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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is a project developed by ARC, originally in conjunction with Newcastle Theatre Royal and The Maltings, designed to contribute towards the creation of new theatre work within the North East region.

The venues work together to offer a joint package of in-kind support to enable North East based artists/theatre companies to develop and present new pieces of work across the venues. Over the years the scheme has expanded and now includes ARC, Alnwick Playhouse, Arts Centre Washington, Customs House, Live Theatre, Northern Stage and The Maltings in Berwick.

To date Bridging the Gap has supported:

  • Rabbit Damage: Wherever I Lay My Hat (2010)
  • INK Productions: Wanting for Anghus (2011)
  • Daniel Bye: Ash or How to Occupy an Oil Rig (2012)
  • Black Coffee Theatre: Found  (2013)
  • Amy Mackelden: Retail (2013)
  • Encounter Productions: Choir (2014)
  • Northern Nomads: Butterfly (2014)
  • Camisado Club – You, Me and Everything Else (2015)

In 2016, we will continue running two strands of the programme, supporting Zoe Murtagh to create The Lamppost Petition and The Six Twenty to create Fans.

Each scheme benefits from:

  • Four weeks rehearsal space - one week at each of the four venues
  • Eight performances - two nights in each of the four venues
  • Regular meetings with ARC as the project manager, and other venue representatives to offer advice/support, including guidance around funding applications
  • 1 -2 days dramaturgical support; venue staff are also available to attend rehearsals/sharings/work in progress to give feedback
  • Support to develop an audience development plan
  • Marketing support: the company are responsible for producing leaflets/posters, but venues support via distribution, press, direct e/mail, website and online listings etc.
  • Support to develop an appropriate package of participatory and engagement activities to accompany the show.
  • Technical support – each venue provides a technician for the get in/performance days (but not during rehearsal period). In addition ARC provides a technician for the production week, and help draw up a technical specification for the show.
  • Box Office – full box office services available at all venues to manage ticket sales.
  • Advocacy and PR – as the selected company for this project, all four venues act as ambassadors for the company’s work, both in the lead up to the performances, and post-performance in terms of recommendations to potential touring venues etc.

Financial arrangements:

Rehearsal and performance space is provided by the venues free of charge.

Box office monies are split with the companies 60:40 in their favour. Ticket prices are agreed with each venues, with an allocation of complimentary tickets for both companies and venues for press and ‘showcasing’ purposes.

Selection Criteria:

  • Artists must be living and working in the North East region.
  • Applications must be made by professional artists/theatre companies who have produced at least one show (this project is not aimed at youth theatre groups or undergraduates).
  • We are looking for artists/companies committed to making contemporary theatre.
  • This is not a funded initiative and the selected artists/companies must be self-supporting. However, we can offer guidance with funding applications.

How to apply

Bridging the Gap is advertised in late autumn, with selection made by the end of January each year. The rehearsal/production period runs from August – October.

Details of how to apply will be displayed here when the active.