A special invitation from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland – 15 & 16 March 2014

8. A special invitation from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland – 15 & 16 March 2014

Writing for the stage in Scotland: What future do we want?

A special Open Space event at CCA, Glasgow
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 March 2014 

 Please circulate to anyone you think might be interested!

Dear friend

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland would like to let you know about an exciting Open Space event we are hosting. This will be a chance for people who are passionate about new writing, live performance and risk-taking in Scottish theatre, to gather for a special national event to think, talk and dream about the future.

If new work truly is the lifeblood of Scottish theatre, how do we make sure everyone is properly nurtured and rewarded?  As ways of making work evolve and audiences’ expectations change, how do playwrights and other theatre-makers respond?  What role can theatre play in a world where political and cultural certainties are disappearing?

What is Open Space?

Over the course of the weekend, you set the agenda to discuss, debate, take action and explore the future of theatre in Scotland and beyond.  Open Space is a democratic and satisfying way of doing this as everyone gets the chance to propose a starting point for discussion, take part in any of the conversations or flit between them all.  You get to contribute in whichever way you find most comfortable.  Unexpected leaders emerge and rarely does anyone come away thinking, “I didn’t get a chance to be involved.”

Who is it for?

Everyone!  We would like this event to include all sorts of people – playwrights (and those writing for the stage in different ways), devisers, theatre-makers, directors, performers, designers, dramaturgs, producers, administrators, marketers, academics, journalists, audiences…the list goes on and on!

Travel & accommodation

We are committed to making this event as easy as possible to attend, regardless of where you are based in Scotland.  We are able to offer limited travel and accommodation bursaries.  Bursaries will be issued on a first come, first served basis and priority will be given to playwrights travelling outwith the central belt.  Please emailemma@playwrightsstudio.co.uk to discuss your travel and accommodation needs.

To book

This event is free. Visit our Eventbrite page to book. For more information visit ourwebsite.

This has the potential to be a major national event of genuine significance.  We hope that you will join us. Please feel free to share this with anyone you think would be interested in getting involved.

Best wishes

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland

Hosted by Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. Facilitated by Improbable. Playwrights' Studio, Scotland acknowledges annual funding from Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland.

University College London Theatre Translation Forum

The UCL Theatre Translation Forum is a new initiative designed to create a meeting space for academic researchers and theatre practitioners to explore interdisciplinary themes in drama/theatre research and discuss issues relating to the theatrical presentation of translated performance. This series, spread over October 2013 to March 2014, explores four theatrical genres by means of research seminars with contributions from academe and theatre supported by workshops led by professional directors and actors. The first topic, Naturalism, on 15 October, will discuss Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, and Arthur Schnitzler, including a talk from playwright Howard Brenton, whose recent version of ‘Dances of Death’ will then be explored in a practical workshop led by director Tara Robinson on 29 October. Further details and registration are available on the Theatre Translation Forum website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/translation-studies/theatre-translation-forum

The series is funded by the UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities and run in partnership with the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. Please contact the convenors, Geraldine Brodie, g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk, and Emma Cole, e.cole.11@ucl.ac.uk, for additional information.

Dr Geraldine Brodie

UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society


Room 348 Foster Court

Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 1317

Internal Ext: 51317

Convenor, Translation Studies MA module http://www.ucl.ac.uk/translation-studies/

Supervisor, SELCS Writing Lab http://www.ucl.ac.uk/selcs-writing-lab/

BASc Cutures Pathway Representative http://www.ucl.ac.uk/basc/prospective/pathways/cultures

Co-convenor, Translation in History Lecture Series http://www.ucl.ac.uk/translation-studies/translation-in-history

Co-convenor, Theatre Translation Forum http://www.ucl.ac.uk/translation-studies/theatre-translation-forum

Co-editor, New Voices in Translation Studies http://www.iatis.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=category&id=28&itemid=60

forum theatre with young people – International (specifically UK, USA and Brazil)

I’ve recently been awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to spend time with organisations that are using forum theatre with marginalised young people around the world. The trip aims to strengthen and develop the practice of students and arts practitioners working with marginalized young people in the UK. I hope to create a network of young people who are using forum theatre around the world to explore some of the challenges in their lives.

