Mon 13 Oct 2014
The Platform 18: New Directions award aims to support the UK’s most talented young or emergent stage directors in offering them the opportunity to stage a funded theatre production. In line with our long-standing commitment to supporting and nurturing emergent theatre talent, the award is open to all such stage directors who can demonstrate a commitment to working professionally in Scotland. The project will be run in association with the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. The selection panel will be made up of Gillian Garrity (Arts Programme Producer, The Arches), Caroline Newall (Director of Artistic Development, National Theatre of Scotland), Orla O’Loughlin (Artistic Director, Traverse Theatre) and Stewart Laing (Artistic Director, Untitled Projects).
The programme offers an emergent stage director the resources and mentoring support to stage a professional production from inception right up to performance. The final work is then showcased alongside The Arches’ programme of high-profile international work as part of our Behaviour Festival subsequently transferring to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.
The ethos of the programme is to facilitate directors and theatre makers at the early stages of their career to develop their artistic practice and showcase their work to industry attention. The award winner will receive dedicated support to realize their production including 3 weeks rehearsal space, the services of a Production Manger and Technical Stage Manager, The Arches marketing team and the resources required to stage their work at the Traverse.
Crucially, each award winner is matched with an experienced mentor to steer them through all stages of the creative and production process. Previous advisors have included practitioners at the centre of the Scottish theatrical landscape such as Stewart Laing, Ben Harrison, Graham McLaren and Dee Heddon.
Many previous recipients of the award have gone on to prolific careers at the forefront of the theatre industry both in the UK and internationally, making further work not only with the Arches and Traverse Theatre, but other organisations including the National Theatre Of Scotland, Tramway, Tron, Dundee Rep, BAC, Barbican, National Theatre, Young Vic and Hebbel Theater Am Ufer, Berlin.
Previous winners have included performance makers such as Michael John O’Neil and Rob Jones (2013) Peter McMaster (2012), Amanda Monfrooe (2012), Kieran Hurley (2011), Gary Gardiner (2011), Claire Duffy (2010), Gareth Nicholls (2010), Nic Green (2009), Sacha Kyle (2009), Rob Drummond (2008), Cora Bissett (2007) and Davey Anderson (2005).
WHAT WE PROVIDE
A budget of £6000 to cover fees, production costs and performances in both venues.
In kind support, the Arches will also provide:
The Arches is committed to supporting ground-breaking work across all art forms and is continually interrogating its role as a venue that defines artistic bravery and risk taking. We are constantly seeking out genuine artistic experimentation. Whilst all proposals will be considered, our preference will be towards work taking a new or particularly innovative approach. Our concept of theatre is wide, and includes:
Productions will be considered for performance in either the Arches studio theatre or large basement practice space. The production must also be suitable to transfer to Traverse 2.
The deadline for applications is Monday 13th October 2014.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”