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StoneCrabs Young Directors Festival

Funded on Spacehive 16 June 2016

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StoneCrabs Young Directors Festival

StoneCrabs Theatre Company By StoneCrabs Theatre Company

Young Directors Festival is a platform for practical development of the next generation of theatre makers bringing an eclectic mix of contemporary short plays to Deptford and London-wide audiences

Lewisham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 16 Jun 2016!

The project provides young theatre makers with a vital Launchpad into their careers as directors. It gives the all-important chance to professionally direct their own work and develp creative skills, explore artistic visions and take ownership for creating their own work. This blog from one of our past directors explains why this programme is not just important but essential:

What we'll deliver:

  • Begin a relationship with a theatre invested in diversity, new and emerging theatre-makers
  • Produce a week long festival of short theatre plays
  • Provide participants with day-to-day mentoring support
  • Address the lack of space/opportunities for emerging artists, particularly those of ethnic minorities
  • Bring a diverse range of plays to the middle of Deptford, Lewisham
  • Give emerging directors a platform that supports their development
  • Give space to new directors whose voices would not otherwise be heard
  • Provide 6 (48 sessions) months practical directing/producing training sessions to 18 participants
  • Reach and share the work of emerging talent with south london audiences and industry professionals

Why it's a great idea:

Access to training is essential in building skills, CVs and contacts. Artists, in the broadest sense, are shaped by their experiences. The project provides practical training, you learn by doing it, participants will have session on arts management, marketing, producing, directing, curating, budgeting, fundraising and will apply their learning through producing their own Theatre Festival. They will gain directing credits for their CV, go through a real-life process of producing and directing their own play as well as a festival and weighing up real-life considerations in terms of the benefits they bring to the local community and themselves. The programme is delivered free of charge, but participants have to fundraise a designated amount that will benefit the next group/festival. This is particularly important for creatives who have not come through MA directing courses or placements with large theatres, to be noticed and develop their voices.

Steps to get it done:

  • Casting, rehearsals towards presenting a week-long festival
  • Marketing meetings to ensure development and delivery of strong marketing strategy
  • Project budget to be regularly monitored, keeping an eye on cash-flow and expenditure
  • Regular communication with project partner to ensure schedule of activities are being adhered to
  • Weekly production meetings, constantly ensuring action points are dealt with
  • Weekly sessions on producing tasks and on the artistic development of practical directorial and facilitating skills
  • Feedback obtained from audiences, creatives and project partners
  • Participants are selected from an open call.

Location Lewisham

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London Borough of Lewisham

How will the money be spent?Total £43,979

actors fees - £8,800 (20%)
front of house & technical staff - £5,700 (13%)
directors - £4,000 (9%)
office and mentoring - £3,500 (8%)
project manager / tutorials - £3,000 (7%)
Live subtitling - £2,600 (6%)
rehearsal room hire - £2,560 (6%)
venue rehearsal/casting - £2,500 (6%)
contingency - £1,512 (3%)
BSL interpreting - £1,500 (3%)
Other - £8,306 (19%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

actors fees
front of house & technical staff
office and mentoring
project manager / tutorials
Live subtitling
rehearsal room hire
venue rehearsal/casting
BSL interpreting
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  • marketing costs (design/print/publicity)
  • venue guarantee
  • admin and logistic costs (stationary, insurance, etc)
  • set, props, costumes
  • copyright
  • lighting designer
  • sound designer x 1 week
  • set designer x 1 week
  • stage manager x 1 week
  • Spacehive fees
  • Captioning Equipment Hire
  • Transaction Fees
  • casting call
  • VAT

Total £43,979

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