Blue Teapot Project

23rd March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Blue TeapotAs part of the innovative Arts and Disability Networking Pilot in Galway, the Blue Teapot Theatre Company is offering professional playwrights/screenwriters a unique opportunity to create a new work to be performed by an ensemble group of eight actors with intellectual disabilities.

Integral to this project, will be the writer’s ability to absorb the actors’ unique connection to the spoken and written word. Although, this is not a devising project, we require that the writer be able to attend and lead developmental workshops with the company in Galway to explore this connection.

Ultimately we wish to see a work developed for the screen, but as a first stage, the premiere of the piece will be presented as a live performance reading in September & October 2011.

It is our intention to see this work developed into a short film in 2012, subject to future funding.

This project is also supported by Fishamble: The New Play Company. Gavin Kostick, Literary Manager, will provide developmental and dramaturgical support to the writer and Blue Teapot Theatre Company.

CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY

  • Be an established, professional writer based in Ireland
  • Attend and participate in a series of meetings & development workshops with Blue Teapot company actors and director and dramaturge, May/June 2011
  • Attend rehearsed public readings of new work – September & October 2011
  • The script to be of forty minutes duration, maximum (25 pages).
  • Rehearsal draft of script to be delivered by 15th September 2011.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Statement of Interest
Please answer, briefly, the following two questions in your statement for consideration.

  1. Why does this project appeal to you?
  2. In what way might your own artistic practice be enhanced by working with theatre practitioners with intellectual disabilities?

Please email Statement of Interest, short sample of previous work & CV to admin@blueteapot.ie .

Deadline 15th April 2011

DECISION & FEES

Blue Teapot may invite a limited number of writers to meet the group as part of the decision making process.

The selected writer will receive a fee in line with professional theatre standards.

Blue Teapot will provide for travel, accommodation and a per diem as part of the workshop process.

For further information, please contact Petal Pilley, Director, Blue Teapot Theatre 091 520 977 or email director@blueteapot.ie

This new writing project is being funded through the Arts & Disability Networking Pilot (Phase 2), a partnership between Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and Galway City and County Councils.  The initiative is to pilot a new model of developing local capacity in the area of arts and disability in Ireland.

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