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Scheme launched to improve African and Caribbean representation in off stage roles

Performers and creatives at Tangle Cafe in 2018 Performers and creatives at Tangle Cafe in 2018
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A new associates programme has been launched to improve African and Caribbean representation in off stage theatre roles.

African and Caribbean theatre company Tangle has announced the initiative as part of a new talent development scheme called Amplify, to coincide with the organisation’s tenth anniversary project, Tangle 10.

Amplify will include a series of associate producing opportunities and sound and lighting associate roles, which will be advertised from Autumn 2020.

The associates will work with Tangle to design their own programme based on their skills and needs, receiving a fee for taking part. There will be around three associateships every two years.

Amplify will also include a new support network for artists, which will be officially launched on September 13.

The Tangle Artist Support Network will hold around three events a year, which will be free to attend and “enable theatremakers to together explore sector challenges”.

Additionally, Amplify will encompass the second year of Tangle’s Educator Training Scheme, in association with Prime Theatre, which provides an opportunity for six theatre professionals to develop the skills to teach workshops in schools. The cohort is paid to undertake the training and will lead workshops in schools in Swindon to build up experience.

Tangle artistic director Anna Coombs said: “Ten years ago today, Tangle launched from a cottage on a beach in West Cornwall with a vision of shifting boundaries for African and Caribbean theatremakers in England’s largest, and most rurally dispersed region.

“Since then we have not only provided opportunities for thousands of artists, but created a family, a community and a movement: bringing people together in the creation of top-quality theatre and celebrating the excellence of a phenomenal sector. I am proud to launch new schemes to strengthen skills at the start of our Tangle 10 project.”

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