The New Wolsey Theatre is committed to increasing the representation of D/deaf and disabled people on our artistic platforms.
We support and showcase new work and new ideas from contemporary theatre makers through the Pulse artist development programme. In 2017, we introduced Testing Ground, a seed commission programme to develop original work from D/deaf and disabled artists, as well as ensuring that the aesthetics of access are embedded in their creative process.
Over the last 3 years, we have invested in and provided development support to 15 projects, as well as these shows that went on to be presented during the annual Pulse Festival: Nicola Werenowska’s Invisible, Rachel Bagshaw’s The Shape of the Pain, Kiruna Stamell and Rhona MacKenzie’s Disability Sex Archive, Invisible Flash’s The Blind Traveller, Simon Startin’s Inspiration Porn, Brick Wall Ensemble’s Henry V and sean burn’s joey.
‘Not only has Testing Ground given me invaluable time, space and resources to begin a new piece of work which I’m really excited about, but the process has been transformative in terms of exploring my personal relationship to my disability in my artistic practice and developing a neurodiverse led practice.’ – Nicola Werenowska, writer of Invisible (Testing Ground 1 commission)
Applications are now open for new Testing Ground commissions.
The commission will be tailored to the needs of your project and could include financial support as well as dramaturgical, marketing, tech and other in-kind support.
How do you apply? It’s easy. All you need to do is submit a page of A4 or equivalent video clip explaining the idea, what you’ve achieved up to now and your aspirations for developing the piece.
To apply, have a chat or find out more details, contact Jamie Beddard, Agent for Change: JBeddard@wolseytheatre.co.uk.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 17th January 2020.
We will aim to let all applicants know of an outcome by w/c Monday 3rd February 2020.
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