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Calling young imaginations! Do you like writing stories?

Tue 8 Nov

We are excited to launch ‘The Beast from the East’ Short Story Writing Competition to celebrate our 2016 Christmas show Beauty and the Beast.

We are looking for budding writers aged under 13 to pen a short story entitled “The Beast from the East”. Winning entries will be performed by actors from NIE with a video made and shared online as well as earning the writer tickets to see a family show at Cambridge Junction.

We are accepting entries in the following categories:

  • under 8 years of age: 250 words
  • 8 – 13 years of age: 500 words

The competition is open now. The deadline for entries 5pm Thursday 1st December.

FIRST PRIZE: Have your story recorded by the cast of Beauty and the Beast and receive 4 tickets to a family show at Cambridge Junction

RUNNER UP PRIZE: 4 tickets to a family show at Cambridge Junction.

For full details of how to enter CLICK HERE

Artist Residencies

Thu 13 Oct

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Spring 2017 Artist Residencies - Callout & Application Guidelines

Residencies are offered as part of Cambridge Junction’s artist development scheme Troop (alongside our curated residency programme) for artists and companies living and working in Cambridge and the East of England

The deadline for applications in this round is 9am on Wednesday 9th November

About Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Junction is the arts centre in Cambridge where art meets life. At Cambridge Junction audiences and artists experience and explore contemporary performance, popular culture, creative learning and the rich territories in between. We are committed to art and entertainment that is up-and-coming, youthful and cutting edge. We seek to be relevant and meaningful to the lives of audiences, and informed by our location.

Cambridge Junction’s programme is made up of three inter-related areas of activity:

•    Arts development and presentation
•    Popular culture, with a focus on music, comedy and clubs
•    Creative learning and skills development in the arts, using the organisation as site for learning and with a commitment to supporting young people

What can a residency offer?
Cambridge Junction invites applications from artists and producers from any performance discipline (theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, spoken word, live art, physical theatre, etc) who would benefit from spending some time ‘in residence’ at the Cambridge Junction between January and April 2017 developing new work.

We can offer:
•    Space in our studio J3 or other spaces (details below)
•    Desk space to write  / research / organise
•    Creative feedback & practical advice from the programming team
•    Assistance in writing a Grants for the Arts application and finding match funding towards your project
•    Signposting & introductions to partner organisations in the East / South East and beyond
•    Technical advice and support
•    Informal showings of work in progress

Our spaces:
•    Most residencies take place in our studio J3
•    J1 (our main gig space) and J2 (200 seat theatre) can be used by special arrangement and subject to availability
•    There is also a first floor room off the upstairs bar which can be used as a small studio for private daytime rehearsals or workshops

Details of spaces including dimensions, specifications etc. can be found here

Who can apply?
•    Artists & producers whose practice sits within the contemporary performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, spoken word, live art, physical theatre, etc) and who have some track record of producing and showing work in a professional context.
•    You must be a member of Troop which means you must live or work in Cambridge or the East of England and have completed the Troop application process (including paying the subscription fee).
 
It is useful (but not essential) to secure additional support before applying. If you have established contacts in organisations and companies in the East or South East (or elsewhere), see if they are interested in providing some support in-kind such as mentoring, studio space, cash or advice. Details of these discussions can be included in the initial application.

Applying for Funding
For some successful applicants, depending on the level of development of your project and other support you have in place, it might be appropriate to apply for funding from Grants for the Arts to support your residency. However, you should note that this is subject to a competitive application process and is not guaranteed to succeed (and there are exemptions such as full-time students – check the guidance for details). Applications for £15K and under take six weeks to reach decision, so you should build this into your timescale as well as the time to write the application. The support we offer as part of the residency counts as support inkind towards the match funding needed to make a successful G4A application. We can offer help with submitting an application as part of your support package, and may in certain cases offer some cash match funding.

