Theatre Call Out

January 21, 2022 | By More

Hidden Door posts call out for theatre at this year’s festival

The Hidden Door festival has posted a call out to commission three new pieces of work from emerging theatre makers and details of how existing work can apply to be part of this year’s event.

Hidden Door 2022 will take place from Thursday 9 to Saturday 18 June at the Old Royal High School at the foot of Calton Hill. It is looking to commission new work and present innovative existing work for its Theatre Programme with a deadline for applications on Friday 11 February at midnight.

Theatre Call Out

Hidden Door is continuing its tradition of transforming Edinburgh’s disused and neglected buildings into creative spaces for audience and artists. This year it is looking to completely transform the iconic Royal High School building – both outside and in – with performances, installations, bars and spaces to discover visual art, music, theatre and dance.

projects which innovate

The festival is looking for existing work and developing work; for projects which innovate or develop the practice of the company or individuals; proposals for scratch work or work in early stages of development; and proposals which aim to use the platform of Hidden Door to help develop the work and get the work in front of an audience.

The various spaces inside the Royal High School will be set up to be used for a variety of different art forms, but will not include a traditional end-on theatre space.

The Debating chamber of the Old Royal High was refurbished in the 1970s with the intention of housing the proposed devolved Scottish Assembly. Pic Dan Mosley

For the theatre programme an intimate circular auditorium is being designed, seating 80 around a 4m x 4m circular central performance space and it is to this stage that the commissions should probably be aimed. A larger 10m x 6m stage is also being designed for in-the-round performances, but will mainly be dedicated to programming dance and music.

Outdoor-based or promenade pieces are also being sought, and works that can respond to the building – with its labyrinth of passages, corridors and staircases – and the surrounding site with its interesting and distinct areas in the grounds.

experimental work

Artists who are interested in innovative, experimental work will be well suited to this opportunity as will those with a background in devising theatre, and site-specific or site-responsive work. The festival will favour proposals for runs of shows over several days rather than one-off performances, recommending four performances across three days.

Further details on the Hidden Door website: https://hiddendoorarts.org/call-for-theatre-hidden-door-2022/

The Terrace of the Old Royal High School. Pic: Dan Mosley.

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