The Royal Court, inspired by conversations with and in collaboration withNastazja Domaradzka, is launching a NO BORDERS creative programme designed to interrogate the past, present and future of theatre. In his 1945 poem Polish poet Czesław Miłosz asks ‘what is poetry if it does not save nations or people?’. In 2022, we want to ask: ‘what is theatre if it does not save nations and people?’.
Across six months, the participants will form a collective that sets out to interrogate the politics of theatrical form. From Brecht’s epic theatre to South African theatre of resistance and Polish protest theatre, theatre has played a huge part in opposing various regimes and shaping society’s dreams and yearnings. This programme is dedicated to shaping an urge for change in how and why we make theatre. It is an experiment in news ways of working, offering space and time for the artists involved to interrogate and develop their practice.
They are looking for a group of 12 early career theatre makers and creatives. This is a cross-disciplinary project so it could be that you identify as a writer, theatre-maker, director, designer or work across different disciplines. Artists should have between 2 and 5 years of experience of working in theatre. Theatre should be the centre of your making practice and you should have a clear interest in the role of politics and activism in their work.
What does it entail?
- Overall dates of the project are between January and June 2022.
- This is a curated programme of two sessions each month, that will run between January and May 2022.
- One session will run in person at the Royal Court, the other as a zoom session (see below for times).
- Sessions will explore and discuss different practices and traditions with visiting guests from the UK and internationally.
- Alongside this, participating artists will investigate different approaches to collective making and ways in which our politics can structure the way we work.
- The final month of the programme in June 2022 will involve three in-person sessions at the Royal Court, offering space for the group to build a creative response to the programme and an opportunity to share work.
Monday 13 December, 6.00pm.
In-person sessions will run on one Saturday each month between 10.30am and 3.00pm at the Royal Court Theatre.
The final month of the project will include three in-person sessions.
Dates and Times
Saturday 29 January (in person): 10.30am – 3.00pm
Saturday 12 February (online): 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Saturday 26 February (in person): 10.30am – 3.00pm
Saturday 12 March (online): 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Saturday 26 March (in person): 10.30am – 3.00pm
Saturday 9 April (online): 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Saturday 23 April (in person): 10.30am – 3.00pm
Saturday 7 May (online): 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Saturday 21 May (in person): 10.30am – 3.00pm
Saturday 4 June (online): 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Friday 17 June: Rehearsal times tbc
Saturday 18 June: Rehearsal and Sharing times tbc