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Fable Network News Episode 2

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Evening Standard Theatre Fund

Art Cry

Bush Theatre Script Call Out

Mind the Gap: Theatre and Dance Associate

Alt Pitch

Theatre Peckham Rep Company

China Plate 2021 Optimists & 2 Freelance Associate Producers

The Elf That Was Scared of Christmas

National Theatre at Home

Additional Information

Bush Theatre Call for Script Admissions

Open until 10th January the Bush is looking for new plays that are 60 minutes or over.

It has to be new, it can’t be a play that has been put on previously. It can’t be a redraft you have previously submitted, a screenplay, an adaptation or musical.

It can take 8 months to respond due to the volume of texts that the theatre receives.

They recommend you familiarise yourself with the work of the Bush, for which they have a number of ways to do so. On their BushGreen page you can read articles about their work. There is also a podcast called 'Making it With Temi Wilkey' where you can listen to some of the writers from the previous season.


A new art fund which focuses on social and political responses. The company focuses on funding work which is time sensitive and about the immediate news climate. The work you submit has to be free and open to the public to see. You can be an artist from ANY art form. The work should seek to provoke dialogue, present new perspectives, and strive to make an impact. The turnaround time for response is 7 days!

You can apply at any time. Can apply for up to £5000. Make sure you budget to pay yourself.

Evening Standard Theatre Fund

The Evening Standard in collaboration with the National Youth Theatre and TikTok will select 12 emerging artists to receive £10,000

There are 6 categories, Acting, Directing/Theatre-making, Visual Design, Audio Design, Musical Theatre and TikTok Breakout.

The first 5 will be selected from artists nominated by drama schools and theatres

The TikTok award is open to submission by anyone ever 18. To apply for the Breakout award you will need to upload a TikTok which answers this brief: "Help us put this year behind us; create a TikTok using your specialist theatre discipline – whatever that may be – and convey to us the hopes and dreams you hold for your future theatrical career."

The entry form will also ask a few questions and can be found on the TikTok discovery panel in the app. Entries will close on January 17, 2021 at 23.59

Alt Pitch

The Festival is looking for ready made digital productions. It must be a full a production or it has to be a completed R&D. It must provide an engaging viewing experience, and explores the subject of 'human interaction with technology'. There is a submission fee of £25, and the deadline of January 15th.

9 pieces will be selected from those submitted. Online audiences will then be able to watch the productions and vote on their favourites. The top 3 will win a commission worth £1500. The curators will also select one project to receive £500 towards their next production.

There are two other prizes available:

Eastbourne ECO Action Network will offer £500 for the work that addresses the issues of climate change and ecology.

The Cyber Performance Institute will offer a free course or masterclass for the best creative use of technology in performance.

You can also purchase a 'Watch and Rate' ticket for £3 to watch the pieces and rate them as an audience member. Certainly worth a look if you are interested in digital projects.

National Theatre at Home

National Theatre has officially launched its Netflix-like online subscription streaming service: National Theatre At Home. Currently showing 11 productions across the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Fuel Theatre and Young Vic with more promised to be added to the site. Subscriptions are £8.32/month or £83.32/year, but will it be a success?

China Plate's 2021 Optimists

China Plate’s “Optimists” course offers an introduction to the craft of producing theatre in a professional context and building professional networks by de-mystifying the financial, administrative and organisational aspects of producing.

In 2021, this course will be delivered online FREE OF CHARGE and aimed at theatre freelancers whose opportunities to produce work and gain practical experience as a producer have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The course consists of 10x 3-hour-long webinars taking place over 9 weeks from 2nd March - 29th April.

There are 20 free spaces on this course, closing date for applications is 11th January 2021 @ 10.00am Successful applicants will be notified by 18th January.

China Plate looking for 2 Part-Time Associate Producers

China Plate are searching for 2 part-time Freelance Associate Producers. They are needed to scope out community partnerships and lead on events with local partners. They will be working alongside the development of a new musical called “Bus Boycott” currently in development with Birmingham Hippodrome. Written by Roy Williams with music and lyrics from Tim Sutton. The piece looks at the Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963.

Particularly interested to hear from candidates from Black and South Asian heritage due to the context for the project.

Mind The Gap: Theatre and Dance Associates

Mind the Gap is looking for 1 Theatre Associate and 1 Dance Associate to work on their training programmes. One day a week from January to August 2021. You will be delivering practical workshops for their students, this may be a combination of in-person and online. It is desirable for applicants to have experience working with learning disabled young people and adults. The company is based in Bradford so you would need to be able to commute to their studio.

Theatre Peckham Rep Company

Applications open for 18-25 yos to join Theatre Peckham’s year-long rep company programme run by Olivier nominated director Toby Clarke. The programme includes 3 months of training in naturalism, improvisation and more before presenting an original work on TP’s main stage and devising a new piece to be toured around schools, youth centres and other educational institutions.

Members will also receive their own personal showreel materials and professional headshots through the programme.

There will also be Professional Industry Showcase opportunities throughout the year as well as masterclasses from guest practitioners.

For more information email:

The Elf That was Scared of Christmas

Written and performed by Neil McDermott and Gina Beck the show is being performed from the 8th December until the 23rd at the Charing Cross Theatre. Suitable for ages 3-8. Use the code SANTA5 for £5 off every ticket next week.

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