Theatre & dance

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

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The purpose of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award is to help the development of emerging practitioners engaged in bold, challenging and innovative performance and to encourage the new generation of creative artists.

The Award is for a company or individual to create a show either for the Barbican's studio theatre, or a site-responsive show to take place in east London or the City. The winning show will premiere as part of the Barbican Theatre & Dance season. The proposal must therefore be for an original and un-performed piece of work that is available for production and unattached to any other venue or company.

The Award is designed for artists who are at the stage in their career where they can demonstrably benefit from moving on to a fully resourced and funded production. It is there to help artists move on to the next level in their professional career. 

The winning artist or company receives a production grant of up to £32,000. In addition they will receive a mentor for the project and in-kind support from the Barbican including a marketing and press campaign for the performance and some technical and administrative support.

How to apply

Submissions for the 2019 Award are now closed. This is an annual award and information regarding the 2020 Award will be available from autumn 2018.

Open Lab

Open Lab

Barbican Open Labs give artists the chance to experiment in a working theatrical space without the expectation of a final product. The programme accepts proposals from artists who are at the beginning of a cross arts or participatory idea or question, want to try something that scares them or explore the creative process with new collaborators. 

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