longer than 5mins.

Deadline: 5pm Tuesday 16th March

Real Ideas - Start Something Immersive

Real Ideas want to sponsor 10 start-up or scale-up business ideas for people who are looking to get creative with immersive digital technology. From April and for the next year they are offering 10 FREE membership packages worth over £3,000 each to entrepreneurial people with ideas looking to start their creative career, as well as offering access to all their know-how, networks, spaces and events to help you start your creative career.

“Are you excited by technologies like VR, AR and fulldome? Do you want to create an immersive experience or a light artwork?Have you got an idea for a business using creative technologies and want to scale and grow?”

The fully funded membership package from Real Ideas will give you access to co-working spaces, specialist facilities such as the Market Hall dome, expert business support mentors and access to events, workshops and one to one coaching from industry experts. They will also connect you with their partners, including the University of Plymouth immersive labs, Plymouth College of Art, the Fulldome Arts Network, Creative England and Crowdfunder to help test your plans with the crowd and raise investment. You’ll also receive a fully-funded one year membership to the Creative Industries Federation and the opportunity to showcase your work and ideas in their public programme of events.

To begin the application process, you have to sign up to attend their online webinar (March 2nd) with all the details of the project you will need and to answer any questions you may have. Following the webinar, you will then be sent an email with an information pack that includes further details, as well as application forms to fill in with details about your idea. You must then compose and submit a video (no longer than 3 minutes or bigger than 100mb) detailing your work and your idea for a project. This video must be submitted by Monday 15th March.

Head to the website for full details, as there is a lot to process, and be sure to attend their webinar to get a full grasp of what kind of ideas they are looking for.

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