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Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor will present R.D. Wakeman's play Blight in a staged reading Sunday 27th October 2019. Blight is set in a mansion in an absurdist dystopian world where people and belongings are disappearing from the house and from memory. Food is sparse, there's some sort of blight, pills are prescribed by those in power, a strange circus has come to town, and spies are everywhere. No-one seems too concerned except Nanny but she won't find her way out unless she actually looks for one.

There will be audience feedback following the reading. Thanks to all those involved & to Theatre Nova for including Blight in it's Michigan Playwrights Festival 2019.

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Playwriting (level 2) with John Burgess

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 14/08/2019 - 19/08/2019
    
Note: this is the second week of a progressive two week series. The first session is here.

"John has the most extensive knowledge of theatre past and present of anyone I know."(Sarah Daniels)

"Over three decades he has guided me to my greatest writing, has tempered my excesses, encouraged me to continue, to continue, to strive and be better; I fear I may have disappointed him, he has never disappointed me." (David Spencer)

"Scrupulous and considerate, he always made you feel you mattered - a rare experience for playwrights. He didn't say, 'this line is bad'; he identified something good you had done, and made you immediately want to make the rest as good. In John's world, writing and integrity and humane values have always been inseparable." (Meredith Oakes)

John Burgess has worked as a director and producer of new plays for over forty years. He helped found the National Theatre Studio with Peter Gill in 1984 and he was Head of New Writing at the National theatre 1989 -1994. Writers whose work he has premiered include Nicholas Wright, Sarah Daniels, Jonathan Harvey, Judith Johnson, David Spencer, Stephen Wakelam and Meredith Oakes. His productions have been seen at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Donmar, the Bush, Stratford East, Riverside Studios and BBC Television as well as abroad in Switzerland, Scandinavia and the US.

Since 2011 John has been running a highly successful writers' group whose graduates have had their work performed at the National Theatre, in the West End, at the Soho Theatre, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Arcola, BBC Radio 4, the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, the Finborough and Hampstead Theatre and published by Faber and Nick Hern Books. For more details, see John's website.

These five days are about the practice not the theory of playwriting.

Days will be divided into 2 intense two-hour group sessions with assigned reading and set exercises in between, making for eight (or even nine) hour days focused on the practical business of writing for the stage. This second five day period builds on skills acquired during the first week, exploring further, more complex topics such as images, letters, science, group scenes, history, work, and the rhetoric of persuasion

Participants will be guided towards finding individual solutions to specific problems of writing for the stage, enabling beginners to find firm ground beneath their feet and giving the more experienced an opportunity to refine and extend their skills.

Following the success of last year's course CAMP are now offering two consecutive weeks with a second follow-up five day period exploring further more complex topics such as images, science, group scenes, history, work, and the rhetoric of persuasion. If you would like to attend both weeks, we encourage you to apply for a grant here and mention in your application that you intend to come to both courses. Applicants attending both weeks will be awarded a grant towards the cost of the second week.

"Since completing John's course I have gone on to have my first full length play premiered at the Traverse Theatre, a play that will also receive its US premiere in 2017" (Ross Dunsmore)

"I was invited to write for the 40th Miniaturists event at the Arcola Theatre in April 2013, I've had two short plays performed by Script Sessions at the Courtyard Theatre and the New Britannia Theatre. I've recently landed my first seed commission by winning first prize in A Play for the Nation's Youth. This was a national playwriting competition run jointly by Salisbury Playhouse, Nick Hern Books, Out of Joint and BBC Writersroom. None of this could have happened without John's help." (Fiona Doyle, www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/fiona-doyle)

"John combines an extraordinary knowledge of world drama with a musician's ear for rhythm, tone, atmosphere and feeling. He is the best teacher you will ever have, and he is an artist in the truest sense." (Denise Keane)

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08/14/2019
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INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS -FESTIVAL LMDP 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS
FESTIVAL OF ART, THEATRE AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
"THE WONDERS OF POSSIBLE"
CAGLIARI (Italy), VI EDITION 

In November 2019, Kyber Teatro organises in Cagliari (Italy) the 6° Edition of the International Theatre, Art and New Technologies Festival called “Le meraviglie del Possibile”.

LMDP Festival is the first of this kind in the whole Italy. Its aim is to promote the interrelation between artistic and technological languages.

