Sparks Might Fly in battle for university’s theatre commission and £3,000 grant

PUBLISHED: 10:37 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:37 27 February 2015




Theatre companies and performers are being encouraged to apply for a commission to produce new theatre based on a research project at the University of Hertfordshire.

UHArts, based at the Hatfield university, is launching Sparks Might Fly.

This will become an annual award aimed at producing contemporary touring theatre for young audiences, inspired by the work of the university’s world class academic researchers.

In order to give as many theatre makers and performance artists across the UK an opportunity to become involved, UHArts is inviting applications for a £3,000 grant to develop new ideas that emanate from the key themes of Everyday Lives in War, a current research project on the impacts of World War One.

Working in partnership with researchers from Everyday Lives in War, the winners will have the opportunity to use the grant, on-campus creative space and the expertise of the UHArts’ producing team to develop ideas that could become the university’s first touring theatre commission in 2016.

UHArts theatre producer Stuart Mullins said: “We want to commission and produce our own unique brand of theatre.

“In partnership with the history team from the School of Humanities, we hope that Sparks Might Fly will inspire artists to make theatre productions that excite not only a student audience but also a wider, younger audience in Hertfordshire and throughout the region.”

The successful company or individual artist will receive:

* Creative space for 10 days at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

* A £3,000 grant to cover fees, travel and materials.

* The support of the uni’s theatre producer and the operational team.

The grant is supported by the Diamond Fund. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 6.

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