L20 applications open

Oct 20 2020 | By More

Lyceum opens new artist attachment scheme

The Lyceum has announced details of its professional development scheme, L20, which is open to all artistic disciplines other than acting and will take on 20 Edinburgh-based creatives for a year.

L20 is part of a package announced in January 2020, when artistic director David Greig extended his tenure to 2025. It has now been refined to comply with Covid guidelines. It will run from January 2021 with an applications deadline of November 29.

The Lyceum wrapped up for #scenechange in June 2020. Pic: Peter Dibdin

The Lyceum says that it is actively encouraging applications from those who do not currently feel represented by the theatre or who have experienced barriers to accessing opportunities like this in the past. Its aim is to support and empower those voices

Announcing the L20 programme, Greig said it “will be an opportunity for a diverse group of Edinburgh artists to spark and learn from each other, but it’s also an opportunity for The Lyceum to change and learn more about the city we belong to.”

The programme is looking to engage with all kinds of theatre artists including, but not limited to, writers, directors, choreographers, composers, creative producers, designers and digital creatives.

the widest range of talent

Greig added: “Artists are the lifeblood of theatre. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, it’s still vital for the Lyceum to meet, support and learn from the widest range of talent – that’s the only way we can be sure we will make the most exciting new work we can as we get back to making shows in the years to come.”

The core activity of the L20 programme will be a shadowing placement on a Lyceum project, such as the Lyceum variety nights, a stage production or a rehearsed reading, for which there will be a £1,000 bursary, payable at the time.

Over the year there will be quarterly Saturday workshops that focus on bespoke skills development; one-to-one advice and support sessions with the artistic director, associate directors, producer or literary associate; and an invitation to join Lyceum readings, workshops, and rehearsals where appropriate.

There will also be an opportunity for access to Lyceum staff able to advise on such specific areas as press, communication, marketing, fundraising, production, and creative learning. There will be additional opportunities crafted and offered as and when possibility arises.

personal project

Besides the £1,000 bursary, an expenses allowance will be available to facilitate involvement in the programme on a case by case basis.

Greig adds: “The L20 is a very personal project for me because I was fortunate enough to get my start in Tom McGrath’s artists workshops at The Lyceum in the early 1990’s where I met and worked with writers, designers, musicians, dancers and poets.

“Those experiences shaped my work and introduced me to collaborators with whom I still work today. L20 is an initiative in Tom’s spirit. I’m really proud that The Lyceum, in the teeth of a hard theatrical winter, is able to plant some small seeds for the spring.”

Further details

For more information or to apply, visit the lyceum website here.
The recruitment pack and FAQ are available to download here.

Applications for the programme: now open.
Deadline for Applications: midnight on Sunday 29 November
Shortlisting and Selection: Monday 30 November to Sunday 13 December
Notify Applicants: Monday 14 December
Programme starts: January 2021


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