The Inn Crowd seeks performers/companies for Rural Touring across the South East/East

Closing Date: 15 September 2017

The Inn Crowd

Location: Across South East and Eastern region of UK

Remuneration: £1000-£3000 development budget plus £350-£750 per performance

Description

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INN CROWD is a programme of high quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across the South East and East of England (Kent, East and West Sussex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk) from 2016 – 2019. It is intended to help reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

Applause Rural Touring and Creative Arts East are working with Pub is the Hub and artistic partners New Writing South and Writers’ Centre Norwich to deliver INN CROWD.

The first tour ran between November 2016 and August 2017 and INN CROWD are now looking for shows for forthcoming tours.

What we are looking for

We are looking for three types of performances:

Co-Production: ideas for new shows, sets or performances that can be developed with time and assistance from the INN CROWD consortium.

Reshape: shows, sets or performances that have been fully or partially developed and can be reshaped to suit the INN CROWD scheme with assistance from the INN CROWD consortium.

Ready-to-Go: shows, sets or performances suitable for rural touring in a pub setting. We’re looking for work that has already been developed, has had a run or toured, with records of critical or audience feedback. These applications are welcome at any time and there is no deadline for ready to go proposals.

Artists and companies can be based anywhere in the UK but must be available to tour in rural pubs across the South East and East of England on any of the three upcoming tours:

February 2018 to August 2018
September 2018 to January 2019
February 2019 to August 2019

You are welcome (but not obliged) to submit proposals for more than one show in more than one category – e.g. you may have more than one ready-to-go show, an idea for a redevelopment, or a completely new piece of work. Please fill out separate forms for each individual show.

About your performance

To help you consider how your performance might be suitable for a rural pub tour, here is what you could expect:

Performances may be suitable for adult or family audiences. Our expansive definition of Live Literature includes elements of theatre, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, literary adaptation, comedy, live art and audience participation – but the starting point for performances considered for this scheme must be a written or composed text.

The pub venues on this tour will vary enormously – your work may take place in a bar setting or a function room with extremely minimal technical facilities. There may be background noise or other pub activity taking place during your performance, or food and drink being served in the same space. Spaces may vary in size.

Shows will ideally be at least an hour long in total, and allow for an interval or drinks break. Shows or performance which can react to or incorporate audience participation will work well in the INN CROWD context.

What we can offer

Co-Production: up to £3,000 development budget + rehearsal space at Writers’ Centre Norwich and/or New Writing South in Brighton, and artists fee ranging from £350 – £750 (inc. VAT, travel costs, equipment hire, accommodation and other expenses) per booked performance.

Reshape: up to £1,000 development budget + rehearsal space at Writers’ Centre Norwich and/or New Writing South in Brighton, and artists fee ranging from £350 – £750 (inc. VAT, travel costs, equipment hire, accommodation and other expenses) per booked performance.

Ready-to-Go: artists fee ranging from £350 – £750 (inc. VAT travel costs, equipment hire, accommodation and other expenses) per booked performance.

Artists or companies with Reshape or Co-Production applications may be invited to a sharing session on 4th and/or 5th October 2017 in London. You will be invited to either pitch your work or learn more about the scheme and your potential role. Travel will be reimbursed for artists and companies selected to attend this session. As a result of this session we hope to support up to three Reshapes and up to three Co-Productions.

Artists or companies taking part in INN CROWD can expect to be booked for between three and ten dates, and develop a legacy of work or audience feedback to take forward following their run.

How to apply

Co-Production and Reshape Proposals:

Please download this form, complete the details and email it to Laura Stimson: inncrowd@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk. Please remember to ‘Save As’, inserting your individual or company name in the title, before sending it. If you do not receive an auto-confirmation email within three working days then please contact Writers’ Centre Norwich on: 01603 877177.

Timeline for Co-Production and Reshapes

Deadline for Co-Production and Reshape proposals – Friday 8th September 2017

Co-Production and Reshape applicants informed – by Friday 15th September 2017

Showcase and information sessions– 4th and/or 5th October 2017 – please note that shortlisted Co-Production and Reshape applicants will be invited to one or more of these days.

Ready-to-Go Propoals:

To propose a show, set or performance suitable for rural touring in a pub setting and available for booking now, please complete this form and return to Karen Kidman at Creative Arts East: karen@creativeartseast.co.uk. Please remember to ‘Save As’, inserting your individual or company name in the title, before sending it. We welcome submissions at any time and there is no deadline for this strand.

Timeline for Ready-to-Go Proposals

There is no deadline for Ready-to-Go shows, please get in touch at any time.

For an informal discussion about The INN CROWD, please contact inncrowd@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk