Latest Interval projects and writers for TEN/DEG announced

09 Apr 2020

Sherman Theatre’s online programme Interval, enables the theatre to continue to focus on providing its audiences with compelling experiences and nurturing and supporting Welsh and Wales-based artists even though its doors are closed. Today the following new Interval projects and new phases of previously announced projects were launched.

SHOWCASE

The longstanding relationship between Sherman Theatre and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is a vital one for the theatre ecology in Wales. The Sherman has employed a great number of RWCMD performers for a great many years and looks forward to doing so in the years to come. This year, however, as a result of the current situation, the brilliant final year acting students didn’t have the opportunity to perform their industry showcase. Working in partnership with RWCMD, Sherman Theatre wants to do its bit to put that right with the Showcase initiative. The Sherman’s Artistic Director Joe Murphy is committing to watching the showcase piece of any students who ask RWCMD to forward their videos to the Sherman. Students who participate will be able to join Joe Murphy in an online get together at the end of the process.

NOTES

Alongside Showcase for RWCMD final year students, Sherman Theatre will also be offering similar support to Welsh and Wales based actors who have prepared speeches for Drama School auditions but are unable to work further on these or attend auditions. Notes offers 30 minute-long one to one sessions with the Sherman’s Creative Engagement Manager Timothy Howe who will watch the audition pieces and share his notes and thoughts with each actor. Timothy is a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directing programme and his directing credits for Sherman include The IT, The Bangers and Chips Explosion, The Yalta Game and Ageless. If you're interested in taking part in this project please email timothy.howe@shermantheatre.co.uk

WRITERS FOR TEN/DEG ANNOUNCED

A call out for pitches for one to five minute monologues elicited a huge response. The TEN/DEG project, made possible through an anonymous donation and inspired by Papatango’s idea, will now see ten selected pitches develop into monologues which will be self-filmed by actors. The selection represents a brilliant line-up of established and emerging Welsh and Wales-based writers. The writers are: Rick Allden, Connor Allen, Emma Cooney, Katie Elin-Salt, Kelly Jones, Sarah Louise Madden, Elin Phillips, Alexandria Riley, Alun Saunders and Owen Thomas. Two monologues will be broadcast on Sherman Theatre’s Youtube channel each week from 27 April. Joe Murphy has said “We had such an overwhelming response to TEN/DEG. We were blown away by the quantity and quality of the Welsh and Wales based writers who sent in their extraordinary ideas. We’re thrilled and proud to be announcing our 10 writers for this project and can’t wait to see how the pieces turn out.”-

Any actors who would like to be involved should email their Spotlight entry and an expression of interest to artistdevelopment@shermantheatre.co.uk. Actors must have the ability to self-film their monologue. Each actor will be paid £100.

MORE OF SHERMAN THEATRE’S ASSOCIATE ARTISTS JOIN TIME WITH

During these difficult times, it’s important to keep talking and keep creating. It was with this in mind that Sherman Theatre and its exceptional cohort of Associate Artists came together to create the Time With project. Time With offers Welsh and Wales-based artists and freelancers creative conversations on a one to one basis with members of the Sherman family via skype or phone. The sessions with Joe Murphy, Hayley Grindle, Daf James and Gary Owen have been hugely popular. In response to this a further phase of sessions has been announced. The next phase of Time With offers sessions with the following artists and creatives:

Joe Murphy, Sherman Theatre’s Artistic Director

Seiriol Davies, Musical Theatre Writer, Composer, Performer and Sherman Theatre Associate Artist (in Welsh or English)

Suzanne Packer, Actor and Sherman Theatre Associate Artist

To request a Time With session please email corey.bullock@shermantheatre.co.uk and include the following information where possible: who you would like time with, your discipline, where you are based and if you want you can include your bio. Sessions are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

WORKSHOP

Following the demand for Joe Murphy’s Structure Workshop, other members of the Sherman team will offer their expertise to help artists and freelancers to develop new or acquire existing skills through a series of free workshops.

Marketing Workshop 23 April 2.30pm

Ed Newsome, Sherman Theatre’s Head of Marketing and Communications and experienced trainer who has taught for many years on the UK Theatre Essentials of Marketing course, will lead a two hour-long workshop to provide artists, freelancers and fringe theatre companies with an essential toolkit for marketing their work. To register for the workshop please email ed.newsome@shermantheatre.co.uk
The workshop will take place via Zoom and participants will be given a preparatory exercise to complete in advance.

Creative Engagement Workshop – Why it isn't just ‘kids stuff’? 7 May 2.00pm

This workshop is aimed at those wishing to begin to develop their skills, understanding and appreciation for Creative Engagement. Often misunderstood as simply providing a schools workshop or post show talk, Creative Engagement encompasses a broad spectrum of points of contact for all audiences. Sherman Theatre’s Creative Engagement Manager, Timothy Howe, will take participants through the ways in which Sherman embeds this work across its programme, and how it continues to seek out new ways of working within an ever evolving sector. This workshop will include practical exercises for the participants as well as open discussion and Q and A opportunities. To register please contact timothy.howe@shermantheatre.co.uk.
The workshop will take place via Zoom and numbers are limited.

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