Comedy Troll (Summer 2017)

Applications for this project are now closed

For performers, writers, designers, musicians and technicians aged 18-25

The North Wall is seeking young theatre artists for our annual residential ArtsLab project in Oxford this summer. Through a national audition and interview process, we will be seeking to create a talented young acting ensemble, with a few associated places for young writers, designers, musicians and technicians.

So – if you have a passion for theatre, and a genuine commitment to a career in the arts, come and join our highly experienced team for 3 weeks of creative exploration towards the making and sharing of a new piece of theatre.

The residency runs from Monday 24 July – Saturday 12 August 2017 and is completely free of charge, including accommodation and all meals.

The Project

“Tragedy starts well and ends badly. Comedy begins badly, yet ends well.”

This year’s project will be inspired by a different kind of social responsibility – in a world with very little to laugh about we also have a duty to tell stories that are not always doomed to failure and tragedy – stories infused with a sense of the absurd and the hilarious.

Participants will work alongside a team of professionals led by John Hoggarth, interim Artistic Director of the North Wall, and joint Artistic Director of Iron Shoes to work towards making a new piece of theatre inspired by a sense of hope, ambition, optimism and fun.

Working with different techniques encompassing physical, visual, verbal and situational comedy, the work will be physical, intensive, challenging and exciting – demanding high energy levels and absolute commitment. You will be treated as professionals, and expectations will be high. The project will culminate in a public sharing at the end of the residency.

Find out more about past ArtsLab projects

The artists that I had the chance to work with are of a particularly rare breed. Each is supportive, passionate, deeply intelligent and unpretentious. … The North Wall is space for risk-free, unrestrained, wild creation… I will continue to recommend their Arts Lab programmes to every emerging creative I meet.

Tom Brennan, ArtsLab Young Writer, 2015-17

Successful applicants were informed by end of May 2017

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