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On-The-Edge_logo-plus-text_cmyk-(1)Call for Applications

July 2nd – July 9th 2016,$1
Birmingham, UK / On the Edge International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences

TYA UK and TYA Ireland is happy to announce the Next Generation Programme as part of the On The Edge Festival/ASSITEJ International Gathering taking place between the 2nd – 9th July 2016.

The Next Generation Programme is open to young and emerging artists (under the age of 36) from any country interested in the practice of theatre for young audiences and international collaboration. A special programme will be created across the 9-day international festival for participants which will include;

  • Festival performances by companies from the UK, Ireland and from all over the world
  • Master classes and workshop sessions led by industry professionals
  • An opportunity to examine the idea of ‘cultural leadership’, supporting the next generation of theatre
  • Discussions around pioneering practice and research as part of the symposia strand

The residency will also include an introduction to the work of Shakespeare as part of the 400th anniversary of the playwrights death in relation to new and experimental practice.

Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the On The Edge Festival while creating strong, meaningful connections with artists from around the world. There will also be an opportunity to meet previous participants of the Next Generation Programme through a special Network event.

A maximum of 20 places are available for participants. Accommodation, tickets and festival registration will be covered by the festival, participants will need to find their own airfare/travel. ASSITEJ may be able to offer some assistance with travel costs.

To apply to take part in the project please send your CV alongside a filled out application form to by 30th September 2015. The working language will be English.

For more info on the Next Generation Programme go to – egory/professional-networks/next-generation/residencies/

Given that the theme of the 2017 ASSITEJ World Congress will be “One Step Beyond : Inter-cultural dialogue”,$1 treatment we are specifically calling for collaborative productions between African countries,$1 medical and African countries in partnership with other parts of the world.

These productions need to have premiered from 2012 onwards and must be geared for a specific age group between 0 and 20 years old. All genres and styles of performance will be considered but performances that reflect on or contribute towards our understanding of inter-cultural dialogue and exchange will be favoured. As this is our newest and most exciting category, treatment productions that are still in development may be considered. If you are interested in exploring an international collaboration, and have ideas for such a collaboration, but are looking for partners in Africa to work with, please approach ASSITEJ South Africa for suggestions or introductions.

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