How to Apply for a Residency
Send an email with the following information:
•    Your name, email address and mobile number
•    Company name (if applicable)
•    Summary of your artistic background, work and achievements to date (150 words)
•    Details of your proposed residency: What will you be working on? What do you want to achieve? Who will you be working with? Who is the intended eventual audience? (250 words)
•    What support do you need? Space, time, feedback, etc.
•    Up to 3 periods of time you are available to undertake a residency (Jan-April 2017).
•    Supporting material: Links to video material (if the work is longer than 5 minutes please indicate which 5 minutes we should watch), photographs, reviews, scripts etc. as appropriate to illustrate your work to date
•    Please write ‘Residency Application + your name’ in the subject box

Completed applications should be sent to catherine.willmore@junction.co.uk
Application Deadline: Wednesday 9th November 2016 (9am)

Application assessment
Initial assessment of applications will be made based on the following criteria in order to ensure all selected artists, companies and producers achieve a quality threshold:
•    Track record to date
•    Potential and need for development
•    Originality of idea
•    Realism of initial proposal
•    Potential ‘fit’ with Cambridge Junction’s programme should we choose to develop the work in the longer term

Further information
Any questions please contact Catherine Willmore, Artist Development Producer (works Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Views from the ‘Bridge -Autumn 2016 - CALL OUT

Thu 8 Sep

Views from the ‘Bridge
Cambridge Junction’s showcase of new work by Cambridgeshire-based performance makers
Tuesday 1st November at 7.30pm, J2

Callout & Application Guidelines

Overview
Each season, we present an eclectic evening of new works and extracts, developing and in-progress works made by Cambridge & East region performance makers. Participants are selected via written application (details below) and invitation.

This is a great chance to put something you’re developing in front of an audience, see how it goes down and to get some feedback. For audiences it’s a chance to provide feedback to an emerging artist or maybe spot the next up and coming local company. All participating artists or companies get a written feedback report from the Cambridge Junction producing team with suggestions for future development of the work.

Works that have been previewed in VFTB in previous seasons and have gone on to further success include Rowan James’ Easy For You To Say, (Spring 2014 VFTB) which went on to be commissioned by Cambridge Junction with full show appearing in WATCH OUT festival and the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Rachel Mariner’s Bill Clinton Hercules (Spring 2014) which went on to run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, and played at Cambridge Junction in May 2016 prior to a London run at the Park Theatre, ThisEgg’s Goggles (Autumn 2015) which was performed in Troopfest 2016 and ran at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, and Juliette Burton’s Decision Time (Spring 2016) which toured the UK, played at Troopfest 2016 and ran at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.

What we are looking for:

  • Extracts of original contemporary works in any performing artform – theatre, dance, live art, circus, spoken word, cabaret for example.
  • Very short (max 10 minutes) pieces or extracts on their first outing – works we’ve not seen or helped develop before.
  • Longer (max 20 minutes) pieces or extracts where we have provided residency support, and / or given feedback which has been applied to the next stage of development, including works shown in Troopfest (First Manoeuvres) and previous VFTB.

New Writing Policy
New writing is not a priority for Cambridge Junction’s programme, but we can and do consider it, including script in hand readings, for VFTB. Cambridge Junction’s resident company Menagerie offer more indepth development opportunities for new writing, including the annual Hotbed Festival. http://www.menagerie.uk.com/ and we invite them to VFTB.
 
Technical Info
Most of the performances will be in our theatre space J2 although it may be possible, by prior discussion, to show work elsewhere in the building.
Each company will have a short tech slot (c. 30 – 60 minutes depending on length of piece and technical requirements) including a run-through in J2. Technical requirements should therefore be kept to a minimum. If in doubt talk to us before applying.

Financial Info
Short works will receive £50 towards expenses, on condition that you sell at least 5 seats
Longer works receive £100 towards expenses, on condition that you sell at least 10 seats

How to Apply

Send us an email with the answers to these questions
(NB. You must be a Troop member to participate)

  • Your name & contact details
  • Name of your company (if applicable)
  • A biography detailing your background, artistic ethos and achievements to date (150 words max)
  • The title & length of the work you’re proposing to show
  • A brief description of the work including the artistic aims & idea, genre, number of performers, proposed audience, how far into the creative process it is, and how much material you wish to present (150 words max)
  • If it’s a longer work, where it’s been shown before, what the feedback was, and how it’s developed since then

Please supply web links, videos or photos if you have them – either of this work or previous work. We can generally only watch a few minutes of work on video, so please suggest which section/s best illustrate the work.
Questions & completed applications to: Catherine Willmore, Artist Development Producer, catherine.willmore@junction.co.uk

Deadline for completed applications is 10am on Wednesday 28th September and we aim to let you know by the end of the week if you have been selected.

