Archive for January 13th, 2009

Red Ladder Bursary

13th January 2009

The Red Ladder Theatre Company in Leeds is searching for new writing talent from writers over 18 who are no longer in full time education.

Three writers will gain the opportunity to develop their work, with the support of a seeding bursary. One of these will lead to a full commission.

What’s the Scheme?

  • A £500 seeding bursary awarded to three chosen writers to develop their initial idea into a treatment with support from Red Ladder Theatre Company
  • One of these treatments will lead to a £1,500 commission, the support of a Dramaturg along with workshops and readings of your script as it develops

The deadline for entries is January 31st 2009. Information on how to apply for the bursary is available on the web site.

Broadway Up in 2008

13th January 2009

The Stage reports that despite a global recession last year’s takings on Broadway were up in 2008, compared to 2007.

Commenting on the totals, Charlotte St Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, noted: “Even though the last few months of the year were challenging, these last two weeks encompassing the Christmas and new year’s holidays grossed nearly two million dollars more than the same two-week period last year. This reflects that even in tough economic times, theatregoers go to the theatre.”

While more shows than usual are closing on Broadway as 2009 dawns, there is a lot of product coming up in the next few months and St Martin is optimistic about 2009. Among the shows set to open on Broadway in 2009 will be Impressions with Jeremy Irons, Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury, Waiting for Godot with Nathan Lane, and Mary Stuart with Janet McTeer – the latter a London transfer.