26 April 2013
Posted in Theatre
Theatre Centre invites applications to its two key prizes, the Brian Way Award for Best New Play and the Adrienne Benham Award.
Brian Way Award 2013
Deadline: 31 May 2013 at 12 noon
To promote and celebrate the achievements of playwrights who write for young audiences, Theatre Centre runs the Brian Way Award for the best new play for children and young people.
The prize money is intended to give the winner the time and space to develop a new play without the pressure of deadlines or a commissioning brief.
This year’s award is for a new play which was professionally produced between 1 October 2011 and 31 January 2013. The winner of the award will be expected to undertake an ambassadorial role for Theatre Centre.
Applications may come from the writer, the writer’s representative or the producing company.
Adrienne Benham Award 2013
Prize: £2,000 seed commission and attachment
Deadline: 7 June 2013 at 12 noon
Theatre Centre offers the Adrienne Benham Award, a £2,000 seed commission, to support the work of a promising playwright interested in exploring the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector to develop brilliant new plays for young people, but who has little experience in this field.
This award is intended to steer gifted writers towards young audiences by giving them a seed commission and attachment to Theatre Centre to develop an original idea for young audiences.
Applications may come from the writer or the writer’s representative. <>pFull details on both awards: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/events/awards/
23 April 2013
Posted in Film
Richard Bevan on a significant new independent force in British film
With public funding of British movies now mainly in the hands of the BFI, Creative England and regional screen outlets it is encouraging to see a new major independent player on the scene: Cascade Pictures. They are aiming to think big with cinematic features in a broad range of genres. Through its Cascade Media Development arm it intends to make films with medium-to-high-budget British movies for a broad range of different markets.
‘Cascade Writers’ Couch’ recently hosted an event at the 6th BFI Future Film Festival in association with the Met Film School. The event focused on the development process for producers and after a brief presentation, eight producers pitched their projects to a panel that included Cascade’s Sam Cheetham, actress Joanne Froggatt (Emmy-award winner for Downton Abbey), Chris Simon (founder and producer at Embargo Films), and Anthony Alleyne (Writer/director and tutor at the Met Film School).
I spoke with the company’s founders Cora Palfrey, Daniel Campos Pavoncelli and Development Consultant of Cascade’s Writers' Couch initiative Sam Cheetham about the organisation’s ambitions.
How did the organisation come about and what are its aims?
Daniel: Mark Fisher who was the Chief Financier of the Icon UK group set up the Cascade group last year. We manage a fund of £40m which we can invest to financially package films. We also have a money chest around £150,000 through Cascade Development to exclusively develop material, whether that’s to option books, scripts or partner up with producers who already have a script. In that instance we can come on board and help develop new drafts and polish up the project and then hopefully everything we develop will be financed by Cascade Pictures.