Friday, 28 August 2015

Call for Pitches: 2016 Seed Commissions

Theatre Company Rifco, are offering up to 5 seed commissions to British Asian artists both emerging and mid career to support them to create a piece of work. We welcome proposals for ideas across a variety platforms: theatre, dance, spoken word/poetry, music and stand-up.

Deadline for submissions: 5pm on Friday 18th September 2015 

We are looking for ideas that celebrate/represent British Asian culture. Successful applicants will be commissioned to create a 15-minute piece, which will be presented at a sharing at our home at Watford Palace Theatre in January 2016.

This seed fund is to support established artists to create a new piece of work i.e. second play. We would prefer artists to have had some experience in their chosen art form.

What’s on offer:
£500 seed commission fee and up to £200 expenses
Producer advice/creative feedback during development and realisation
Production and marketing support to present the 15-minute scratch performance in the Studio at Watford Palace Theatre
Up to 3 actors/actresses to rehearse with and perform
Support and advocacy in exploring the life of the project and you as an artist beyond the initial commission.

Who are Rifco Associates:
Rifco has made a commitment to developing and nurturing emerging and mid career British Asian and South Asian Artists to celebrate the diversity in British voices and contemporary fusion of cultures. To support Rifco’s advocacy of this mission within the Arts it is establishing a network of Associates across the UK who have worked with the company evolving their own art form through commissions, workshops and mentoring. 

Key dates:
18 Sept 2015 - Submission Deadline
28 Sept 2015 - Successful applicants selected
w/c 18 January 2016 - Rehearsal (one day per artist)
22 Jan 2016 - Sharing  

How to apply:
Write us a proposal to tell us what you would like to present (one-side A4 max). Including:

- Name, Address and Telephone number
- information about you and your artistic practice
- project title
- what you want to do and how you plan on presenting it in a 15-minute scratch sharing (max 3 performers)
- what you imagine the development and production process will involve and need
- what interests you about engaging with Rifco
- links to websites and other information about you and your work
- download and complete the equal opportunities monitoring form.

Email your completed application to with the subject line: [Your Name] Seed Commission Proposal. Make sure the proposal and any attachments are all in the same ONE email.

About Rifco:

Rifco are an award winning Theatre Company that develops and creates vibrant, accessible and high quality theatre which reflects and celebrates the contemporary British Asian experience.

For over a decade, Rifco have been pushing the boundaries and introducing a new kind of audience to the world of theatre and new work which reflects and celebrates the contemporary multicultural world we live in. Developing and creating vibrant, accessible and high quality theatre to encourage and engage new and diverse audiences.

Our success lies in knowing what our audience wants. We constantly strive to produce great and watchable art that educates without preaching. We want our audience to deal with current topics and at times taboo subjects whilst being able to laugh at the world we live in.

We focus on artistic excellence, new writing and ambitious programming. We believe in artist development; working with new writers, nurturing young artists and creating new and exciting work, involving the community every step of the way.

Rifco is an Arts Council of England National Portfolio organisation.

For further information or to discuss the commission contact / 01923 810 305.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Sukh Ojla: Gravesend Project

In the last year Rifco have successfully toured two productions to The Woodville, Gravesend - Happy Birthday Sunita and The Deranged Marriage.

Rifco, working in partnership with The Woodville recognise the appetite from the local community for British Asian work and engagement with their local arts space. The ambition of this project for both companies is to engage with the local community and nurture talent to inspire and create the next generation of theatre maker.

Rifco Associate Sukh Ojla, who is a Gravesend resident will be working on the project to develop a new script. 

Members of the local community will be invited to attend research workshops in October to share their ideas, experiences and stories. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Sukh and talk about the issues that they would like to explore; the things that are current in their households, their community.

Sukh will be supported by Rifco's Artistic Director, a Dramaturg and a workshop facilitator to aid the development of the script.

At the end of the workshop series, Sukh will have the opportunity to go away and pull some of the stories together into a narrative. The narrative will be performed in an informal sharing in December at The Woodville.

Developed by: Rifco & The Woodville

Seeded by: Greenhouse