Call for submissions for Radical Ideas at Rich Mix (£500 commission)

In April 2016 Rich Mix turns 10. As part of their birthday celebrations they will be commissioning a range of new work that is rooted in the East End, and curating a programme that explores the historical, political and artistic context in which Rich Mix was conceived and founded.

They intend for the programme to celebrate the rich diversity of the local area and to examine how the arts is closely linked to political and social change. This programme will look back at the history of protest, dissent and creativity in the East End and they hope that it will allow artists to imagine the London of the next decade and beyond.

For these celebrations, they will commission ten new pieces of work that will take place in their performance spaces upstairs between April 2016 and March 2017.

Eligibility:  In order for your work to be considered, you must have been working in live performance for 5 years or less. Work must be no longer than 90 minutes (excluding interval), however they will consider shorter works to be presented as part of a double or triple bill.

What to submit:  Your proposal must be an original idea, which has not yet been shown, and cannot be shown elsewhere prior to your performance at Rich Mix.

As a guide, they invite you to respond to one or more of the themes below –

  • Gentrification
  • Radicalisation
  • Protest
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Feminism
  • Housing
  • Arts Funding
  • Racism
  • Class
  • Rhetoric
  • Education
  • Social Mobility
  • Democracy
  • Borders
  • Migration

What you get:  They are offering a £500 commission, as well as rehearsal space at Rich Mix, a performance included in the main programme and a split of the box office for the performance.

If your work is chosen, you will benefit from:

  • Inclusion in Rich Mix’s main artistic programme
  • A £500 fee
  • Ticket sale income on a box office split basis
  • Inclusion in Rich Mix marketing materials
  • Free performance space at Rich Mix in our studio theatre, supported by a full technical and front of house team
  • Free rehearsal space in Rich Mix’s rehearsal room (At least 40 hours guaranteed, and more subject to availability and requirements)
  • Expert support and advice from Rich Mix’s creative team and selected partners
  • The opportunity for your work to be seen by industry professionals and networking opportunities
  • Guidance from Rich Mix on future performance opportunities

Dates & Selection process:  The available performance slots are as follows – Saturday 30th April, Friday 20th May, Friday 17th June and Saturday 9th July.

There are 10 slots in total, and applications for the remaining 6 dates (Sep, Oct and Nov 2016. Jan, Feb, Mar 2017) will open later in the year.

Your submission will be reviewed by a professional panel headed by Oliver Carruthers – Rich Mix’s Head of Programming; he will be joined by a selection of leading arts practitioners from across London.

Please note that, although they are committed to reviewing every proposal, we cannot provide personal feedback for every submission received.

How to apply:  To apply, please download and complete the submission form on their website and return to programming@richmix.org.uk with ‘Radical Ideas – Submission’ in the subject line. Please also feel free contact them at that address with any queries relating to your application.

Deadline:  Wednesday 10 February at 5pm

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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