This year the North Wall is running two summer residency projects for young performers and theatre artists for three weeks during the summer holidays. We are holding auditions for actors, singers, dancers and musicians, and interviewing aspiring designers and technicians.
Held from Tuesday 29 March - Friday 9 April 2016, the second TheatreCraft Easter project brought together six emerging writers aged 18-25, three directors and and ensemble of actors in a residency that puts playwriting centre stage.
The summer residency in 2015 took place from Monday 20th July - Saturday 8th August. This year, an ensemble of young actors, musicians, designers and technicians worked with multi-award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum – an international ensemble committed to developing new and original theatre for multi-cultural audiences - to create a new piece of theatre based on a Norwegian classic text.
From Monday 23rd March – Saturday 4th April 2015, The North Wall held their first residency specifically for young writers and directors aged 18-25. The TheatreCraft Easter project brought these two vital roles centre stage, offering the participants a team of professional actors and highly experienced mentors to work with in a safe and supportive space.
In 2014, the summer residency ran from Monday 21st July – Saturday 9th August 2014. 26 young people took part: 19 actors, one musician, two technicians, two designers and two writers. This year the project was led by John Hoggarth and Ria Parry (directors of the Fringe-first winning Iron Shoes - currently associate company at The Bush Theatre).
The summer residency in 2013 ran from Monday 22nd July – Saturday 10th August. This year, in accordance with themes being explored as part of the long-term collaboration process between the North Wall and Awake Projects, the young company focused on a physical and textual exploration of riot and recession, with the main presentation consisting of a work-in-progress sharing of Tom Wainwright’s new play Altogether Now.
The Summer Residency 2012 ran from 31st July – 19th August. For the first time, The North Wall had two projects running alongside each other simultaneously – Dead On Her Feet, our first foray into producing, and Crash, in which twelve actors and two young writers worked alongside three established theatre practitioners (Royal Court young writer Tom Wainwright, North Wall Artistic Director Lucy Maycock and Christoper Sivertsen, Artistic Director of Awake Project) to produce a response to Dead On Her Feet.
In August 2011, The North Wall hosted a three week residency for fifteen talented young actors, designers and technicians, aged between 17 and 24, who won a place on the project after a series of national auditions. The ensemble were led by all six members of the Awake Team, headed up by Christopher Sivertsen, artistic director and founder of Awake Project, working in collaboration with Lucy Maycock, the Artistic Director of The North Wall and dramaturge on the project.
In April 2011, fifteen young dancers aged between 16-25 were selected from national auditions to participate in Dance at the Wall, a project that offered dancers the opportunity to expand on their formal training by experiencing the process of creating, rehearsing and performing new work, under the tutelage of industry professionals.
In October 2010, The North Wall joined forces with the prestigious Actors’ Touring Company to deliver a week-long outreach project to fourteen talented young actors, designers and technicians from Oxfordshire.
The North Wall’s second annual Summer School ran from July 30th to August 20th. Directed by Lucy Maycock and Dan Danson, former Artistic Director at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol. They were supported by a professional team of designers and technicians, and the company consisted of twenty 16-21 year olds, drawn from all parts of the country and abroad following extensive auditions in Oxford and London.
The first North Wall Summer School ran from August 1 – 22, 2007, and was generously sponsored by the Garfield Weston Foundation. It was directed by Edward Kemp, Artistic Director of RADA, and Lucy Maycock, assisted by a professional staff of theatre technicians and designers. The auditions were advertised nationally in secondary schools, and as a result a company of 17 was formed, drawn from all parts of the UK.