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Activate Performing Arts Do: Theatre Outdoors – performance maker call out

Opportunity type:
For Creatives
Posted by
Verity Shallaker
First Listed
9 June, 2021

Opportunity Overview

Call out for performance makers across Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

If you’d like to find out more about Outdoor Arts and how to make work for delivery in rural or urban landscapes, we’d love to hear from you.

On Wednesday 28 July we are offering a full day workshop at Symondsbury Estate in West Dorset. This is one of the iconic locations chosen for the 2021 Inside Out Dorset festival. Get a sneak preview of the site and join artists Lorna Rees and Paschale Straiton who are making work that responds to this rural location, to hear how to approach creating work in partnership with the natural environment. With support from The Leche Trust, we are able to offer 10 places at the workshop, which will be free to attend, with a bursary of £100 per participant towards costs and expenses.

During the workshop, participants will investigate the different styles of work that can be made for the outdoors. Depending on current government guidance, the course will look at how to respond to social distancing, perhaps blending performance with digital delivery.

In addition, there will be a half day support session delivered by Activate Producers covering logistics and partnership work, along with advice on audience development and marketing.

Participants will also be invited to attend the 2021 Inside Out Dorset events in September.

We would love to hear from you – let us know if you or someone you know needs this information in another format.

Who we are

Activate is here to bring performing arts to as many people as possible. And give creatives the support they need to make outstanding work. We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation working across Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole.  We exist to promote, support and produce performing arts projects in our communities. Bringing world class events to unexpected places, supporting our performing arts community is at the heart of everything we do.

For more information on what we can offer, please visit our For Creatives section of the website.

Who will be delivering the workshop?

Lorna Rees from Gobbledegook Theatre and Paschale Straiton from Red Herring.

Lorna Rees is Artistic Director of Gobbledegook Theatre, a multidisciplinary arts practice who make innovative, national and international touring work for the outdoors, including Without Walls touring show Ear Trumpet and Cloudscapes. She collaborates with a variety of talented artists, musicians and scientists with work frequently inspired by Earth Sciences. Lorna is also an activist, making interventions under the title of ‘Disruption and Joy’. Lorna is a board member of Outdoor Arts UK.

The company continues to work through the global pandemic, cloudgazing with audiences in digital and physical space collaborating with festivals nationally and internationally. In May 2020 Lorna won the Coronavision song contest. Lorna’s new project, Geophonic, co-commissioned by Jerwood Arts and Inside Out Dorset premiers in September 2021.

Paschale is the Co-Director of Red Herring Productions. She is a freelance theatre maker – deviser, performer, writer and director specialising in outdoor and site specific performance. She has worked with a range of companies including Walk the Plank, Avanti Display, Improbable, Bureau of Silly Ideas, Coney, Wildworks, Forkbeard Fantasy, The World Famous, Desperate Men, Cartoon de Salvo, Shifting Sands and Gonzo Moose. Paschale started operating under the name of Red Herring in 2008, creating playfully provocative outdoor theatre shows for outdoor arts festivals, aiming to reach people who don’t go to theatres or galleries.

At Inside Out Dorset 2021 Red Herring will present Whistlers, which explores bird song, language dialects and extinction. They will work with local wildlife experts and community members to identify and record local bird song to be used in the installation and performance project.

What you will receive

  • A full day workshop on Wednesday 28 July delivered in person at Symondsbury Estate. (Up to 10 places available.)
  • Meals and refreshments throughout the day.
  • A bursary of £100 per participant towards costs and expenses.
  • A half day support session delivered by Activate Producers covering logistics and partnership work, along with advice on audience development and marketing. Find out more about the Activate Producers.

Who can apply

  • We’re keen to hear from both emerging artists and practicing artists.
  • This opportunity is open to performance makers in theatre and dance (performer, director, choreographer, writer, creative producer, performance maker) who live or work in Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole.
  • We actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds.
  • You don’t need to have previous experience in the area of making work for outdoor locations.

How to apply

To apply please send the following to info@activateperformingarts.org.uk:

  • Your CV and one piece of additional material (see below) outlining why you are interested in exploring outdoor arts and how this training programme might feed into your own artistic practice.
  • Please also include your name, postcode and contact details, including phone number and email address.

Additional material – you can send up to one side of A4 (approx. 500 words) or alternatively, you can apply via video or audio rather than via written form; maximum length 3 minutes.

If you need additional access support, please contact the Activate team on 01305 260954 or info@activateperformingarts.org.uk

How we will make our decisions:

Members of the Activate Producer team will undertake the selection process, along with Artistic Director, Kate Wood.

When to apply:

  • The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 5 July. Please send completed applications to info@activateperformingarts.org.uk.
  • We will aim to reach decisions by Friday 9 July and will notify all applicants by phone or email so keep us informed of any changes to your contact details during the assessment period.

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