I’m heading to the U.S and to Brazil for 6 months in total and hope to be back in the UK next April.  For the last couple of years I’ve been running a forum theatre project in schools in East London.  The programme specifically targets young people who are beginning to show signs of disengaging from mainstream education and/or are at risk of becoming disaffected, aiming to improve general levels of engagement.  The project directly explores behavior, dealing with conflict and challenges and providing a space for participants to look at some of the barriers in their lives. I’m currently in the process of looking at ways of continuing the work into next year and beyond, potentially on a national and international level and hope to use the Winston Churchill trip as a platform for this…

Looking to get in touch with individuals or organisations that might be interested in the project, specifically in the UK, USA and Brazil.

Let me know if you need any more info at danboyden@googlemail.com

Thanks, Dan Boyden


EFA announces Ateliers for Young Festival Managers 2013/2014: express your interest.

Following the intense experience of five Ateliers for Young Festival Managers  in Görlitz (2006), Varna (2009), Singapore (May 2011), Izmir (October 2011) and Ljubljana(October 2012), the European Festivals Association (EFA) is delighted to announce the next three editions in: Beirut, Lebanon, in autumn 2013; Edinburgh, UK, in spring 2014; and Kampala, Uganda, in autumn 2014.

The Atelier for Young Festival Mangers is a high-level 7-day training programme focusing on the artistic aspects of festival management. It brings together two generations of festival makers: 45 young festival managers and 10 renowned festival directors from all over the world. 

To name just a few of the mentors and presenters who will take part in these Ateliers under the coordination of Hugo De Greef (Former EFA Secretary General, General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater): Robyn Archer (Creative Director The Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director The Light in Winter – Australia), Bernard Faivre d’Arcier (President Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, former Director Festival d’Avignon – France), Rose Fenton (Director Free Word, Co-Founder LIFT, London – UK), Nele Hertling (Vice-Chair of the Academy of Arts Berlin, former Director Hebbel-Theater, Germany), Ching-Lee Goh (Executive and Artistic Director CultureLink Singapore, Former Director Singapore Arts Festival – Singapore), Gerard Mortier (General Director Teatro Real de Madrid, former Director Salzburger Festpiele, former Director Ruhr Triennale – Belgium), Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival – UK) and many more.

Each of the three editions will be hosted by an excellent international festival in a unique cultural setting. The hosting city will offer an inspiring and challenging context which will enrich the Atelier content and participants. 

The Atelier BEIRUT 2013 will be hosted by the Beiteddine Art Festival from 5-12 October 2013. The Atelier EDINBURGH 2014 will be held from 3-10 April 2014 and hosted by the Edinburgh International Festival. The Atelier KAMPALA 2014 will take place from 21-28 September 2014, hosted by the Bayimba International Arts Festival

The open call for application for the Ateliers BEIRUT 2013 and EDINBURGH 2014 will be launched in January 2013: deadline of application for Beirut will be 31 March 2013 and deadline of application for Edinburgh will be 31 May 2013. The open call for the Atelier KAMPALA 2014 will be launched in September 2013. 

EFA invites motivated young artistic festival managers to express their interest in this unique training programme and its next promising editions in 2013 and 2014. Write an email to EFA at atelier@efa-aef.eu and you will be among the first ones to receive the application forms.

Young festival managers from all over the world: get ready to apply! Please feel invited to spread this announcement broadly in your network to anybody who might be interested. To find out more about the Atelier and the previous editions, please visit www.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu.

Announced: Gent, Monday, 17-12-2012

Translation Symposium Reading the Target: Translation as Translation

Registration is now open for the Postgraduate Translation Symposium Reading the Target: Translationas Translation. We welcome submissions for presentations before 7 December 2012.

