Applause are pleased to launch Boost! , a free, two-day residential training and development Lab.
The purpose of this Lab is to upskill and prepare artists and choreographers/devisers working in contemporary dance, krump, hip hop, kathak, bharatanatyam – or contemporary circus who are interested in extending their work to outdoors or developing their understanding of the outdoor touring sector. This Lab forms part of Applause’s ongoing commitment to support global majority led performance and broaden the range of work currently on offer for small-scale touring environments.
The two and a half day Lab will include a varied programme of workshops, seminars and creative tasks in order to expand participants’ development and thinking in different contexts. It will feature contributions from sector organisations as well as practical performance workshops from theatre, dance and circus companies successfully making work for these contexts.
Priority will be given to artists from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds who are working in the Creative Estuary region of North Kent and South Essex. However, Applause would also like to hear from underrepresented artists who may be working outside the CE region but are based in the Southeast.
Boost! is an Applause and Creative Estuary Co-commission in collaboration with 101 Creation Space and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
Applause is an ACE funded National Portfolio Organisation based in Kent that has developed a highly successful outdoor touring scheme for rural locations and semi-urban communities. Each year they support artists to create and tour small scale shows across their network of volunteer hosts and festival promoters in Kent, East and West Sussex, Essex and the wider region.
Details of Lab: Mon 12 – Wed 14 September
The Lab will be fully catered with two nights’ accommodation at a local hotel in Hornchurch. We have ten places available in single occupancy rooms. We would also welcome applications from local artists who are able to attend without an accommodation requirement.
Click this link for more information and to apply.
Ragged Edge Productions are seeking new Trustees to increase the skills, knowledge and lived experience of our Board and to support our work in the years ahead.
While we are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in developing work in Cumbria and rural touring more generally, we particularly encourage applications from people with disability, people from culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds, young people and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.
We are also specifically seeking candidates with these skills:
- Community based projects
- Press and communications including digital marketing
- Growing organisations
- We are also open to what you might like to offer us!
About Ragged Edge Productions
Ragged Edge is an award-winning theatre company making entertaining and engaging shows which take a fresh look at current issues and ideas. We celebrate the power and creativity of theatre with quality shows at a time when funding for the arts is scarce. We take theatre to places on the edge of arts provision, in our countryside, towns and cities.
In its work Ragged Edge recognises that the local delivery of live performing arts is really important in maintaining the quality of life in a thriving rural community. It provides access to the arts for those that may not have the means to travel (particularly important in economically challenging times). We aim to be relevant to and appeal to rural communities and their culture.
We produce work for rural touring as well as theatres and community spaces. Recent activity includes a range of Audio Adventures – both professional performances and participatory projects working with community groups.
The Role of the Trustee
Ragged Edge is a registered charity (no. 1164255). The Trustees are legally responsible for the organisation. As a Trustee, you will help ensure that Ragged Edge complies with its governing documents and legal requirements, as well as supporting the company’s work. You will bring an external perspective and help the organisation in a way that suits your skills. You will act as an ambassador for Ragged Edge. There are four Trustee meetings each year, usually held in Cumbria but we have also met via Zoom. Take a look at the Ragged Edge Website here: https://raggededgeproductions.co.uk
For an informal chat about being a Trustee please get in touch with Stefan Escreet, Artistic Director StefanEscreet@raggededgeproductions.co.uk Or Heather Askew, Chair of Trustees firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Stefan Escreet, Artistic Director StefanEscreet@raggededgeproductions.co.uk by 15 th August 2022.