Writers Lab 2011 applications now open

Posted on 21 April 2011 in Dramaturgy


How do we use film and video as part of our narrative?

For its Writers Lab 2011 Tinderbox has teamed up with Video artist Conan McIvor to give 4 writers an opportunity to explore video, moving imagery and technology as part of their storytelling, both conceptually and practically.

This experimental lab aims to equip writers to collaborate with visual artists and videographers at an early stage in the development of story ideas, to explore how they can use media as an integral part of storytelling and to find innovative and low-fi ways of telling stories using words, imagery and ideas of space.

The Writers Lab is an opportunity to tryout new ideas and forms in theatre and performance:

  • Using video in different types of performance spaces e.g. black box theatre, site specific, promenade, in the round.
  • Creating dramatic tension between text and image
  • Exploring how video is used as part of a world (of a play)
  • Discovering the potential of moving images in expanding what is possible on stage

If you are a writer interested in ideas of how to extend your ways of working, have an interest in media and some ideas you would like to explore and develop, this programme is for you.

The shape of the programme:

  • Application deadline- Thursday 19th of May
  • Workshop – Thursday 9th of June – Full Day
  • Developing your concept workshop: 28th and 29th of July
  • Intensive 4 day lab – 30th of August to 2nd of September (NEW DATES!)

To apply for the project please make sure your application reach us by the 19th of May and that you are available on the dates outlined above. Please post your application to WRITERS LAB 2011, Tinderbox Theatre Company, 72 High Street, Belfast BT1 2BE.

The application need to contain:

A covering letter telling us about yourself and your writing.

One A4 page describing what your research interest would be. You do not need to be knowledgeable in media, however you need to be genuinely curious about how to explore story telling.

In addition you may include:

Any sample texts (a few pages), video clips or YouTube/Vimeo references that will help you illustrate what you are interested in. These can either be your own or artists you are influenced by.

If you have any further questions about the Writers Lab, the application or the process please contact Hanna Slattne at hanna.slattne@tinderbox.org.uk

To find out more about Conan McIvor go to http://www.conanmcivor.com/

To have a look at how video and images have been used in exciting ways, check out companies such as: The Wooster Group, Forkbeard Fantasy, Lightwork and Forced Entertainment

This project is supported by The New Stages Programme funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.