Over the last few days I've had a few conversations with artists (and by this I mean people who make theatre & performance from any discipline) about work their making and at some point something like this has happened:
Matt: Have you thought about applying for summercamp
Artist: I wanted to...
Matt: What's stopping you
Artist: Well I wasn't sure if I was the right type of person...
Matt: What's the right type of person?
Artist: I don't know [pause] I didn't think I'd be accepted.
Artist: I didn't think I was experienced enough, but I wanted to do it....
Matt: last year we had people form 18-45.
Artist: Maybe I should apply
Matt: You should. Look, if you don't apply you wont be going. Don't try to second guess what we're looking for - 'cause we dont have a quota or agenda other than to get a group of people who want some time to work on their stuff.
...you see the type of conversation I mean. Now what worries me is that all the people I haven't spoken to personally who have the same feeling. So to you - YES YOU - I say this.
Apply. Do it now. We're not going to know you want to come if you dont tell us you do.
Last year the participants had a great time, and also made some real progress on projects they're working on. Coming out of this there's been some real tangible outcomes:
Christina Handke's Home was performed in Newport
Tracy Harris' Lost Found Stolen, was given further support through WalesLab and premiered at Camden People's Theatre
Lowri Jenkins To London, Love me premiered at Rich Mix
Brent Morgan's Should it come to this, has jeust recieved further support from WalesLab, and he spent two weeks at Volcano, developing the piece.
Greg Wohead's Picos Bill, has been presented in the UK and Texas.
Beth Grant's play Growing will premiere in the Ignite festival (Exeter) this June
Olivia Winteringham's A journey round my skull has received support from Bristol Ferment, and was presented as a work-in-progress at Bristol Old Vic in January.
So what I'm tying to say is:
If you want to come and think you'd get something out of it, apply. You really haven't got anything to loose.
The Deadline is Midday on Monday - so get your skates on.
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