Dysbiosis: Call for Creative Practitioners

A paid opportunity to be part of an exciting new project!

We’re seeking a range of creative practitioners – from performers and theatre-makers to artists and filmmakers – to be part of making our next production. This is an opportunity to join the research and development process for a new theatre project exploring our relationship with nature. Dysbiosis (working title) will examine topics including the language we use to speak about nature, the Global North’s relationship to the natural world and queer ecology. It will also investigate greener ways of making theatre, partly building on the ideas of Ecostage.

We’re looking for practitioners to join us at Queens Theatre Hornchurch for part or all of the week of 27th March. We particularly encourage people from Outer East London and South Essex to apply. We’re interested in people from all backgrounds and at all stages of their professional careers, though experience in devising would be beneficial. We can pay artists £175 per day pro rata up to a maximum 5 days.

If selected, we will discuss scheduling with you and determine which days you’ll be needed, depending on the R&D schedule and your availability.

There’ll also be paid work on the project later in the year and into 2024, as additional funding comes through and we grow the project.

Who are we?

We’re an LGBTQ+ and artist-led charity based in Tower Hamlets, with a track record of work in East London and Essex. Embedded in our local communities, we’re committed to research-led creative projects that connect people and explore big ideas. We have a strong track record of taking a ‘difficult’ theme and turning it into something accessible and engaging without compromising on intelligence while empowering audiences through gentle and inclusive participation. We’re running this R&D with the kind support of Queens Theatre Hornchurch, and it will be led by designer-director and green theatre campaigner Paul Burgess.

When and how to apply

Please email paul.burgess@daedalustheatre.co.uk by the new deadline of midday 13th February with a short statement of interest (approx 400 words), plus documentation of your experience, i.e. a CV or website. Paul may then arrange a Zoom meeting.

If you have any access needs, please let us know. The room we’ll be working in does not have step-free access, as it is on the first floor with no lift; working by Zoom is an option for those this might exclude.

Other opportunities

If you’re not available in March, feel free to drop us a line anyway – we’re always on the lookout for interesting people to work with for this and other projects.

If you live, work, study or have close connections to East London, you may also be interested in adding a story to our East Archive project.

If you’re a performing arts practitioner engaging with the ecological crisis, you may like to submit a video to the Global Voices project, which is co-run by Ecostage and the Society of British Theatre Designers.

Not an arts professional? Or still in training? We always aim to work in a way that includes our wider community and, as the project develops, we hope to involve more people from the Outer East London and South Essex area, not just professional practitioners. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to be kept in the loop.

Please note that we’ve extended the call to encourage more locally-based people to apply. The new deadline is 13th Feb, instead of 6th Feb.

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