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  1. Going with the Flow

    Friday 18 July 2014, 13:56

    Carrie Rooney Carrie Rooney Project Co-ordinator

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    In a new series of feature blogs we are catching up with our Community Theatre and Theatre Fellows. Charlotte Mountford PAF Theatre Fellow 2014 (producer)The Lowry Salford Quays discusses her new project Flow Salford.


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    The Flow Salford journey began in December 2013 when The Lowry and I were successfully awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship. It had always been a part of the application that the culmination of my fellowship would be some sort of showcase for local artists. After meeting with many Salford theatre-makers, directors, performers, writers, graduates, students, venues and lecturers my ambition for the project expanded.

    I began to get other venues on board – The Kings Arms and Salford Arts Theatre – who were equally as excited about a festival of new local work as I was. We agreed that Flow would be a weekend festival celebrating the vast, the varied and the very new work being made in Salford today.  A diverse range of strictly Salford’s newest talent would take up residency across the city’s cultural landscape. We were excited about the cross-pollination of audiences this could provide as well; the opportunity to see something new...

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  2. 40 Days to Go

    Wednesday 9 July 2014, 11:02

    Carrie Rooney Carrie Rooney Project Co-ordinator

    As this blog goes to press we have 40 days left until the closing date for our current BBC PAF Fellowship. They say time flies but who would have thought that 70 days have gone already.

    The flood of supporting documents has started and we love seeing the innovative ways you have used video and social media to advertise your open calls.

    In June Miriam O’Keeffe Director of the Fund took to road and covered the length and breadth of the country answering your questions about this year’s fellowship. We were delighted that so many of you took the time to come and meet us and equally it was wonderful to meet some of the newer organisations who are thinking of applying.

    We know with these long sunny summer days your thoughts are probably focused on your holidays and not sending documentation, doing open calls and filling in our application forms. However, we cannot stress enough how much you need to get cracking on those applications. As a well know University exam crammer I know it might seem really attractive to think it can wait until August to send your documentation in and publicise your open calls. Top Tip… Don’t wait. We have found in previous years that the most successful applications...

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  3. The PAF Team are “On the Road”

    Wednesday 14 May 2014, 12:25

    Carrie Rooney Carrie Rooney Project Co-ordinator

    PAF Fellowship for Blog  

    June sees the BBC PAF team take to the road in a series of briefings about the 2014 Fellowship.

    We are traversing the country from Cardiff to Newcastle from Glasgow to Belfast hoping to meet you and bringing you an insight into this year’s grants scheme.

    We know that many of you have questions about the application process and this is your chance to hear the Fund’s Director Miriam O’Keeffe provide her insights into this year’s Fellowship.

    This year’s scheme is open to all genres in the performing arts including circus and puppetry. We know from our Inbox that many of you still have questions about whether your organisation can apply. We hope that these sessions along with the support given through our website will help with  any queries you may have.

    We welcome both individuals and organisations big and small to join us at our events. Tickets can be booked here and are strictly allocated on a first come first served basis.

    An email ticket must be presented on the door for access to any session.

    Don’t worry if you can’t attend in person.  Our handy Tips and FAQ’S resource can be accessed through the PAF Fellowship grant page. We also urge you to read our terms...

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  4. How we found our Fellow

    Thursday 1 May 2014, 08:00

    Genny Cotroneo Genny Cotroneo

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    Still getting get your head around how to find a possible PAF Fellow? We asked Ric Watts, Producer with Unlimited Theatre, to talk us through their selection process for last year's Theatre Fellowship.

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    "For Unlimited, the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship is a great opportunity to take a proactive approach to something we see as a real issue facing the contemporary theatre sector – a lack of experienced producers to support all of the brilliant artists making work at the moment.  As a company making new work that tours nationally and internationally, we’re well placed to give direct hands...

