1) Is there an age limit on joining the Young Directors Training Programme?
No. The Young Directors Training Programme was created to facilitate the development of theatre directors in the very early stages of their career, at whatever age. We are likely to offer places on our programme to people who can show they are committed to theatre making (whatever their background) and who we feel will benefit from training.
2) Are there restrictions on my choice of play?
Choose a play within our restrictions – they are there for a reason!
The idea is that you will be directing this play for a scratch performance as part of the Young Directors Festival in 2016. You will only be able to afford to work with 2 or 3 paid actors and it should have a running time of 45 minutes, so consider how this affects your choice of play.
My main advice would be to be responsible and realistic in your within your restrictions but remain ambitious and creative. Often limitations encourage the most creative use of resources, so embrace them!
3) How do I find a play within these restrictions?
If you’ve got an hour or two to spare, go to a library or bookshop and look through the plays keeping in mind your restrictions – only 45 minutes long and with 2/3 actors. Skim over, get a good sense of the play and the issues it deals with and make a shortlist of plays that interest you. It’s always good to have other ideas and options in case the rights aren’t available, which can be horribly disappointing.
Also, check out Nick Hern Books website: www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/plays-to-perform there’s a clever filter so you can select cast size. You can also explore plays on www.stageplays.com
4) What can I expect to learn over the 6 months?
You can expect to learn about production, project management and theatre directing. It introduces artistic and practical management tools for the director and encourages an individual approach, utilizing the director’s own vision. At the end of the programme, the participants put their training into practice by producing a festival of staged readings with professional actors, each participant directing a play of their choice. This way, you see the holistic process of theatre making. As a group you will be responsible for fundraising for the festival which is a challenging and rewarding experience. The best thing about the programme is that it encourages you to dig deep and use skills you didn’t even know you had. Above all, you can expect to learn a lot about yourself as an artist, a manager and team player.
5) What will I be expected to pay for?
You will need to bring along a notebook and a pen, a packed lunch (or money for lunch) and comfortable clothes. The course does not require any specialist equipment or clothing, just your brain and energy! The funding for the festival itself will come from you fundraising as a group and any sponsorship you manage to secure. It is not expected for you to put your own money into the festival. The course is free of charge and is over 1 ½ days a week for a reason – we want applicants to not be put off by finances and to still be able to work around the course.
If you have any worries or questions please get in touch with Hattie at [email protected], our Recruitment Co-ordinator who knows the course from doing it herself in 2013-2014 .
If you have the passion, talent and drive to be part of this year’s Young Directors Training Programme then make sure you get your application in by midday on the 26th August!
Click here to apply.