NATIONAL THEATRE WALES INVITES WELSH WOMEN ARTISTS TO SUBMIT IDEAS FOR A 10TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION
RADICAL CREATURES IS A NEW INITIATIVE CALLING FOR ORIGINAL IDEAS FOR PERFORMANCE EXAMINING WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A WELSH WOMAN TODAY
In a new initiative called Radical Creatures, NTW are inviting Welsh women artists to submit extraordinary, original ideas that explore what it means to be a woman in Wales today.
Shortlisted artists will be paired with industry professionals who will mentor them to help them develop their proposal. The winning idea will then become a fully-staged production in 2020, as part of NTW’s 10th birthday season.
Announcing the call-out, NTW’s Artistic Director Kully Thiarai said: “Making art is difficult and exposing for everyone who tries, but making art as a woman presents some specific challenges. Amongst them, I believe that women are socialised to make less noise and take up less space, to defer and accommodate, to doubt themselves and to fear failure so keenly it can be stifling.
“At NTW, we receive markedly fewer ideas submitted by women than men, and proposals from women are often more modest in scale and demand fewer resources. This, I know, does not speak of the reservoir of talent, passion and artistry in Wales.
“I wanted to create Radical Creatures to invite Welsh women artists to be bold. It’s a process that I hope supports them to unleash their imagination, innovation and excellence, fearlessly. Ultimately, I want them to trust us with their ideas and, with our support, build them into their greatest possible versions.”
Artists are invited to submit ideas that
• are led by (a) Welsh woman/women/anyone who identifies as a woman or a trans-woman/anyone who doesn’t identify with a binary gender. Artists should be Welsh or based in Wales and be able to demonstrate a commitment to development of new work in Wales,
• are compelling and innovative,
• are ambitious and large-scale,
• have live performance at their core,
- consider their audience, and
• are new and original;and that might also
- explore new writing or devised theatre approaches,
- explore site-specific or conventional theatre contexts,
- include multiple artforms and be interdisciplinary in nature,
- engage with communities,
have an international perspective, and
- include a digital strand or have the capacity for one to be developed in parallel.
Kully Thiarai will lead an open conversation about the call-out and about women’s creative work in Wales at the Women of the World Festival, Cardiff, 3pm on 25 November 2018, at Chapter Arts Centre.
The closing date for submissions is noon on Friday 18 January 2019. Following a mentoring and interview process in February, the winning submission commissioned for the 2020 season will be announced in March 2019.
Full details of the submission process, including timeline, eligibility criteria and terms & conditions, can be found on National Theatre Wales’ website here: nationaltheatrewales.org/projects/radical-creatures/