Applications for Live Theatre Bursaries to support fresh and innovative approaches to story-based theatre are now closed for 2020.
Thank you to everyone who has got involved. We have a small team working through all submissions and we will share news on plans for any developments as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience at this time. Please note that we are not able to provide feedback on any submissions we are not intending to develop.
The Live Theatre Bursary offers a £2000 cash grant to use as against any part of your project. In addition, the bursary will also include dramaturgical and producing support as well as R&D and rehearsal space. Bursary winning pieces will be have the opportunity to be performed as part of Live Theatre’s Elevator programme.
The Live Theatre Bursary looks for ideas which show innovative approaches to story-based theatre. These ideas must be original and suitable for theatrical production, story-led and complimentary to Live’s aims and current programming. Artists must provide evidence that they are able to see the project through to the end and it must be a new piece of work; anything that has been developed to full production elsewhere is ineligible.
Finally, it must be exciting and challenging in both content and form and give a platform to under-represented groups within the arts.
Submissions can come from individuals, companies or collaborations and there is an expectation that the recipient artists or company will want to develop an artistic relationship with Live Theatre. Although Live Theatre’s focus is on the North East, applications from elsewhere in the UK are welcome. Submissions from outside the UK will not be considered.
The theatre is open to all ideas except adaptations, re-imaginings, children’s theatre, dance or circus work.
All bursary winning pieces will be presented at Elevator Festival 2021.
Previous bursary winners
Previous bursary winners include Rat Boy by Christina Berriman Dawson and Lee Mattinson (now scheduled for full production in autumn 2020), Nuclear Future by Gameshow Theatre, Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Claokroom theatre, Lists for the End of the World by fanSHEN, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp by Alison Carr and Captain Amazing by Alistair McDowall.
‘For young artists, it is a luxury to have the time to dedicate to the process of making a show, without constantly have to think about the end product. Having the support of Live Theatre gave us more confidence, we got to meet other artists working in the building and we had a space to develop and thrive.'
Cameron Sharp and Jake Jarratt, recipients of 2018 Bursary for W*nk Buddies which was performed at Elevator Festival 2019.
'Winning the Bursary last year helped us make a show we’re now very proud of but also more importantly, as newcomers to the region, gave us a home. Presenting our work to audiences, next to other exciting companies, really helped us develop what we were trying to do - that’s what every artist needs!'
Rachel Briscoe – fanSHEN (bursary Recipients 2016).
Are there specific criteria around the type of work we are looking for?
We are not looking for adaptations, reimagining’s, children’s theatre, dance or circus work. Outside of this we are open to all ideas.
Do we accept proposals from companies working outside of the North East?
We are happy to consider proposals from anywhere within the UK, however we are unable to accept applications from artists based internationally. There is an expectation that the recipient artist or company will want to develop an artistic relationship with Live Theatre.
Do I need to have a complete creative team to apply?
We understand that some artists will be applying in the very early stages of their projects and we are happy to support successful artists to find suitable collaborators and performers. However it is important the artist has a clear idea of what they would need from potential collaborators. We are happy to consider submissions from companies and individuals.
At what stage of development are the artists involved at?
We are keen to engage with artists at all levels of development. Whether an emerging or established artist, whatever your age, this opportunity is open to you.
“Winning the Live Theatre Bursary helped us make a show we’re now very proud of. Presenting our work to audiences, next to other exciting companies, really helped us develop what we were trying to do - that’s what every artist needs!”Rachel Briscoe, fanSHEN, bursary winners 2016
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