The John Thaw Initiative offers a platform for artists to take creative risks and achieve vital feedback with work still in development, without any financial pressure. Previous seasons have included the Mental Health Season where each show was followed by a post-show Q&A; the Graduate Season, featuring work by graduating drama students, the Blacktress UK Season, offering opportunities exclusively for women of the African diaspora; Working Class Stories in association with Actor Awareness; the Queer Season, curated by ThisIsOtherland; and most recently the Motherhood(s) Season.
For the debut edition of the 2020 John Thaw Initiative, The Actors Centre in association with Untold Collectiv, are seeking submissions of work-in-progress pieces led by artists of Latin American heritage.
Representation and inclusivity are at the heart of each John Thaw Initiative. The Latinx community in the UK spans over 20 countries, and their stories are as rich as their territories. We want to celebrate this by calling for works which showcase a multiplicity of Latin American voices, including queer; Afro Latinx; indigenous; Lusophone; Francophone, British Latinx and others.
Speaking about the season, Daniela Cristo Mantilla and Sammy Attalah of Untold Collectiv, who will curate the season said: “There is a strong Latin American diaspora in the UK, which has influenced many aspects of culture and life over the years. We look forward to showcasing a range of diverse stories and experiences on the John Thaw stage in this season which will champion Latinx voices.”
Will Mytum, Theatre Programme Coordinator at The Actors Centre, added: “Untold Collectiv have established themselves as a vital force within the industry for Latinx representation and opportunity. The Actors Centre is delighted to collaborate with them on our next John Thaw Initiative season, to offer a platform of development for marginalised voices, and in-turn delivering a diverse and exciting programme of work for our audience.”
The John Thaw Initiative is designed to support artists during the development process and as such, we are seeking work-in-progress pieces, not finished products. The season is open to work of any genre with no limit to subject or theme and both long- and short-form pieces are welcomed.
In addition, if the writer does not have Latin American heritage, but has collaborated with Latinx artists or has a work that is particularly relevant, we also welcome these applications.
The John Thaw Initiative Latin American Season will run from January – April 2020. Each successful production will be allocated between 1 and 3 consecutive performance dates. Please note that the Initiative takes place in the John Thaw Studio – not the Tristan Bates Theatre.
If you would like to submit a production for consideration, please download and complete the John Thaw Initiative Latin American Submissions Form and email it to Daniela and Sammy at [email protected], with LATIN AMERICAN SEASON SUBMISSION in the subject line.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday, 15 November.
Info About the Season
- Performance dates will be allocated to each successful company based on the preferences and availability you give in your submission form. Once set, these dates are non-negotiable, so please be as sure as possible of your availability when completing the form.
- Each successful production will have access to the John Thaw Studio from 6pm on each of your performance dates. The performances will start at 8pm prompt. This gives you 2 hours to arrange the room, tech, warm up, etc.
- Please be aware that the technical capabilities of the studio are extremely limited. There are 2 stage lights and a small PA system for sound. Please do submit your production with this in mind.
- We strongly recommend that you keep your technical requirements as simple as possible.
- The seating is flexible, and can be arranged however you like. The studio has a maximum capacity of 50 seats. Please remember to keep all fire exits clear when setting up.
- There is limited storage for props, costumes, set etc for you to leave things overnight. We can store a few small items, but big set pieces are not appropriate for the season.
- Tickets will be priced at £7 Standard, £5 Concession. 45 tickets will be placed on sale per performance, with 5 held off-sale for comps.
- Each company will be contracted by the Actors Centre.
- Each company will be responsible for paying their cast & crew according to Equity Fringe Minimum guidelines.
- There are no fees to take part in the Initiative – each production will operate on a 40/30/30 box office split deal.
- Card charges of 3.8% + 20p per ticket will be deducted from your percentage.
- John Thaw Initiative Latin American Submissions Form
- Equity Fringe Agreement Information Pack & Template Contract
- Photos of the John Thaw Studio
- John Thaw Studio Tech Spec
About The Actors Centre
Established in 1978, The Actors Centre is the UK’s leading professional development organisation, supporting actors throughout their careers. Through an unrivalled programme of diverse workshops and masterclasses — led by distinguished practitioners from the worlds of theatre, film and television — The Actors Centre provides an essential space for actors to network, share and create.
The Actors Centre is also home to the Tristan Bates Theatre, established in 1994 by Sir Alan Bates in memory of his son. As the Centre’s flagship venue, the Tristan Bates Theatre champions new writing and presents a year-round programme of work from emerging and established artists as well as world-renowned theatre companies.
About Untold Collectiv
Untold Collectiv is a London-based organisation founded in 2007, dedicated to creating platforms for underrepresented artists to showcase their work and access the industry.
In June 2019, Untold Collectiv launched Latinx Scratch, an initiative that seeks to increase visibility for Latinx artists within London theatre and share a diverse cultural experience with British audiences. After the success of Untold ́s two sold-out scratch nights at Theatre Deli, it was clear there was a demand for diverse stories from the Latin American community.
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