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Fable Network News 5

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

Oh yeah, we are back and we are kicking the year off the best way we can! It's the start of the year and the theatre opportunities are just beginning to roll out. This week we bring you some of the best we could find. From individual artists who are supporting the community to funding pots for digital work. As always you can join us for the stream and share your thoughts, or you can get right to the good stuff and find the links to all the opportunities below.

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Hit the titles to be taken straight to the relevant additional information, or head straight to the link for the full details.

Theatre Artist Fund

Today I'm Wiser - Arcola Festival Call Out

Bristol and Bath Creative - Expanded Performance Prototype

Up ‘Ere Productions - REP Company Writers

Squint Theatre - Workshops

Charlie Josephine Wednesday Writing

BasildON Creative People and Places

Bradford Producing Hub - Outdoor Arts Residency

Brent Youth Theatre - Music Director / Musical Therapist / Movement Director

email for full job descriptions:

Chewboy Productions - Call for Graduating Actors, Poets, Animators and Composers

More Information

Theatre Artist Fund

The next round of the Theatre Artist Fund is now open until January 13th at 12pm. Freelance artists in need of critical financial support due to loss of work can apply for grants of £1000.

Key information is below but make sure to check out the website for full details on eligibility and to access the application form.

  • If eligible, applicants can be considered for an emergency grant of £1,000, which they can use towards living costs.

  • Applicants will need to meet certain eligibility criteria, provide one form of proof and provide contact details of a theatre professional to act as a referee to verify their information. Grants will be awarded based on hardship.

  • All applicants will be required to provide a CV demonstrating their professional theatre roles/jobs between January 2019 and March 2020 (a 15 month period).

  • Only certain theatrical freelancer professions are eligible - please visit the website for full details

Today I’m Wiser - Arcola Call Out

The Arcola is planning to run an outdoor festival April - June 2021 and they are looking for submissions. The brief is incredibly open. You can submit a play, dance, musical set, stand-up. It can be a fully realised production or a work-in-progress. The aim is to bring audiences and shows back together. It should be suitable to be performed outside. If selected you will receive 40% of box office. As part of support for the production you will also receive:

  • Marketing and PR

  • Box office and ticketing

  • Technical support

  • Basic sound and lighting equipment

  • Space with performance license [note: no dressing room facilities on site, depending on venue]

  • Front of House staff

  • Health and safety guidance, including on Covid-19

The deadline is Monday the 11th January at noon. Submit your application through their website.

Bristol and Bath Creative - Expanded Performance Prototype

Fantastic opportunity for individuals or organisations based in Bath or Bristol. The Expanded Performance prototype is looking for applications to deliver a project which has an innovative use of technology. It must explore their theme of “Liveness and Togetherness in theatre”. Below are the key headlines:

  • We have a funding pot of £150,000

  • We will award grants of up to £50,000 (you can apply for less)

  • The funding is open to individuals, businesses or collaborations based in Bristol or Bath The production phase will run from March-June 2021

  • Prototypes will be showcased in summer 2021

  • We are looking for ideas that can be developed and replicated internationally

In addition you will also receive business support, links to a network of professional contacts in this industry, workshops further investigating the use of technology, and opportunities to showcase your work to investors.

The application can be delivered in writing or in video format. It will also need to have a budget attached for how you will use the investment.

The deadline for applications is 10am on February 4th 2021. Additionally if you have an idea you can book a surgery session with the company to help shape the idea. These will take place on the 21st and 22nd of January and can be booked here:

Up ‘Ere Productions - REP Company Writers

Salford based theatre company supporting emerging artists

Looking for 2 female writers to take part in their REP company taking place later in the year. They will present the work at Salford Arts centre.

The writers will work with 5 actors to produce an hour long play. Supported by the Up ‘Ere Productions Team

It’s a profit share opportunity

Contact for more information

Squint Theatre - Workshops

We highly recommend you take a look at the workshops being offered by Squint Theatre to break those new year blues! They also run a deal if you book 5 or all 10 of the workshops you get a discount on the workshops

They have 10 dates up and we have listed the workshops available below:

GET WRITING workshops are for participants who need a jumpstart. Each workshop explores a different starting point and introduces practical tools for writing story, structure, character and dialogue.

