Spark Factory curating artists for Brighton Fringe 2017 (BAME, Disabled, Youth, £170 fee)

The Spark Factory will be curating seven artists at Brighton Fringe 2017  to explore  risky and daring ideas for one night only .

They are looking to find the boldest, strangest and most thought-provoking theatre ideas out there to take part.

Spark Factory says: “If you have a performance idea that sends thrills down your spine but you don’t know if you quite dare to put it on – tell us! It’s probably exactly what we’re looking for.

“If you are chosen you will be part of a new theatre co-operative model – aiming to make presenting work at Fringe Festivals accessible for artists wanting to push the boundaries with their work and not stay within safe ‘commercial’ ideas.”

Financial arrangement: In their own words: “For a small investment (£170) you will be supported to present a truly provocative, exciting, powerful theatrical idea.

“The companies share all the ticket income which will be divided evenly and paid in August 2017.  If we only sell 50% of the tickets we will make £1,470 meaning each company will be paid £210. As the registration fee to Brighton Fringe alone is £139.00 we think this is a great deal!

“In this way The Spark Factory provides a safe space for taking artistic risks – a platform at the largest arts festival in England with a low financial risk for the artist. ”

What you get:  A venue,  promotion online and in print, a mentor, FOH and marketing support from the venue, public liability insurance, press and PR support, networking opportunities before and during the festival, a shared technical rehearsal for all 7 acts to see the space.  You will need to provide your own technician. You are encouraged to keep your tech simple as you won’t have any technical rehearsal time beyond the shared tech slot.

What to submit: You need to think about the following:

  • What is your idea? How does it push the boundaries of your art form? Why will your idea excite audiences?
  • Why are you the right people to perform this idea?
  • Why is The Spark Factory the right platform for you?
  • How long is your idea? (between 15 mins & 50 mins)
  • What do you need from an artistic mentor?
  • The space will dictate how you might present your idea. You can see here how Waterfront 1 is configured – you need to work around this so make sure to tell us how your performance will fit into the space.

How to apply:   With written and video applications to Either write your answers in an email or upload a video to YouTube and send via this link.

Deadline: 24 February 2017

Source:  Arts Council England

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