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  5. The 2014 BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Scheme

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 12:28

    Miriam O'Keeffe Miriam O'Keeffe

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    This year we are excited to announce a new version of the Fellowship scheme.  Over the past three years we have offered Fellowships in dance, music and theatre.  Now we are opening up the scheme so that organisations from across the world of the performing arts can apply to host an emerging talent for a year.

    We are looking for applications from organisations that can offer development opportunities, support and training from all genres of the performing arts.  From dance, music and theatre to opera, spoken word, circus and puppetry, we are interested in hearing from organisations across...

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  6. Meet the Winners: Lung Ha's Theatre Company

    Wednesday 12 March 2014, 14:51

    Genny Cotroneo Genny Cotroneo

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    Lung Ha's is an Edinburgh based theatre company that provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to become actively involved in the performing arts. They are currently rehearsing for a collaboration with National Museums Scotland and will be performing in the Ediburgh Festival Fringe in another co-production with Stellar Quines. Find out more about this busy theatre group...

    Lung Has Theatre Company group in action

    1. Who are Lung Ha's Theatre Company?
    Started in 1984, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company consists of a maximum of 25 performers with learning disabilities from across Edinburgh and the Lothians, who attend a weekly...

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  7. Emily DeDakis - Theatre Fellow & Dramaturg

    Tuesday 25 February 2014, 10:46

    Genny Cotroneo Genny Cotroneo

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    Emily DeDakis was born in the USA, completed an M.A. in English and a PhD in Creative Writing in Queen's University Belfast, and was awarded a BBC Performing Art Fund Fellowship to work and train full-time as a dramaturg with Accidental Theatre.

    Emily DeDakis sitting behind a desk casually

    Her first full production this year see's the work of debut playwright Donal O'Hagan in theatre venues across Northern Ireland. O'Hagan's The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave, which is a multimedia exploration of homecoming, brings brings candid insight to issues of family and identity in Northern Ireland. The play, which asks how far a person can...

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  8. Meet the Winners: Young & Talented Rep Company

    Wednesday 12 February 2014, 07:09

    Genny Cotroneo Genny Cotroneo

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    The Young & Talented Rep Company was created by Suzann McLean and David Fielding in collaboration with Oxford House to give young actors a chance to perform and to express themselves with realistic and honest material that is a true representation of what it is like to be a teenager in society today.

    We asked the group to answer some questions, so take a minute and get to know Young & Talented a little better…

    a group shot of some of the performers in the Y&T company

    Who are Young & Talented?
    The Y&T Rep Company is dedicated to providing outstanding opportunities for young people.
    The plays they create are a reflection on topical and current situations...

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  9. Meet the Winners: Rock It! Collective

    Thursday 19 December 2013, 08:53

    Genny Cotroneo Genny Cotroneo

    What do you get when you mix rock experts with rock enthusiasts? We're glad you asked...

    Throwing Vinyl

    1. Who are Rock It! Collective?

    Rock It! is a youth-led community organisation representing teenagers from Greater Manchester aged between 11 and 21 with a passion for music and the arts. Formed in Bolton in 2009 by young musicians, Rock It! has helped over 100 young people of all levels of ability create new music and pass on their skills to others.

    Rock It! also runs a comprehensive volunteering programme, providing Arts Awards accreditations through practical music industry training. We provide positive...

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  10. Meet the Winners: ReSound Community Choir

    Wednesday 18 December 2013, 08:17

    Genny Cotroneo Genny Cotroneo

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    ReSound Community Choir are a singing group based in Ormskirk in the North West of England. Their Community Music grant was put towards staging a war-time themed performance at their local Civic Hall with audience invited from homes for the elderly. Here’s a little more about what else the group get up to!

    ReSound Community Choir

    Who are the ReSound Community Choir?

    ReSound Community Choir are a group of singers in the North West of England, and were formed to provide an opportunity to meet and sing together. A registered charity, the choir is a broad mix of people, from professional musicians to people who just...

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