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SLATE

SLATE will support and develop Black theatre professionals working in the North by increasing access to local, national and international networks and creating new opportunities for Black artists. Led by Eclipse Theatre Company, with a consortium of cultural organisations, including York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre. 

SLATE Writers Group

The Slate Writers Group is aimed at talented and ambitious Black* writers who create text-based work. You must live in the North of England to apply. You might not have had work produced yet but you must have written at least one play (45+ minutes). The group is devised and facilitated by leading dramaturg Ola Animashawun. 

“The theatre I like most makes me laugh, gasp, shout out and lean forward - not all necessarily in equal measures, but they are all in the mix. Ultimately, those ingredients combine in such a way as to compel me to act.  To get on my feet and applaud and then to go out into the street and roar.  So that's why I do what I do, to inspire writers to write and make theatre that I like. I'm really looking forward to the Slate Writers Group and starting another new adventure.” Ola Animashawun

Eight session course - 
Mondays: 2, 9, 16 & 23 July and 3, 10, 17 & 24 September, 1 – 4pm
FREE (apply by Fri 22 Jun)

York Theatre Royal

What will you get?
- Expert guidance from one of the country’s leading theatre makers
- Encouragement and support to write a full-length play
- Detailed feedback on your completed script
- Travel bursary toward the cost of travel to and from the sessions
- Materials bursary toward the cost of play texts and stationery
- Ticket bursary to allow you to see work whilst you’re a member of the group
- Refreshments will be provided during the sessions

Eight session course

Mondays: 2, 9, 16 & 23 July and 3, 10, 17 & 24 September

1 – 4pm

FREE (apply by Fri 22 Jun)

York Theatre Royal


Slate Writers Group is aimed at talented and ambitious Black* writers who create text-based work. You must live in the north of England to apply. You might not have had work produced yet but you must have written at least one play (45+ minutes). The group is devised and facilitated by leading dramaturg Ola Animashawun.

“The theatre I like most makes me laugh, gasp, shout out and lean forward - not all necessarily in equal measures, but they are all in the mix. Ultimately, those ingredients combine in such a way as to compel me to act.  To get on my feet and applaud and then to go out into the street and roar.  So that's why I do what I do, to inspire writers to write and make theatre that I like. I'm really looking forward to the Slate Writers Group and starting another new adventure.”
- Ola Animashawun

 

What will you get?

-   Expert guidance from one of the country’s leading theatre makers

-   Encouragement and support to write a full-length play

-   Detailed feedback on your completed script

-   Travel bursary toward the cost of travel to and from the sessions

-   Materials bursary toward the cost of play texts and stationery

-   Ticket bursary to allow you to see work whilst you’re a member of the group

-   Refreshments will be provided during the sessions


To apply, please submit: 

-   an example of your work, whatever shows your writing at its very best

-   50-100 words about an idea for a play that you’d like to write/are currently working on

-   a short statement explaining why you're applying and what you hope to get from the course. You can submit your statement in writing or you can send it as an audio or video file

-   a completed equality monitoring form, attached here

Apply by sending the above to us at enabler@eclipsetheatre.org.uk by 6pm on Fri 22 Jun. Successful applicants will be notified on Mon 25 Jun.

Access costs will be covered for group members that require support to enable them to participate.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

About Ola Animashawun

Ola Animashawun is the Creative Director of Euphoric Ink, a Connections Dramaturg for the National Theatre, Associate Dramaturg for Eclipse Theatre and Artistic Associate at Shop Front Theatre – Theatre Absolute. He was Artistic Associate of Royal Court Theatre (2018 – 2008) and the founder and former Head of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme (1998 – 2008).

 

To join the SLATE network email enabler@eclipsetheatre.org.uk