One Day to Play : Just Start Here


One Day to Play

One Day to Play is a paid opportunity for six artists to experiment across art-forms and to generate a brand new idea.

Six artists will be selected from across different art forms (spoken word, dance, theatre, visual art, music) and will be matched into pairs, invited to share their practices and approaches to making work. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from spoken word and dance artists. Facilitated and guided by Jenny Lindsay (of Flint & Pitch/ formerly Rally & Broad) over the course of one day the artists will work towards presenting ten minutes of a brand new idea as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here Festival.

The opportunity has been designed in recognition of, and in response to, the strength of Aberdeen’s dance, spoken word, music and visual art scenes. We hope to seed cross-fertilisation of these different forms and sectors, bringing artists together and encourage artists to think about theatre and performance as a form that gives space for multiple art-forms to come together.

How it works

On the 6th March, the six artists will be brought together for an intro session led by Jenny Lindsay. They’ll be matched up, introduced and Jenny will lead a discussion around different approaches and techniques in working across art-forms. The artists will then be given some ‘conversation guidelines’ and sent off to get to know each other.

At lunch time, the pairs will be given a provocation or question to get them started. Using the provocation they’ll spend the rest of the day together planning a brand new idea for a piece of performance or theatre – with access to rehearsal space at the Anatomy Rooms and some materials as required. Then on the 8th March, they’ll reconvene, and that evening will present their idea as part of Just Start Here.

Selected artists will be paid a fee of £153.98 for their involvement, calculated at National Theatre of Scotland’s development rate. Other expenses may be covered or reimbursed as agreed.

Artists based in Aberdeen will be prioritised for this opportunity.

How to get involved

There is a short application process to apply for One Day to Play. Applications close on Monday 11 February and artists will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the day on Friday 15 February. One Day to Play is open to all artists and there is no experience level requirement.  Criteria for selection will be based on:

  • How excited the panel are by the artists’ articulation of their practice
  • Who is most likely to benefit from the opportunity

View questions before you start the process here.

in partnership with Citymoves and Speakin' Weird