Further details are available on the Symposium  webpage:  http://www.uea.ac.uk/lit/eventsnews/reading-the-target

Keynote Speakers: Professor Jean Boase-Beier (University of East Anglia), Dr Manuela Perteghella, Dr Gabriela Saldanha (University of Birmingham)

Location: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Date: 23 Mar 2013  – 24 Mar 2013

Ticket Price: Full Rate: £55 | PG Rate: £37.50


A two-day translation symposium at the University of East Anglia

The fifth Postgraduate Translation Symposium at the University of East Anglia aims to examine translation as a form of literature in its own right: since Lawrence Venuti’s influential work on the translator’s visibility (1995), much progress has been made in the academic study of translation in this regard, but many critics and publishers remain reluctant to acknowledge the translator’s involvement in the creation of a new text or the status of these texts as anything more than a duplicate in another language. 
The symposium aims to explore the following questions: what are the effects of cultural contexts, literary systems and philosophical and ideological cues on the appreciation of translated literature? What are the power structures and hierarchies that translated literature must negotiate in order to achieve acceptance? What are the benefits to a culture that acknowledges the presence of translations within its literary canon?

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for presentations by postgraduate research students and academics across a wide range of disciplines. Fields of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Performance and adaptations

·         Cross-genre translation

·         The diversity of overt forms of translation

·         Concepts of authorship in translation

·         The translation of poetry

·         The role of translation in religious texts

·         Pseudo-translation

·         Ethical and political considerations in translation

·         The visibility of translation in modern forms of text and media (Subtitling, Films, Games)

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words (with bibliographical references and a short biographical note) for 20-minute papers to translationsymposium@uea.ac.uk by Friday 7 December 2012.

Please address all correspondence to: 
Lina Fisher 
University of East Anglia
School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing





ASSEMBLY: Performers 2012

Assembly runs the most successful and prestigious venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Established 32 years ago, Assembly is world renowned for producing and presenting a programme of award-winning comedy, theatre, music, cabaret and dance from all around the world. We have 10 theatre spaces based in the magnificence of Assembly Hall within our new hub in George Square Gardens.

Assembly hosts the biggest names, attracts large audiences and provides the best opportunities for brand exposure locally, nationally and internationally. 

Assembly's programme of events runs from 10am to late with exhibitions, cafés and bars where critics, performers and guests alike can party and relax into the small hours of the morning.
How To Apply
If you are interested in performing at Assembly in 2012 applications are accepted from January 2012. Assembly is a semi-curated festival, so please send the following by either e-mail or post and we will be in touch if there is a slot or venue available that might suit your show. 

The information we require is:

  • Information about the show, synopsis, script and casting.
  • A video or promo clips of the show.
  • Where you have performed in the past and any press clippings from previous runs.
  • Size of venue you are looking for, seating and stage size.
  • Any major technical requirements – projection, large sets, band set-up, hanging points etc…
  • Is your show performing anywhere that we can come and see it. 

Please send all information to:programming@assemblyfestival.com


Assembly Hall

  • Main Hall
  • Rainy Hall
  • Baillie Room

Assembly George Square

  • Spiegel Tent – Teatro
  • Salon Elegance
  • Bosco
  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • George Square Theatre

Assembly Roxy

  • Central
  • Upstairs
  • Downstairs


ASSEMBLY OFFICE                                                  Administration Office

Assembly Theatre
2/2, 50 George Street
Edinburgh  EH2 2LE
Tel: 0131 623 3000 
Fax: 0131 623 3001
Email: info@assemblyfestival.com


London Administration Office (Nov – May)
Assembly Theatre
Riverside Studios
Crisp Road
London W6 9RL
Tel: 0208 237 1000
Fax: 0208 237 1071
Email: info@assemblyfestival.com

Literary translation course

Call for participants: Literary translation course
August 27 – Sept 1, 2012
Arvon Foundation/British Centre for Literature Translation

In partnership with Arvon, which Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy calls “the single most important organization for sharing and exploring creative writing in the UK,” BCLT is pleased to announce a hands-on, multilingual literary translation course this August. Led by Michael Henry Heim and Sasha Dugdale, with guest Anthea Bell. Held in an 18th-century mill owner’s house (which once belonged to Ted Hughes) in an idyllic woodland setting. 