KEEP WRITING workshops are participants who are currently writing a play. Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of a script, helps you develop it and gives you a better understanding of what you are writing.

GET DEVISING workshops are for Directors and Theatre Makers who want to tool up with fresh devising exercises from the Squint toolbox.

Charlie Josephine Wednesday Writing

Charlie Josephine is an actor and writer. They were part of the Old Vic 12 in 2019, known for productions such as Flies and Blush.

Starting from Wednesday 13th 10am - 11am they will be running FREE creative writing workshops on zoom.

For details email or follow their twitter @charli3jo3

BasildON Creative People and Places

BasildON Creative People and Places is looking for an individual or organisation to run a co-collaborative programme called NICHE.

What the programme exactly delivers is up to you, but it should be a space where core participants can actively engage in the arts in a collaborative way. We highly recommend you check out their website for the full information but here are the initial details. What they are looking for from the project:

  • The project works with residents of Basildon Borough with an emphasis on locations with lower levels of cultural and community participation (we can supply you with research on this to support this)

  • Activity is delivered over a minimum 6 month period, beginning March 2021

  • The project engages a minimum of 12 core participants

  • There are no financial barriers to participation for residents

  • The project delivers public facing creative activity on top of its work with core participants

  • The project seeks to inspire new projects beyond its own direct activities

  • The project is open, inclusive and appeals to a rage of ages, ethnicities, genders, class, neurodiversities and physical abilities

  • The project has a strong commitment to sharing learning and evaluation

What you will receive in support:

  • A delivery budget of £21,000 including fees, though proposals may wish to consider additional means of fundraising through the project to top up this initial commission.

  • Marketing, branding and website support

  • Links with community groups, local leaders and Basildon partners

  • Co-ordination with the Community Voices project, the platform for community decision making within the BasildON programme

  • Support sourcing space for activity if required

  • There is the potential to extend the project into future years if successful

Bradford Producing Hub - Outdoor Arts Residency


Bradford Producing Hub is looking for 5 Bradford-based artists to take part in a 3-day outdoor residency March 9-11th 2021.

Artists should already have an idea of an outdoor performance they wish to develop, and the residency will take place at a dedicated retreat accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales.

Following the residency, artists will have a chance to pitch ideas to a panel of people supportive of outdoor arts events in Bradford including Bradford Council, Bradford 2025, The Leap and Bradford BID.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • 3 day / 2 night stay with workshops, 1-on-1 sessions and talks to help with both creative, production and marketing sides of your project.

  • 1-on-1 time with industry experts to discuss your project.

  • One day of additional support from a creative producer and production manager AFTER the residency

  • A free COVID-19 test will be provided before the residency, as a bubble will be formed during the retreat to ensure safety.

  • All food, travel and accommodation costs will be covered, plus a bursary of £50 per day can be provided for taking part.

To apply, email stating:

  • Your name and your link to Bradford (live there? Work there? First time presenting work there?)

  • Your idea for a live performance, whether it already be in development or needs extra development to be adapted into an outdoor piece (up to 300 words)

  • Your creative background and what you hope to get out of the residency (up to 200 words)

Applications can be made in any format, but in audio or video formats they ask that applications are no more than 4 minutes long.

Deadline is 15th January 2021 @ 12pm.

Brent Youth Theatre

Brent Youth Theatre has a “small but mighty” team and now you can be a part of it. They are looking for people to fill the following positions:

  • Music Director / Facilitator

  • Music Therapist

  • Movement Director / Facilitator

For the full job descriptions and information on how to apply, please email

Brent Youth Theatre is a performing arts service delivered by the Unique Community charity, and you can also find out more about the amazing work they do on their website:

Chewboy Productions - Call for Graduating Actors, Poets, Animators and Composers

Chewboy Productions are seeking initial expressions of interest for the “Grapevine Project”

The idea is for Poets to produce new pieces of work, which is then recorded by the actors and then finally passed on to the composer and animators.

The company is seeking funding, so are looking for initial expressions of interest to take part in the project. Hit the link to be taken to their application form to submit you details.

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