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FORM Offers Theatre Training Experience

FORM Meeting

Move quickly to grab one of seven places on this exciting opportunity for theatre aspirants living within roughly eight miles of Blackpool centre. FORM, LeftCoast, Grand Theatre Blackpool and Arts Council England have combined to present, FRAMEWORK, a new theatre development programme.

FORM, for those of you who don’t know, is a network of people interested in showing, making and supporting performance in Blackpool. Originally established by LeftCoast and now led by local creative Angelica Burrill the group set out to secure the funding for FRAMEWORK and has done so.

This programme supports experimenting and playing with ideas rather than making an audience-ready piece, and there isn’t a planned public performance. Applications will be assessed on strong ideas, commitment to the programme, availability for key dates, and a convincing case that the programme will be useful to the applicant

New work in a range of theatre styles – cabaret, musical theatre, live art, and solo shows – will be supported.

The programme offers:

  • £200 for travel, props, costume, lunches
  • Free rehearsal space
  • Guidance from an establish artistic mentor
  • Guidance from Grand Theatre Blackpool and LeftCoast
  • Technical support
  • A network of peers.

All participants must be available on at least three of these four weekends: 19/20 November, 26/27 November, 10/11 December, 14/15 January.

This programme has been created in recognition of the importance of peer networks, guidance from artistic mentors, and industry advice for independent theatre makers to continue to develop and thrive. Similar programmes take place across the UK (for example Camden People’s Theatre’s Starting Blocks, and Battersea Arts Centre’s Homegrown).

This has to be a not-to-be-missed opportunity for those seeking a theatre-based career and would be a useful adjunct to school or college-based courses, the direct contact with professionals who have probably ‘seen it all’ being invaluable and rarely available. If you don’t apply, you definitely won’t get a place.

For more information or to download an application form visit www.formblackpool.co.uk/framework. Applications must be in by 2pm on 10 October 2016 and are open NOW.

  • I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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