Kyber Teatro – spin off of L’Aquilone di Viviana (theatre and new technologies company, creator and manager of LMDP Festival), addresses to Italian and International artists an Open Call to submit their projects about “Interaction between arts and technology”.

Who can attend

The participation is open to artists of every nationality, working individually or in a group.

Eligible projects

• Theatrical plays, performances.

• Installations that explore and realize the interaction between artwork, exhibition space and observers with the contribution of technology.

Application (deadline the 30rd of June 2019)

The theme of the sixt edition of LMDP Festival is the interrelation between theatre, arts and new technology.

The application must contain:

• Artist's CV;

• Detailed description of the project (in PDF);

• Technical rider;

• Selection of max 5 photos;

• Link audio / video material (Vimeo or Youtube).

The result is going to be notified only to selected projects by the Month of July 2019.

Econimic conditions.
Full coverage of all the costs for mobility in Cagliari (travels, board and accomodation) and the compilance for safety standards of the space is guaranteed by Kyber teatro. Subject to agreements with our technical director, also any material required for the presentation of the performance/show/play/installation can be covered. 
The Open Call winners will have the opportunity to present their work two times (performance not paid, the partecipation it will be free) and to hold a workshop with entrance tickets for the audience (workshop proceeds will go to the artists). 

Publication

Applying for the call, artists agree that the projects should be represented at the Festival. Selected artists must provide a short biography and an abstract of the project. They also agree that the material related to the project could be published on the Festival website and/or presented to the press for promotional purposes.

Archiving process

Artists authorise Kyber Teatro - L'aquilone di Viviana to present their work, to store the material and make it accessible through the Festival's website. All rights to the artwork and images will remain to the artist. The Organization is also entitled to document the event in all its phases through audio recordings,
video or images.

 

Deadline: 
06/30/2019

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Scratch, Crackle & POP!

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Calling Writers, Performers & Poets!

We welcome you to Scratch, Crackle & POP!, our seasonal scratch night showcasing the work of writers, performers and poets in the early stages of development, giving audiences a taste of upcoming and developing shows.

Want to get involved?

Applications for the June scratch night are now OPEN.

Please send the following information to theatre@poplarunion.com by Sunday 2 June for the chance to take part:

  • The type & length of performance (ie. theatre/dance/spoken word. Performances must last no longer than 15 minutes)
  • Max 200 words description of the performance (this doesn’t have to be too polished and can be a list of ideas, themes or questions you are exploring)
  • Links to previous/current work (eg. YouTube/Vimeo/Tumblr)
  • Basic tech requirements

All applicants shall receive a response by Friday 14 June. The show will take place on Thursday 27 June.

Deadline: 
06/14/2019

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Small creative studio available now

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We are happy to offer two affordable working spaces for creative businesses, currently available at Hoxton Hall's social entreprise Hoxton Works: 

• Unit B2 - Studio on basement level with roof window. 435 sq ft £15600 p/a (£1305 p/m)  plus service charge (£118.17 p/m) . - Available now. 

• Unit 2.1 - Bright and airy 8-14 desk office space on the second floor. 824 sq ft £29664 p/a (£2472 p/m) plus service charge (£223.85 p/m) - Available now. 

Hoxton Works is located in the heart of Shoreditch: 3min walking distance from Hoxton Overground/ 10min from Old Street tube /15min from Liverpool Street Station. 

Features:  Bills included/ Accessible 24/7 / Free booking of Hoxton Hall's meeting room/ shared kitchen and accessible toilets/ recycling facilities /alarm system / lift to all floors/ telephones and internet services installed easy to set up through our provider. 

Join an exciting creative community, get in touch now!

Deadline: 
05/24/2019
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Global Indigenous Voices - calling for playwrights

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Global Voices is an UK based theatre project working with international playwrights to share new rehearsed readings. We are joining forces with Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival to present Global Indigenous Voices.

Curated by Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet, the evening will feature excerpts from five plays by Indigenous writers from around the world, and a post-performance discussion about the plays and the themes unearthed.  

We welcome submissions from all Indigenous writers.

The performances of rehearsed excerpts will be taking place on Thursday 13th June 2019 at the British Library in London. 

We are looking for plays from contexts beyond the UK; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres. 

Plays can be any length, and with any number of characters; and must be in, or translated into, English.

If you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate. This is a paid opportunity.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 5pm GMT, 1st May 2019

This is a paid opportunity. The event is funded by Arts Council England.

Deadline: 
05/01/2019

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