Call-out to artists working in theatre/performance & outdoor arts/circus!
Total Theatre Artists as Writers is a free mentoring and training programme in writing skills, led by Total Theatre Magazine’s editors working with guest mentors/workshop leaders
Applications open now | close 22 October 2021 at 6pm
Programme runs November 2021 to March 2022
Are you an artist/theatre maker keen to develop your writing skills? Are you interested in exploring writing about art and theatre making, past and present? Do you want to think more systematically about how we write about alternative theatre and performance practice?
Total Theatre Artists as Writers offers a four-month programme of free workshops and one-to-one
mentoring sessions for contemporary theatre/performance artists interested in exploring writing
about their own and other people’s alternative artistic practices.
Total Theatre Magazine champions artist-led critical writing, putting the practitioner at the heart of the discourse about their own work and the work of their peers. For the past thirty years the magazine, first in print and now online, has played a crucial role in promoting and championing alternative theatre practice in the UK, celebrating and supporting physical and visual theatre, circus, street arts, puppetry, performance & live art, queer arts, interactive work, and more. The TTM site can be viewed at www.totaltheatre.org.uk The archive is at totaltheatre.org.uk/archive.
The mentorship will include workshops in writing skills on Zoom plus a one-to-one writing development plan to include mentoring sessions to support the artists involved, via whatever medium works best for each individual, plus editorial guidance and feedback delivered by email. The project will result in the writing of an extended essay/article, to be published by Total Theatre Magazine.
There will be three main strands that we will pursue throughout the programme:
• Reflecting on and writing about the artist’s own journey and current practice
• Research into the work of other artists, companies, organisations, or artforms/strands of practice (contemporary or historic) that the artist has a particular interest in – with reference to the Total Theatre Archive and/or other archives or resources
• Reflection on the diversification of the theatre/performance/outdoor arts sectors, with sessions delivered by guest workshop leaders, and an encouragement to research and create articles written by or about artists of colour, LGBTQ+ artists, artists from working class & migrant communities, and on community responsive theatre- and art-making.
Please note this is a voluntary participatory project, offering free training and mentoring. No prior
writing experience is necessary, simply a committed interest in exploring your own practice.
Our partners in this project are: Out There Arts, Without Walls, London International Mime Festival, Polari LGBTQ+ Literary Salon, and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. We thank all of these organisations for their support. We also thank Arts Council England, and National Lottery players, who have made this project possible.
How to Apply:
Please send a short letter (200-300w) telling us about your artistic background, where you’re
based, and why you’d like to take part. Include an image of you or your work.
We would like to ensure that we mentor a good cross-section of artists of all sorts in the project, so
would appreciate knowing if you identify as BAME, or D/deaf or disabled, or LGBTQ+, or if you
feel that you are a member of an under-represented group that needs more visibility!
Send applications to editor Dorothy Max Prior: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline Monday 18 October 2021, 6pm
Successful applicants will be contacted by 25 October 2021.
Contact the Total Theatre Editorial Team for further information:
Dorothy Max Prior, editor email@example.com Tel/WhatsApp + 44 7752 142526
Beccy Smith, associate editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel/WhatsApp +44 7977 511556
www.totaltheatre.org.uk | @TotalTheatreMag | https://www.facebook.com/TotalTheatreMag
More about Total Theatre Magazine:
Total Theatre Magazine champions artist-led critical writing, putting the practitioner at the heart of the discourse about their own work and the work of their peers. For more than thirty years the magazine, first in print and now online, has played a crucial role in promoting and championing alternative theatre and
performance practice in the UK. The Total Theatre Magazine website can be viewed at
www.totaltheatre.org.uk The Total Theatre Magazine Print Archive is at totaltheatre.org.uk/archive
Total Theatre Magazine also runs a number of other projects, including Total Theatre Talks, presented in collaboration with festivals and venues across the UK; Total Theatre Training & The Writing’s On the Streets, offering one-off or short-course writing workshops; and Total Theatre Artists as Writers, a three-month+scheme mentoring artists who wish to write about their own and other’s work.
Total Theatre Magazine first ran the Total Theatre Artists as Writers training and CPD programme as part of our Total Theatre Print Archive project in 2019. For that incarnation of the programme, participants
reflected on their own practice in relation to artists’ work explored through the archive: See http://
totaltheatre.org.uk/archive/artist-writers This went so well that TTM ran the programme again in 2020 (completely online this time). The third iteration runs November 2021 to March 2022. Articles generated from the programme will be posted on the main website: http://totaltheatre.org.uk
Our partners in this project:
Out There Arts
Out There Arts / National Centre for Outdoor Arts and Circus produces the Out There International Festival in Great Yarmouth each September with one of the largest programmes of circus in the UK, as well as
producing other large-scale shows and events, including the new Fire on the Water. They also run the Drill House International Creation Centre – a 20,000 square feet complex for creation, training, fabrication, community activity and events working with UK and International Artists and Companies.
Out There Arts is funded by Arts Council England and supported by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council. https://outtherearts.org.uk/
For more information on Out There Festival 17–19 September 2021, see https://outtherearts.org.uk/outthere-festival/
Without Walls is a consortium of over 35 festivals and arts organisations that brings fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. Since its formation in 2007, Without Walls has developed and toured over 200 new shows by UK companies and supported the Research and Development of over 75 projects. Without Walls commissions have toured widely both in the UK and internationally across 22 countries. Without Walls is managed by XTRAX, an independent management and production company based in Manchester with over 20 years’ experience in Outdoor Arts: www.xtrax.org.uk
Without Walls is supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.
www.withoutwalls.uk.com | facebook.com/WithoutWallsUK | @WWconsortium
London International Mime Festival
The London International Mime Festival (LIMF) is an annual theatre event in London. Its directors are Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan, winners of the International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence. It was established in 1977 by Joseph Seelig and Nola Rae and it is the longest running event of its kind in the world – a month-long showcase for ground-breaking visual/physical theatre, new circus, object theatre and live art.
LIMF returns in 2022 with a full programme of shows at venues across the capital from Wednesday 12 January – Sunday 6 February. In addition to these performances, LIMF will run live and online workshops, after-show discussions with artists, and a new series of short films created by international artists.
Polari is an award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon. It was founded by author Paul Burston in 2007, and began in a bar in Soho. Since 2009, Polari have been based at London’s Southbank Centre. They also tour regularly, funded by Arts Council England.
The Polari Prize Tenth Anniversary Tour showcases writers long- and short-listed for the Polari Prize awards for emerging and established LGBTQ+ literary talent, as well as winners from the Prize’s ten year history, dating back to 2011.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Rose Bruford College, based in Sidcup, south-east London, is a drama school offering degree programmes in acting, directing, and other theatre arts. The college teaching, learning and training ethos is based on artistry, collaboration, community, discovery, diversity, employability, independence, and professionalism. Students and staff work in collaboration across a number of campuses to make and produce over 75 shows a year. The College mission is to achieve social and cultural impact by delivering the highest quality vocational training and education. Their teaching covers a wide, innovative spectrum of subjects and delivers proactive graduates who are creative, empowered and employable.