THE CALL OUT
Raze recently received funding from Arts Council England and a donation from East Creative to deliver Raze Up - a professional development programme for queer performers. This involved the award of four Raze Collective Commissions for new and emerging queer performers.
Each commission is worth £1,500 to develop a 20 minute work for performance in Theatres. We will provide high levels of support, including access to directors, producers, technical crew, marketing and other expertise from within the Collective, alongside support for production costs. Each work will be presented as part of a showcase in at least 3 of our partner Theatres, which include Contact (Manchester), Ovalhouse (London), Cambridge Junction, The Old Fire Station (Oxford) and Derby Theatre, alongside other performance opportunities such as our summer festival event at the Southbank Centre (London).
The Raze Up programme will also involve the provision of professional development workshops and networking events for queer performers at each of the partner theatres.
£1,500 commissioning fee to develop a 20 minute show.
Up to 3 performance opportunities across the UK, with fee of £100 per performance (up to a maximum of £200 for small groups).
Possible rehearsal space in-kind, through Raze network (TBC).
Opportunity for scratch performance and feedback during the development process.
The evaluation panel who awarded the commissions comprises:
Tracy Gentles (Director, The Sick of the Fringe - supporting the development of step change in artists' work, focusing on marginalisation through health, disability, class, race, sexuality and intersectional difference. www.thesickofthefringe.com)
Daniel Kok (Arts Producer at Cambridge Junction)
Catherine McNamara (Pro-Dean and Reader in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; Founder of Gendered Intelligence).
Roxanne Moores (Creative Producer at Contact, Manchester)
Tim Other (Executive Director at the Raze Collective)
Leo Skilbeck (Writer and Director at Milk Presents)
Jo Tyabji (Director and Performer, Co-AD of Ivo Theatre and Associate at Milk Presents. Drags as Joé de Vivre)
Daniel Vais (Social Choreographer and Creative Director at Culture Device, Radical Beauty and Drag Syndrome)