A two-week live and digital festival has been launched to support emerging artists following the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe due to Covid-19.
The Virtual Collaborators Festival will take place from August 17 to 31.
It will feature up to 100 participants, sorted into teams comprising one writer, one director and one or two actors, who will be challenged to create socially distanced films, audio dramas, web series and interactive plays.
Should government guidelines allow, there will be a socially distanced audience for the productions. The performances will also be live-streamed.
The festival has been organised by London-based theatre company Part of the Main and the Virtual Collaborators Network, which was founded by actor, writer and singer Danusia Samal in March, in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the UK theatre industry.
Partner venues and companies include the Space, Theatre503, Shoreditch Town Hall, the Finborough Theatre, interactive theatre company Coney, TV production companies Little Door and Balloon Entertainment, producer Jake Orr and publisher Nick Hern Books.
Participants will be supported through masterclasses delivered on Zoom, but will also receive venue space, mentoring and publicity.
The producers of the festival are Samal and Olivia Munk, who is artistic director of Part of the Main.
Samal said: "Virtual Collaborators was born out of the desire to connect artists and build a support network to help us through the Covid crisis.
"With many facing uncertain futures, VC allows artists from a diverse range of backgrounds, disciplines and experience to make work on their terms."
Munk said: "While Part of the Main has supported emerging artists through affordable training workshops since 2018, the need to support new voices and talent has never been more acute.
"As artists around the world adapt to make work for laptops and mobile phones, it is emerging artists who run the highest risk of being lost in the noise.
"Our hope is that this festival will create new and fruitful artistic partnerships, as well as connect artists to industry leaders through masterclasses and to audiences through our platform."