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Supported Work Placement: Technical Theatre & Design Students

SDTN’s exciting training programme, The Network, is a production Ensemble for graduates from our network of colleges and institutions, delivered in partnership with the Pleasance Theatre Trust.

This year SDTN have elevated the project once again with an entirely new producing model. Unique to the project for 2019, the Network Ensemble will be presented as a co-production with critically acclaimed Scottish theatre company Grid Iron. It will be the first time that graduates will be given the opportunity to work on a site-specific production with an established company. The work will be written and directed by Grid Iron co-Artistic Director Ben Harrison and co-produced with Grid Iron producer / co-Artistic Director Judith Doherty. Following performances at the Fringe the production will move to Ayr and take up residency at the University of the West of Scotland in September.

Positions available for the Creative Design team are:

Set Design  (Mentorship from award winning theatre designer, Becky Minto)

Costume Design   (Mentorship from award winning theatre designer, Becky Minto)

Costume Design Assistant   (Mentorship from award winning theatre designer, Becky Minto)

Lighting Design – with the choice to Operate  (Mentorship TBA)

Sound Design – with the choice to Operate  (Mentorship from critically acclaimed composer, sound designer and arranger Pippa Murphy)

Assistant Stage Manager

Positions available for the Technical Team are:

Lighting Operator  (Mentorship TBA)

Sound Operator   (Mentorship from critically acclaimed composer, sound designer and arranger Pippa Murphy)

Technical & Design Team Application Deadline – Monday 18th March 2019

Technical & Design Team Interviews – Monday 1st to Thursday 4th April 2019

PROJECT THEME’S

The Brunch Club is a site-specific show that will examine the lives of young adults in the process of detaching from their families and finding their independence and new social groupings in our uncertain world.  It will muse on the compelling human need to classify and establish cliques and to pigeonhole people from a particular background or ethnicity or gender. The nerd, the princess, the gamer, the athlete, the goth – these are all terms we recognise from their frequent depiction in American teen films of the past. The Brunch Club will draw from the plots and scenarios of high school films, like the 1980’s classic film The Breakfast Club, challenging and exploring the routinely depicted archetypal social groups to create a relevant and contemporary reflection on 21st century Scotland. The show will be created using the experiences of the eight-strong cast of very recently graduated actors (in their early 20s) and will reference their favourite movies and music tracks to build a magic realist narrative intertwined with the more everyday struggles, hopes and fears of the characters.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Technical Theatre and Production Art & Design students in the final year of a degree or an HND course from an institution in the SDTN network, who will have completed their studies by the summer of 2019, are eligible to apply for The Graduate Production Ensemble and take part in this year’s production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. To find out if you are in the SDTN network, please check on our web site: https://sdtn.org/courses/

HOW TO APPLY:

Cover letter: with your full contact details on it

Copy of your up to date C.V

Personal Statement: please indicate the role(s) you are applying for. We want to you to write about why you are the right person for this role, and why you should be part of the Graduate Ensemble 2019.

Please send this information to your lecturer who will forward it to SDTN for you. Please do not contact SDTN directly with your application.

You can apply to be part of the team even if you are not available for the full 7 week rehearsal / production period. We understand that students may want to take on a job or already have commitments during the time period and we are interested to hear from students who can do part and/or all of the project duration.

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:

Full company Induction day: Thursday 13th June at Edinburgh College, Granton Campus

Rehearsals begin: Monday 8th July 2019 at Edinburgh College, Granton Campus

Pre-View Performances: 2nd to 4th August 2019 at Levels, Edinburgh

Performances run daily: 5th to 24th August 2019 at Levels, Edinburgh

Residency: 27th August to 6th September 2019 at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr

Please note that there will be no payment for participation in this production, however, accommodation, meal allowance and/or travel allowance will be provided for graduates who do not live in Edinburgh.

About SDTN’s Network Ensemble

SDTN’s exciting training programme, The Network Ensemble, is a production opportunity for graduates from network colleges and institutions, delivered in partnership with the Pleasance Theatre Trust.

The Ensemble’s first production was in 2017 with Snowflake written and directed by Mark Thomson. This year the Network Ensemble graduate production returned in 2018 with director Caitlin Skinner at the helm of Propeller. Both productions ran for 25 performances during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Network Ensemble project has provided places for 30 acting and production graduates over it 2 year tenure.

About Grid Iron 

Grid Iron is an Edinburgh based new writing theatre company which specialises in creating site-specific and location theatre although they also produce work for the stage.  In their 23 years, they have received 31 awards and a further 26 nominations covering all aspects of their work from acting, writing and use of music to stage management, design and technical expertise.

Their adventures have taken them to extraordinary places; from the slopes of Edinburgh Zoo to a massive oil-rig manufacturing shed in Dundee, a boat-builders island in a Norwegian fjord, to the former General Security building in Beirut, a working cancer hospital in Jordan, the old City Morgue in Cork, the largest climbing arena in Europe and parks, housing estates, playing fields and bars (for performances as well as recreation!) around Scotland and Britain.

They have made co-productions with many partners including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, The Almeida Theatre London, Stellar Quines and Lung Has Theatre Company and they have delivered two European Capital of Culture Commissions (Cork 2005 and Stavanger 2008).  They have performed thirteen times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, twice at both Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh International Science Festival and once at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.  In 2014, they became the first theatre company to work in co-production with Edinburgh International Book Festival on Letters Home, which was supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and was also part of Culture 2014, Glasgow’s cultural celebration of the Commonwealth Games.

“theatre that is not just accomplished, but important.”

The Edinburgh Reporter

“one of the companies that has shaped British theatre over the last 20 years”.

The Guardian

 

“Grid Iron, one of Scotland’s boldest and most influential groups of the last two decades”
The Telegraph


“one of the companies that has shaped British theatre over the last 20 years”.

The Guardian


“theatre that is not just accomplished, but important.”

The Edinburgh Reporter

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