Established Specialists Residency
9th-13th January 2022
Application Deadline: 12.00 on Tuesday November 16th 2021
Thought it was well run with great mentors who had a lot to offer. The mix of the attendees was great with a range of disciplines and stages of development. A perfect setting to work and be inspired as it was comfortable, beautiful and the food was excellent! It enabled me to really focus on the show I had come to develop which is a complete luxury for me… and that is priceless!’
Gemma Mae Halligan – Amadan – previous participant.
UNLIKELY THEATRICAL JOURNEYS
Do you work in a field or performative/ artistic specialism that you would like to ‘theatricalise’, but don’t know how to? If so, Surge would like to hear from you. You may be a circus performer working with Chinese pole or juggling clubs; you may be a technically accomplished dancer, a video games designer, a sculptor. or someone who doesn’t even work in the arts at all: a sportsperson, a gardener, or even a computer programmer.
In this week Surge will work with experienced mentors to develop their initial ideas into plausible outlines for theatrical projects, using tools and specialisms from outside the traditional parameters of theatre as a starting point. Key areas explored will include considering the distinction between mere tricks and the theatrical; using everyday objects and activities to open up imaginative spaces; affect & connecting with audiences; and principles of dramaturgy.
We are particularly keen to work with as diverse a range of participants as possible, particularly specialists who may never have had the opportunity to work directly in theatre before, so please pass on this advert to the most unlikely friends and associates you can think of!
The residency will be led by Hilary Westlake, Bill Gee and Al Seed
- Applications are welcome from collaborating specialists, but no more than three per group.
- Applications encouraged from collaborators in differing specialisms.
- UK wide and international applications are welcome, some places are reserved for Scotland based practitioners.
Have a body of acclaimed professional work behind them in their specialism
Have an idea for the creation of a new work
The idea should be at an early stage of development
Surge will provide;
- Experienced mentors to lead the residency
1. A structured residency in a rural location in Scotland
2. A balanced group of established specialists representing a wide variety of projects
3. Transport from Glasgow to the residency location
4. Accommodation and food for the duration of the residency
Please send a project outline of your proposed new work in no more than 500 words plus a personal biography of you and any proposed collaborators for the project to Alan Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12.00 on Tuesday November 16th 2021.
Please email email@example.com or ring 0141 428 6910 if you have any questions
Hilary Westlake trained for the theatre at E.15 Acting School and performed with several avant garde companies including Interaction’s TOC and London La Mama before forming Lumiere & Son Theatre Company with writer, David Gale. The company, funded by the Arts Council, produced over fifty original shows for theatres, shopping centres, ferry boats, botanical gardens, castles and swimming pools.
Hilary directs existing texts, operas and cabaret and creates large scale site specific performances. She has worked all over Europe, Australia and parts of Asia and has extensive experience in running seminars and workshops for both professional and student performers, designers, writers and directors.
Bill has worked in a variety of roles, art forms and contexts for the past 30 years, most recently as a creative and festival director working with a variety of art form practices for diverse audiences, particularly in outdoor and public realm contexts.
Bill has directly produced artists’ projects working in the public realm including Kaffe Matthews, Jyll Bradley, Metis Arts, Nutkhut. Through his programming work with Inside Out Dorset festival; Corby’s GROW; IF Milton Keynes International Festival; Bloomsbury Festival and as lead on the Seedbed R&D programme at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre he has supported scores of new commissions and artist development processes.
Al Seed is a performance maker with over 20 years experience. The shows he has created in the fields of theatre, visual and physical theatre, dance, circus, outdoor arts and one-on-one performance have earned him Fringe First, Herald Angel, Herald Little Devil, and Total Theatre Awards. He has delivered projects in Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, and throughout Europe.m He has been the resident mentor at Dance Base, Edinburgh, as well as the artist in residence for the Arches, Glasgow, and the Byre Theatre, St. Andrews. From 2009-2014 he was the founding Artistic Director of Surge, Scotland’s national organisation for physical performance. He regularly guest directs and teaches, and is also the Director of Waypoint-1, a Scotland wide mentorship programme for early career performance makers.