For more details see http://www.arvonfoundation.org/literarytranslation. For more information, contact Valerie Henitiuk, Director, British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia at V.Henitiuk@uea.ac.uk.  

Call for participants: British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School


University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
22-27 July 2012

The British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School, now in its 12th year, runs July 22-27 in Norwich (UK). This is a fabulous opportunity to work with not only leading translators, but also the best in contemporary writers from around the world. This year we are offering workshops translating into English from  Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian and Spanish.
Writers in residence: Daniel Gascón , Nino Haratischwili, Furukawa Hideo,  Martin Page, Gustaaf Peek, Kjersti Skomsvold
Workshop  leaders:   David Colmer,  Kari Dickson, Katy Derbyshire, Michael Emmerich, Adriana Hunter, Anne McLean

In each workshop, participants work with a writer-in-residence under the guidance of a workshop leader, who is an experienced literary translator. There will also be opportunities to meet editors and other guests from the publishing sector. Sessions run from 9.00 – 4.30pm each  day and are followed by plenary events and panel discussions, including the presentation of the 2012 John Dryden Translation Prizes. At the end of the week everyone comes together to present their work.

You can read more about the programme at  http://www.bclt.org.uk/index.php/summer_school/.  The closing date for applications for the Summer School is 8 May.  To apply, download the application form from http://www.bclt.org.uk/index.php/summer_school/registration/ and email it to us together with a copy of your CV.
For more information, please contact Valerie Henitiuk at 

Valerie Henitiuk (Dr.), Director, British Centre for Literary Translation, Senior Lecturer, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, Tel.: (44) (0)1603 592739, www.bclt.org.uk

The Clore Leadership Programme – Fellowships

Fellowships – Programme overview

About the Fellowship Programme

Applications for 2012/13 Fellowships are now open and close 24 February 2012.

Since 2004, the Clore Leadership Programme has awarded over 200 Fellowships to outstanding individuals from across the cultural sector.  Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, they may be working freelance or within organisations, both large and small,  in areas ranging from archives to theatre production, and including visual and performing arts, film and digital media, heritage, creative industries, museums, libraries and cultural policy.

The Fellowship Programme aims to shape emerging creative leaders through in-depth learning, tailored as far as possible to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of about 25 individuals a year. The structure of the programme includes residential courses, an extended placement, individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching. Fellows have unparalleled access to senior cultural leaders and to extensive networks.

Fellows are selected from across the UK, Ireland and beyond. International Fellows in previous years have been from Canada, China, Egypt, Hungary, India, Iran, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

The impact of the Programme has been wide-ranging and Fellows have found many different contexts in which to be leaders. Some, for example, have gone on to take significant leadership roles within organisations, heading up museums, theatres, orchestras and library services; some have returned to their jobs with renewed confidence, more extensive networks and advanced skills. Some Fellows are working independently, and are actively engaged in creative activity, whilst others have set up ground-breaking new charities or independent businesses. Many Fellows are members of the Boards of cultural organisations, they are advocates for their sector and are influencing thinking about culture. 

"This has given me immense confidence and self belief to forge ahead with my ideas; to lead, take a few risks, not to be afraid to ask and to have conviction in myself and my ideas."
Subnum Hariff,  Partnership and Access Manager for Bolton's Libraries, Museums, Archives and Arts (LMAA) and Cultural Lead for Bolton's Building Schools for the Future Programme, 2008/09 Fellow

 The Clore Leadership Programme, South Building, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
tel: 020 7420 9430
fax: 020 7420 9433
email: info@cloreleadership.org

The International Student Drama Festival is coming

We are currently seeking applications for the International Student Drama Festival (ISDF) taking place in Sheffield, England June 22-30 2012.  It’s shaping up to be a great event and we are especially pleased to have been selected to be part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

We will shortly have an E-Flyer about the festival which explains what the ISDF is, what’s so good about it and how to enter a production.

If you would like to receive more information, please email admin@nsdf.org.uk

Best wishes

NSDF (National Student Drama Festival)