London’s Old Vic Theatre has announced a new partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall for the next round of its artist development scheme.
The Old Vic 12 is the theatre’s year-long attachment programme for a group of 12 writers, directors, producers and other theatremakers, who work together to create three new plays.
Now in its fifth year, the scheme will extend beyond the Old Vic for the first time.
Following the year-long attachment, the plays that have been developed will be presented in a three-week repertory season at Shoreditch Town Hall in March 2021.
The Old Vic said longer-term plans include presenting work from its development scheme in its new annexe, which is set for completion in 2022-2023.
Artistic director at the Old Vic, Matthew Warchus, said: “The Old Vic 12 is now well established in its commitment to providing emerging artists with practical and collaborative ways to gain insights into the creative industries.
“It offers real-world experiences that reflect how work is made at independent producing theatres.
“To be able to broaden this engagement through a collaboration of this nature is a welcome development of the scheme and one we hope to expand on in the future with the building of our own annexe.”
Director of Shoreditch Town Hall, James Pidgeon, said: “Long have I admired the artist development programme that is the Old Vic 12, and I’m thrilled that Shoreditch Town Hall will now be working in co-production with the Old Vic to add a further dimension to the project by ensuring the three pieces of work created are taken through to full production.
“This incredibly exciting development very much aligns with the Town Hall’s commitment to nurturing artistic talent and providing a platform for artists at turning points in their careers, often in collaboration with partners from across the UK.”
The Old Vic 12 has now opened playwright applications for its fifth year.