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We are slowly emerging out of our caves and into the real world! We hope you have been enjoying heading back in to the real world! With it comes opportunities to work in actual physical spaces, with people! Holy cow! Check out some the best theatre opportunities we have found this week. Best of luck!

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Mercury Theatre - Artist Development Programme

Who is it for? Playwrights, Directors and Producers

Location: East Anglia (Company based in Colchester)

What’s happening?

  • Mercury Theatre have joined with Josef Weinburger Ltd to launch their 2021 Artist Development programme for Playwrights from the East of England to create their own full length plays.

  • However, this year they have also expanded the programme to tutor 5 directors and 5 producers as well, all of which should be based in the east of England.

  • All 3 strands of the programme will take place via monthly meetings from June 2021 - February 2022 as participants receive guest lectures and advice from an exciting list of guest professionals.

Deadline: 29th April 2021


Mercury Theatre - Call out for Actors and Writers

Who is it for? Actors and writers from the African and Caribbean diasporas, people who are South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, North African, Middle Eastern and Mixed Heritage.

Location: East of England

What’s happening?

  • Mercury Theatre also have a call-out going for 5 writers and 10 actors to take part in Hear Me Now Vol. 2, the follow up project to 2018’s Hear Me Now: Audition Monologues For Actors of Colour.

  • Hear Me Now is a collection of 100+ monologues created by over 10 organisations that have been developed over a series of two workshops specifically written and performed by actors of colour. All participants work together to craft bespoke monologues over the two workshops taking place April 29th & 30th, before they are compiled by Bloomsbury.

  • Applicants must be 18+ and will receive a fee of £330 for writers and £100 for actors.

Deadline:12 Noon Friday 23rd April


Man On! - Associate Artist R+D Call Out

Who is it for? LGBTQIA+ Theatre Makers in the first 18 months of their creative practise.

Location: London

What’s happening?

  • Alex Roberts & Co. are seeking 2 Associate Artists to join their R+D for their new production: Man On! Which aims to investigate the current absence of queer voices in the football community.

  • The company want this to be a learning opportunity rather than a performance opportunity, with emphasis on participants developing their research skills and finding their voices as queer artists. One of these positions will also be reserved for an artist of colour.

  • Participants will also receive a fee of £500 for five days of work.

Deadline: Midnight April 22nd


Summerhall Artist Development Programmes For Scottish Artists

Who is it for? Artists with New Work Based in Scotland

Location: Edinburgh

What’s happening?

Summerhall has two programmes running, Summerhall Lab and Summerhall Space. The Space project is an opportunity for a week's free space at Summerhall, to be used before mid-July. Four companies will be selected to use the space. The Lab project is specifically for a company or group of artists, led by a d/Deaf or disabled artist. The successful company will receive space, a budget of £3000, a video recording of their work in progress, and additional dramaturgical and producing support.

Deadline:11th May 2021


Voila Europe Festival - Open for Submissions

Who is it for? Artists with Productions

Location: Cockpit Theatre, London and Online

What’s happening?

The Voila Festival Europe is looking for productions to take part in their upcoming festival. The festival will be a hybrid of live and online performances. The live performances will take place at the Cockpit Theatre. The festival will take place from the 15th - 21st of November. Shows will be most commonly programmed for 2-4 performances The festival does ask for a £200 deposit. £60 goes towards marketing your show, the remaining £140 is refunded to you after your production. Live performances will have 50% box office split and online performance will take a 70% split. Please do check out the full details of the festival before applying.

Deadline: 28th April 11.59pm


Project eARTh with High Peak Arts calls for Community Project Proposals

Who is it for? Freelancers with Community Work Experience

Location: New Mills and Buxton (SK Postcode)

What’s happening?

High Peak Arts is looking for community project proposals to work with adults experiencing mental distress. They are planning a hybrid approach of in-person and online work, but want freelance artists to propose targeted projects to fit their brief. The project should be targeted at a specific community setting like a care home or local park. The project can run between 4 - 12 weeks. Artists will need to be able to travel to either or both, New Mills and Buxton. To make a project proposal check out the full brief on their website.

Deadline: May 9th 2021


BOLD Playwrights - Play Development Programme

Who is it for? Writers

Location: London

What’s happening?

BOLD is offering 2 playwrights a free play development programme, which will take a first draft through a 12 week process, culminating in a rehearsed reading for an industry invited audience. The writers will have the opportunity to have their play developed with other creatives including actors, a director and a dramaturg. Allowing them to receive feedback and support. The project will take place between June and September 2021. The opportunity is open for writers of any level of experience.

Deadline: Friday 23rd April at 11.59pm


Everyman Playhouse Script Submissions

Who is it for? Writers from or based in Liverpool

Location: Liverpool

What’s happening?

The Everyman is open to receive scripts from writers based or from the Liverpool City Region. They are looking for completed plays that have not received a staged production beyond a scratch or sharing. They are looking to support scripts in a number of ways including offering commissions, rehearsed readings, dramaturgical mentoring, and supported productions. One writer from the LGBTQIA+ community will also receive the Homotopia Award. This comes with a rehearsed reading or workshop and a £500 seed commission towards developing their work. The subject matter of a submitted script for the Homotopia award should explore LGBTQIA+ identities, challenges, experiences and culture.

Deadline: Friday 14th May


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