Theatrescience seeks talented young writers aged 18-25

October 12, 2009

Theatrescience is inviting promising young dramatic writers in the South West to take part in ‘Not My Fault’ – a series of workshops and performances at the Eden Project in Cornwall that bring together theatre, drama, and cutting edge developments in biomedical science.
(Closing date for applications: 30 October 2009)

As part of ‘Not My Fault’, five young writers will create short pieces of ‘guerrilla theatre’ that will take place Eden Project, ambushing the audience as they journey through the biomes. This exciting opportunity offers young writers the chance to:

  • Take part in workshops with professional playwrights and scientists, to inspire the creation of new writing
  • Receive mentoring from established playwrights to develop new theatrical pieces
  • See their work professionally directed and produced
  • Get their final productions staged in the Eden Project

Theatrescience has been using drama and theatre to explore some of the moral, ethical, economic and political aspects of developments in biomedical science for seven years now, both in the UK and India. ‘Not My Fault’ is the next large-scale project taking place over the coming year, focusing on health and genetics, with final productions in November 2010.  The team includes Rebecca Gould (Producer), Jeff Teare (Director), Simon Turley (Playwright), Professor A Pinching (Scientific Advisor) and Mel Scaffold (Project Manager).

To apply, you don’t need any specific scientific knowledge – just curiosity about the issues we will be exploring, and a commitment to creating engaging new work.  As well as honing your craft, this will be a great opportunity to learn about new areas that will impact on how we live our lives in the 21st century.

If you would like to take part, create new dramatic work and see it professionally staged, you need to send one A4 piece of writing that represents you well – this can be an extract from a longer text, and does not necessarily need to be theatre writing.  Please send this with a brief covering letter, saying why you want to be considered, to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Shortlisted writers will be invited to take part in a writing workshop on SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER from 1-4pm in Plymouth.  Shortly thereafter, five writers will be selected to take part in ‘Not My Fault’, which will commence with 2 days’ of workshops at the Eden Project on 21 and 22 NOVEMBER 2009.  Creation of the new dramatic pieces will take place over the following year, with production in November 2010.  The selected writers will receive a bursary to cover their expenses.

Applicants must be available for the above workshop dates.

For more information, or if you have any queries, please contact Mel Scaffold at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 07825 001149

Closing date for applications: Friday 30 October 2009

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