NTC Touring Theatre Company has received funding from ACE Grants for the Arts to produce
‘A WIFE OR THE GALLOWS AND OTHER TELLING TALES’
‘Canterbury Tales’ for family audiences.
Touring nationally in autumn 2015: NTC seeks
one emergent Northern based writer
to join the writing team for this project.
An evening of six tale-telling misadventures with comic, swashbuckling, sad and bawdy traditional stories, linked through character, music and song in a ‘Canterbury Tales’, story-telling format. Including popular Northern Tales such as ‘A Snowball in June and Midside Maggie’s Bannock’; ‘The Adventures of Launcelot Errington and his Nephew Mark’ and other unremembered classics! As well as tales from the working roots of the region: fishing, mining, farming and ship building. An evening to delight, enchant and entertain with music, song and plenty of humour.
Writers may be complete beginners or have had one professional production of their work: this is an open competition process.
Successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to attend a 2 day professional writing workshop at the end of May in Alnwick, Northumberland (NB there are no expenses payable for this workshop):
: Basic playwrighting ‘tools’ required to present your work/ideas: including layout, structure, character and plot.
: Adapting an extant story for theatrical presentation.
These workshops will be lead by
, published playwright, author and Royal Literary Fund Fellow and
playwright and published author, and actor who has adapted ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’; ‘Great Expectations’; ‘Whisky Galore’; ‘Tartuffe’ and ‘Mary Barton’, amongst others, for the stage.
• Shortlisted applicants will then be required to work up their idea for a Tale in light of their workshop experience.
• One writer will be selected and have the opportunity to see their work professionally produced and will be paid
an inclusive fee of £1,000
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit the following information:
• A one page synopsis of your idea or the story that you wish to adapt and why? N.B. This must be a
: either an adaptation of a story (e.g. from Wilson’s Tales of the Borders or any other traditional tales, or a traditional or new tale from the working roots of the region: fishing, mining, farming and ship building. (Please note if you are chosen to work on this project, you may need to modify your idea to ensure it fits in within the whole project of six plays).
• The first 10 pages of a play script you have previously written
• A writing CV and/or reason why this opportunity is important to you at this moment.
o Plays must last no longer than twenty minutes
o Plays must be suitable to tour to intergenerational community audiences 13+ as well as theatre audiences.
o Plays will be for 6 actors 3m 3f, (though more characters are possible with doubling and cross-gender casting) 2 of the actors will be trainees most likely under 25.
o Plays will be directed by Gillian Hambleton, Artistic Director of NTC.
Please submit your application to Email: [email protected]
noon on 1 May 2015 (N.B. no other queries regarding this opportunity will be answered by email)