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International news round-up: October 11

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Vote for Fringe World Congress hosts

WORLD After the 2018 Fringe World Congress in Edinburgh this August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has committed to manage a tender process for the next three events. The selection will be determined by a vote, with one vote available per participating fringe. The Society and World Fringe have put out a call for hosts for Fringe World Congress in 2020, 2022 and potentially 2024. The deadline for voting is October 13. Contact congress@edfringe.com

Musical theatre design competition

POLAND/POZNAN An international contest has been launched to design a new £35 million venue in Poznan, Poland – a be a new home for the Musical Theatre. The new site is by a busy railway track and close to the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan Academy of Music and the Poznan International Fair exhibition centre. A shortlist of six designs will be selected, of which the winner will receive a £16,680 prize and be invited to negotiate for the £1.5 million design contract.

Musicals streaming platform launches

USA/NEW YORK Emma, a new Jane Austen musical by Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon, was the debut production launched on Streaming Musicals on October 3. The site offers musicals for rent or purchase that have been staged in a theatre or on a soundstage, shot like a film with three cameras and no audience. Viewers are offered a remarkably accurate experience of watching a live musical, while artists have a global platform to share their work. With book, music and lyrics by Gordon, Emma was filmed at the Off-Broadway Westside Theatre with theatrical directors Kent Nicholson for the stage and Tim Kashani for film. streamingmusicals.com

Royal Court presents new Chinese plays

CHINA/UK London’s Royal Court Theatre in partnership with the British Council is planning a series readings of work with Chinese writers – New and Now: Plays from China. The Royal Court began working in China in 2015, when 15 young playwrights were chosen to take part in workshops in Chengdu, Beijing and Wuzhen. Over a two-year period, they were invited to address urgently relevant subjects in contemporary China. Three of the writers, Chen Si’an, Yang Jingguan and Zhang Zai, will spend two weeks working at the Royal Court with directors Jude Christian and Sam Pritchard and a company of actors. The plays will be presented as rehearsed readings in English translation, taking place in the Site at the Royal Court from December 4 to 6. royalcourttheatre.com

Romantic comedy musical hits SkyCity

NEW ZEALAND/AUCKLAND A new musical, described as New Zealand’s theatre version of Shortland Street, will run from October 12 at Auckland’s SkyCity for at least the next nine months. City of 100 Lovers (the translation of the Maori name for Auckland) is a romantic comedy that showcases the “places, culture and way of life that attracts tourists and residents to Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) every year”. The NZ$8 million (£4.1 million) show is written by Justin Brown and stars Rebecca Cullinan and Kieran Foster. Produced by Hundred Lovers Productions, it is directed by Tony Stimac and will be a resident show in the casino’s 700-seat theatre. 100lovers.co.nz

European theatre artist residencies

EUROPE The second edition of the European Theatre Convention’s Artist Residency Programme is offering seven scholarships for emerging stage directors and dramaturgs in the first half of 2019 at ETC member theatres. Participants will join the creative team of a theatre production process, gaining insights into how a European state theatre works. Residencies are on offer at Schauspielhaus Graz (Austria), Deutsches Theater Berlin (Germany), Theater Magdeburg (Germany), Weores Sandor Szinhaz Szombathely (Hungary), Teatrul National Marin Sorescu Craiova (Romania) and Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica (Slovenia). There are arrangements to help with travel, accommodation and local expenses. Deadline: October 15, 2018. etc-cte.org

International news is edited by Nick Awde. Contact email: international@thestage.co.uk

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