Northern Broadsides is offering nine commissions, each worth £1,000, for theatremakers wishing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly aimed at those who are struggling financially.
The Halifax-based theatre company is looking for theatremakers and playwrights based in the North of England to submit short creative responses to the current crisis.
A shortlist will then be made of pieces that “demonstrate a unique response to a world that will never be the same again”, and display an original way of communicating it through a five to 10-minute video.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a virtual conversation to talk about their ideas by April 24.
The chosen videos will then be performed and recorded, either by the applicant or by the cast of Norther Broadsides’ Quality Street, which was cancelled due to coronavirus.
The project, called Digital Squad, follows artistic director Laurie Sansom’s promise to create all future productions with a group formed from a local community.
Applications are due in by April 24, with details of how to apply available on Northern Broadsides’ website.