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Park Theatre creates BAME-led artist development initiative

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London’s Park Theatre has announced it is establishing a new artist development strand that will offer free rehearsal and performance space to minority ethnic artists.

The Prism Project is intended to help nurture black, Asian and minority ethnic voices on stage and address a need within the industry to provide more support and professional opportunities to BAME creatives.

It will take the form of a series of rehearsed readings at Park Theatre, with the chosen creatives given free rehearsal and performance space.

The Prism Project will run as a rolling programme, and any artist from a BAME background is eligible to apply. The only requirement is that they are working on a script – either as a writer or as part of a creative team – that could use the space for development.

A creative team must also be assembled before application.

Those successful will receive a morning of free rehearsal space at Park Theatre, their choice of the Park’s two spaces for a rehearsed reading and some social media support. The theatre will also invite a select number of guests to each reading, with the remainder of seats filled by other successful applicants.

The project is being spearheaded by Park Theatre’s administrator Melissa Bonnelame, who said: “As a person of colour from north London who is aware of the variety of stories our wonderfully diverse city has to offer, it is really important to me that BAME creatives are given the chance to share their narratives and – most importantly – given the chance to speak for themselves. That is why I hope to see the Prism Project give creatives a platform to cultivate their voice, grow new ideas and reflect different voices within the community.”

The first reading will be a two-part series featuring interactive play Damsel in Distress?, directed by Tiwalade Ibirogba-Olulode and produced by Holly Adomah Thompson, and Nuu Theatre’s Set in Stains, written by Ruby Holder and directed by Ben Quashie.

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