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Opportunities and Resources for Artists

Getting Involved:

We’re excited to hear from artists who are interested in the company’s work. Here are some ways that you can be involved.

Send us your play

We welcome unsolicited scripts submissions from the UK or Ireland for consideration for future productions, or projects. We are interested in stories that are relevant to the world around us today, particularly from the perspective of those that often go unheard and that resonate with younger audiences of 18-25yrs.

Submit your play here

Invite us to your work (we have Zoom)

To invite us to see your work, either in person or in digital form, or to let us know more about the work that you are interested to make, please email us at info@fifthword.co.uk.

Community Projects

We are committed to creating projects with, and for, our local communities in the East Midlands.

If you are a community group or an organisation or artist that works with community groups in the East Midlands, and have a project you’d be interested in collaborating on with us, please send a proposal to info@fifthword.co.uk and we will respond within 12 weeks.

Our most recent project is LIGHTS UP in partnership with Derby City Libraries, supported by Derby Theatre and made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The LIGHTS UP mini-site

Find our more about our past community projects here

We have two current ongoing community co-creation projects:

We have been working with a group of Nottinghamshire residents of Zimbabwean and other African diaspora heritage to input into the development of WE NEED NEW NAMES, Mufaro Makubika’s world premiere adaptation of the Booker-shortlised novel by NoViolet Bulawayo. The group will continue to influence the script’s development and be involved in the creative process as we move towards production in 2023. And we will soon be launching an inter-generational living history project: capturing the stories of first-generation Zimbabwean migrants in Nottingham, interviewed by a younger generation within the same community, and presenting them in a digital installation featuring photos, filmed material, and audio dramatisations of the stories.

And we’ve been working with a group of teenage Muslim schoolgirls in the East Midlands during the research and development process for our new commission, ROADBLOCK by Sonali Bhattacharyya. Conversations with the participants have profoundly influenced the writer’s ideas for the play; and the participants are also developing ideas for their own co-creation project responding to the play’s themes.

Playwrights’ Resources and Keeping Creative:

Here are a few of the resources and opportunities available for emerging writers – this list is by no means exhaustive but might be a useful starting point:

Free writing exercises from the Royal Court –
royalcourttheatre.com/playwriting/writing-exercises

Masterclasses from the Bush Theatre – bushtheatre.co.uk/festival/masterclasses

Blogs, toolkits and webinars from the Bruntwood Prize website –
writeaplay.co.uk/writing-resources

Artist development opportunities –

live.org.uk/talent
nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/get-involved/amplify
newdiorama.com/artist-support
cptheatre.co.uk/Artist-Support
bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities

Financial Support, Wellbeing, Unions:

Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Grants are available for theatre writers in order to afford them the time and the space to write. You can be a writer who’s only had one play professionally produced, a writer who’s had dozens or a writer who’s somewhere in between - if you’re struggling to pay the bills, then they can help.
peggyramsayfoundation.org

Acting for Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre
workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. They advise people to get in touch if you are a theatre worker that has been affected by Covid-19 for more information about how they can support.
actingforothers.co.uk

Actors' Benevolent Fund
For professional actors and stage managers who are in need due to illness, injury, or old age. They consider applications from professional actors, actresses and stage managers.
actorsbenevolentfund.co.uk

Arts Council England
Funding for arts projects of all scales, that benefit people in England. You can apply as an individual for a Project grant for a particular project, or for a Developing Your Creative Practice grant for general support to develop as an artist.
artscouncil.org.uk

ACE list of other funding sources:
artscouncil.org.uk/funding/other-sources-funding#section-1

BECTU
Represent over 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in the media and
entertainment industries.
bectu.org.uk

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
The main UK trade union representing professional writers in TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry etc.
writersguild.org.uk