Embrace The Space Issue 28 #AllNations

How Doncaster’s landmark theatre is helping to develop local talent and put our town on the creative map.

Cast’s building is open as a creative centre for artists to develop and create new work. They believe in the creative potential of every individual and the transformative power of engagement with the arts. Cast’s work enriches and inspires the people of Doncaster and the wider region, contributing to vibrant and creative communities. They support a range of residencies throughout
the year, available to not-for-profit practitioners working in the performing arts at all career stages. R&D periods will usually be for up to one week, but sometimes for extended periods, in Cast’s welcoming rehearsal spaces.
Production Support is open to artists looking to realise projects and productions that will be premiered or seen at Cast. As part of a developing relationship with Cast, artists can benefit from a range of existing in-house resources through a programme of bespoke support.
Associate Artists are fixed-term relationships (of between 1-5 years) with Cast which can include production support, extended opportunities for R&D, brand endorsement, advocacy, access to mentoring and advice from Cast staff and assistance with strategic planning or company development. Throughout the year, Cast provides plenty of opportunities that encourage local people to develop their talents both on and off stage. From play-reading to acting, there’s always a wide range of activity going on to enhance and shape further development.
Scriptworks is Doncaster’s writing group welcoming anyone who has a love of story-telling, brought to you by Target Theatre Company and Cast. These short workshops will focus on a broad range of techniques and tips, and are led by a team of professional writers and guest practitioners. Scriptworks is a friendly and supportive environment, where local writers can submit or develop their scripts works to be read together in an informal setting. at monthly sharings/readings. There will also be the opportunity to take part in public readings and other projects. It’s the perfect opportunity for those of you with an interest in writing professionally and a story to tell.
Cast additionally organises a brilliant local network of artists who meet monthly to discuss ideas and opportunities, make connections, and share ideas. Each month, they have a guest theatre company or artist who shares their practice, journey and ideas with the group.
Cast are also a part of Venues North, a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. They have additionally contributed to Routes In, a document that offers insight into programmers and programming, and an overview on how they make their choices about the work that features on their stages.
Cast also supports Slate – a new international programme, starting in the North of England, that will support thousands of Black Independent Artists by increasing access to local, national and international networks.
Find out more about Cast HERE

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