On The Run Mentoring scheme 2021/22
With support from Shoreditch Town Hall and Oxford Playhouse
What is the mentoring scheme?
The On The Run Mentoring Scheme is the pilot programme for a yearly scheme. It will provide support to 2 x early-career artists or companies who are making an autobiographical show. Artistic Director Hannah Moss will provide monthly 121 mentoring sessions on Zoom over a period of 6 months. This will culminate with one day rehearsal with Hannah in London/Bristol and an advice session with a representative from Shoreditch Town Hall and Oxford Playhouse.
Why are we running the scheme?
Being an early-career artist can be really tough, let alone during a pandemic! Here at On The Run, we believe in supporting each other and building up other artists. We want to offer new theatre-makers a chance to explore their creative practice and develop a network. Particularly during such a challenging time, when artists can easily become isolated and lonely, we want to create a supportive environment for them to grow.
The scheme will kick-start the creative process by giving artists the vital opportunity to gain feedback, guidance and...a deadline…! It also aims to help artists make connections with theatres and seek advice from those who work in the industry.
By providing this 121 support, we want to create a community and network of artists/ companies who champion each other’s work and provide peer support and advice in the future.
And finally, we want to see some really good autobiographical work out there and how else to do it, but help other artists tell their stories?!
Who are On The Run?
‘This company has a bright future’
Making theatre is our way of changing the world. On The Run devises and creates work that challenges preconceived ideas in society. Our shows have tackled issues such as: grief, bereavement, coercive control and being a carer. We translate our research and autobiographical experience into funny and generous work that connects directly with the audience. Our style is a unique blend of movement, comedy, audience participation and visual theatre.
On The Run has toured the across UK and internationally to outstanding critical acclaim since they debuted their first production So It Goes (5*s Times) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2014. The show went on to tour nationally and internationally with The Times calling it “an extraordinary debut”. It was also selected for the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015 and toured to China, Georgia and London’s Southbank Centre.
Most recently, they have debuted their third piece, Everything I Didn't Say (previously titled The Rebirth of Meadow Rain) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 (Pleasance Theatre). It was developed with support from Shoreditch Town Hall, partnered with UK Says No More and will be touring soon (covid allowing!)...watch this space!
When will it run?
The scheme runs from 1 September 2021 to 28 February 2022.
Who will you be working with?
Hannah Moss the Artistic Director of On The Run will be leading the mentoring sessions and the one day rehearsal/workshop.
Hannah is a Bristol-based performer, Director and theatre-maker who has toured nationally and internationally with devised piece So It Goes (British Council Showcase 2015) and has performed at venues such as the Southbank Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Cruicible (Sheffield) and the New Wolsey. She is currently a Visiting Practitioner at Drama Centre London (Central Saint Martins) and trained at Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq (2015-17).
How will it work exactly?
The two artists/companies chosen to undertake the scheme will be able to use their mentoring sessions as they choose. This could be, but is not limited to: feedback on writing, story development, creative development, fundraising application support, industry advice & career progression. We aim to be responsive to artists' ever-changing needs and will make every effort to be adaptable. We imagine that these sessions will give a much needed deadline/structure to help artists progress their work.
Two artists will receive:
6 Mentoring sessions on Zoom
1 Rehearsal day in London/Bristol
1 advice session with Shoreditch Town Hall
1 advice session with Oxford Playhouse
Dates and times to be agreed between the artist/company and Hannah.
Will I get paid?
There is a fee of £470, which includes:
Materials budget of £100
6 mentoring sessions @ £40 per session
1 day rehearsal @ £130
The scheme is aimed at early career artists, something we define as an artist or company making their first or second professional show.
The show itself must be autobiographical or have a strong autobiographical influence.
Successful candidates must be able to commit to 6 zoom sessions over 6 months and 1 days rehearsal in London.
We particularly encourage applications from artists with protected characteristics.
Artists must be over 18 and can be based anywhere in the UK.
What’s the catch?
No catch! We promise. We only ask that you credit the On The Run Mentoring Scheme.
How to apply?
Applications will open on 8 July 2021.
The application process will require you to submit your personal details, a copy of your CV and answers to the following questions:
Tell us about your show. (250 words)
Tell us about you and the work you want to make. (150)
Tell us why you’re interested in this scheme and what you want to achieve. (150 words)
We welcome submissions in other formats, such as video (MP4) or audio files (MP3) of no more than 3 minutes. Please get in contact if you have any additional access requirements.
Interviews will take place via Zoom on Monday 16th August 2021.
Applications will close on 29 July 2021 at 5pm.