By PAUL COUCH
The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, has today [1 June 2017] announced that submissions are open for next year’s Testing Ground commission, where successful projects will be showcased at PULSE Festival 2018.
The theatre supports and showcases new work and new ideas from contemporary theatre-makers through the PULSE artist development programme. Last year, they introduced Testing Ground, a seed commission programme for original work from deaf/hearing impaired and disabled artists. They are keen to develop these artists and their work and ensure the aesthetics of access are embedded in the creative process.
This year, Testing Ground will present three works at various stages of their development at PULSE Festival 2017 – which launches today – with scratch performances of Nicola Werenowska’s Invisible, Kiruna Stamell and Rhona McKenzie’s Disability Sex Archive, and the premiere of Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe’s The Shape of Pain.
Werenowska commented: “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.”
Applications are now open for three new Testing Ground commissions, leading to a presentation of work in PULSE Festival 2018. These commissions will vary according to the needs of projects and could include financial, dramaturgical, marketing and other in-kind support.
Anyone wishing to apply for Testing Ground 2018 should submit a page of A4 or an equivalent video clip explaining the idea, and what they’ve achieved up until now.
For more details or to send your submissions, contact Jamie Beddard, Agent for Change at the New Wolsey Theatre.