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Commissioning drive at Manchester’s Home to help ‘ghettoised’ theatremakers take next career steps

Home, Manchester. Photo: Machteld Schoep
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Theatremakers who have been “ghettoised in terms of scale and budget” are being offered the chance to move up to the next level of their careers, as part of a new commissioning drive at Manchester venue Home.

The Home 2020 Commission is a joint initiative between Home and Trafalgar Entertainment Group and is being launched to enable theatremakers who have been working on the small-scale to “make a step change in their careers”. The first Home 2020 Commission is specifically for theatremakers who create musicals or plays with music.

It is open to artists who have been creating work on a small-scale for at least three years, and will result in a full commission for Home’s 500-seat theatre.

Home director and chief executive Dave Moutrey said: “All too frequently some of the most pioneering artists can find themselves ghettoised in terms of scale and budget. The larger studios in our institutions often feel like the domain of a limited number of practitioners.”

He added: “With the Home 2020 Commission we want to provide a crucial step-change in practice for theatremakers to create on a bigger scale, and make work for a larger audience.”

Howard Panter, joint chief executive of TEG, said the company shared Home’s “commitment to helping artists make the difficult jump to the next stage in their careers”.

There is an open call for the Home 2020 Commission, which the organisers said they hoped would introduce them to “new talent”.

A further Home 2020 Commission will be delivered with English Touring Theatre and announced later this year.

The first commissions will be announced in July.

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