house have consulted with over 90 venues in the South East and East of England about what work they want to programme, what gaps exist and what challenges they face. Many programmers spoke about ‘the well made play’, about needing a hook to reach the audience, about classic theatre. At the same time Arts Council England, rightly places an emphasis on innovation, excellence and extending the form. Our view is that it is possible to achieve both.
The challenge we are putting to companies is to create a contemporary piece of classic theatre that has wide appeal for audiences, and that is suitable for touring on the small to mid-scale to venues of up to 250 seats.
The commission is for a maximum of £35,000, broken down as follows:
In addition the commissioners will offer contacts, advice, specialist intelligence, equipment, producing expertise, rehearsal space, etc. The call is open to national and international artists.Ideally we would like to see the commission delivered in spring or autumn 2013. We are looking for an idea that would not be possible without this investment but have no view on the content or length of the finished piece. For more information about house, visit housetheatre.org.uk
HOW TO APPLY: An open call for a one page declaration of interest from a company with a proven track record describing who, what and why.
Closing date: 12 noon, 31st May 2012, sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a completed contact details form - available at http://housetheatre.org.uk/news/commission/ Background info files to download also available at the house website, above.
From these a short list of 10 – 15 will be selected to produce a more detailed proposal to include a fuller description of the idea, biog’s of potential artists, budget, other sources of income, recent artistic experiences, etc.
Deadline: 28th June 2012
From these we will select 3 – 6 to interview.
Interview date: Friday 13th July 2012