Newcastle Fringe Festival is offering two £1000 grants to Northern theatre makers interested in creating new content for the stage.
This is the first time that Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has hosted a fringe festival, which will run from 27 July – 7 August.
Successful applicants will see their work performed to a live at Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre. As well as online viewers, there may be a socially distanced in-house audience of COVID-19 restrictions allow.
The first grant is aimed at anyone in the North of England, while the second grant is primarily suited to under-represented groups in the North East lacking attention due to race, disability, background, or sexuality.
This money can be put towards either an initial scratch performance or as an investment towards a larger-scale theatrical piece that would be developed over time.
Applicants must have their final piece prepared in advance of the Newcastle Fringe in August 2021, so it can be screened and awarded by organisers.
Successful grant applicants will also receive mentoring from Newcastle Fringe producer Kerrin Tatman and Alphabetti Theatre’s director Ali Pritchard. Rehearsal space will also be provided if possible.
Applicants must send an A4 document providing an overview of their initial ideas, who would be involved, and any previous experience to Kerrin Tatman. The application deadline for these grants is midday on Friday 26 February. More information on how to apply is available here.
Words by Maddy Raine.
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