SUNDAYS IN THE PARK WITH ANGEL
The current world health crisis has led to UK theatres going dark. The devastating impact of this on all those working in our industry is huge. We have been thinking of ways we can continue to plan and create, in preparation for when venues reopen. We have come up with an idea that will allow us to discover and explore new writing as well as giving creatives an opportunity to work and network safely by maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Since staging a piece of new writing has long been on our agenda, we have decided that now would be an ideal time to continue the search. Over the summer months, we intend to gather a selection of new plays that we feel have the potential to be produced. Once we have a shortlist, we will cast these from our database of professional actors and organise a workshop and rehearsed reading of each play. In addition to John Patterson (our own Artistic Director), guest directors will be invited to direct some of the pieces. Sessions will take place in the open air on Sundays in London parks, maintaining whatever government social distancing guidelines are in place at the time of each meeting. We will also invite the Artistic Directors of selected London fringe venues along to hear the plays read.
The benefits of us facilitating creativity to continue at such a challenging time for the arts are obvious! We must keep our trained minds, bodies and voices active. These gatherings will also provide an opportunity for creatives to meet new contacts, network and share not only their concerns, but hopes for the future of our jobs and industry as a whole. We aim to ensure all these sessions are LIVE and that we meet in person, not via zoom. We deplore the suggestion that theatre may have to become recorded and streamed to survive. This will not become our “new normal” as, for us, theatre is a LIVE EVENT or it is simply not theatre!
The big question; Is it paid? The short answer; No! Unfortunately, this is an unpaid opportunity as we have no funding for it. Everyone involved will be donating their services for free to keep their creative juices flowing. However, by participating, the benefits include a 2020 credit for your Spotlight/CV, exposure on our website and social media, the opportunity to meet and network with other industry professionals and, of course, the possibility that we may choose to produce one of these plays in the near future.
TO GET INVOLVED...
(Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st July)
If you have a play which has a relatively small cast, please email your CV and a synopsis in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject SUNDAYS WRITE
To be added to our database of actors wishing to be involved in these sessions, please email your Spotlight link to us at email@example.com with the subject SUNDAYS ACT
If you are interested in directing one of these sessions, please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject SUNDAYS DIRECT
We look forward to hearing from you so that we can get the ball rolling!