Views from the ‘Bridge - Spring 2016 - CALL OUT

Thu 28 Jan

 

Views From The ‘Bridge is Cambridge Junction’s showcase of new work by Cambridgeshire-based performance makers, selected via written application and invitation.

Each season, we present an eclectic evening of new extracts, developing and in-progress shows of between 5 and 20 minutes each.  For artists it’s a great chance to put something you’re working on in front of an audience, see how it goes down and to get some feedback. For audiences it’s a chance to provide feedback to an emerging artist or maybe spot the next up and coming local company.

As always, Cambridge Junction’s artistic team are on the look-out for new projects to benefit from development support and Views From The ‘Bridge is a great opportunity to get your work seen.
Success stories so far include Rowan James’ Easy For You To Say, first seen in Views From The ‘Bridge in Spring 2014, supported and commissioned by Cambridge Junction with full show appearing in WATCH OUT festival and the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, and Rachel Mariner’s Bill Clinton Hercules (also in Spring 2014) which went on to run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and returns to Cambridge Junction in May 2016 prior to a London run at the Park Theatre.

Spring 2016 Views from the ‘Bridge is on Monday 4th April.
We are looking for a handful of short pieces or extracts of longer works. Most of the performances will be in our theatre space J2 although it may be possible, by prior discussion, to show work elsewhere in the building.

Technical Info
Each company will have around 1 hour of tech time including a run-through in J2. Technical requirements should therefore be kept to a minimum. If in doubt talk to us before applying.

How to Apply
Send us an email with the answers to these questions
(NB. You must be a Troop member to participate)

  • Your name & contact details
  • Name of your company (if applicable)
  • A biography detailing your background, artistic ethos and achievements to date (150 words max)
  • The title of the work you’re proposing to show
  • A brief description of the work including the artistic aims & idea, genre, number of performers, proposed audience, how far into the creative process it is, and how much material you wish to present (150 words max)

Please supply web links, videos or photos if you have them – either of this work or previous work.

Questions & completed applications to: Daniel Pitt, Arts Producer, daniel.pitt@junction.co.uk

Deadline for completed applications is 9am on Monday 22nd February

New Theatre & Dance season announced!

Fri 8 Jan

Book early and save 30%

A word from Cambridge Junction's Arts Producer, Daniel Pitt

New year, new arts programme! As always I’ve gathered a selection of the best contemporary performance from the region, the country, and beyond covering theatre, dance, circus, live art and cabaret. This season's shows deal with everything from literature to Tourettes, immigration to hair extensions, and physics to feminism.

The international highlights this Spring are Nick Steur’s mesmerising A Piece of Time, over from the Netherlands for a UK exclusive, and intensely physical circus with brains from New Mexico’s The Ricochet Project in Smoke and Mirrors. A whole range of styles from artists raising questions about the world we’re living in.

We know things are often tight in January, and we know that lots of people only come to a couple of shows in the season, but we’d love to see you here, so we’ve got a special early-bird offer. Book for three shows in the season before the end of January and save 30%! Why not take a risk on that third show? If you’re after a personal tip, Tweet me something about you to @daniel_pitt and I’ll let you know what I’d recommend you came to!

Go on, it’s better than Netflix.

Daniel Pitt

Arts Producer, Cambridge Junction

EARLY BIRD OFFER

book early and save 30%!

Buy tickets for 3 different theatre or dance shows in the season and save 30% (excluding booking fees).*

Use code EARLYBIRD16 at the online checkout, over the phone or at our Box Office counter until midnight on 31st January.

Offer is valid on selected theatre and dance shows listed in the season brochure* from 01 February – 31 May 2016. Offer expires midnight 31 January 2016. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

*Offer excludes Hammer and Tongue events and Wave.

 

VIEW THE SEASON ONLINE HERE

DOWNLOAD THE SEASON BROCHURE HERE