Platform 18: New Directions Award - Call for proposals

Platform 18: New Directions Award - Call for proposals

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).


A budget of £6000 to cover fees, production costs and performances in both venues.

In kind support, the Arches will also provide:

  • A full-time stage manager
  • Project Management support
  • Technical assistance
  • Standard sound and lighting facilities in the performance space
  • Rehearsal space
  • Marketing support
  • The support of an experienced mentor at all stages of the preparation and production process
  • Billing and marketing of the production under the banner of ‘The Arches’ and ‘The Traverse Theatre’


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:

  • New writing
  • Physical and visual theatre
  • Site responsive theatre
  • Devised work

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.

Download the Platform 18: New Directions Information Sheet and Application Form here.