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Somerset Emergency Theatre - A commission for Somerset-based theatre makers at the beginning of their professional career

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Wassail and South Somerset District Council’s Arts Engagement team are collaborating on this commission for Somerset-based theatre makers at the beginning of their professional career. It is part of Somerset Emergency Theatre, a programme of activity designed to ensure artists and audiences in Somerset can survive lockdown.

This Community: what are we looking for?

We are looking for simple and achievable ideas that focus on using theatre in its broadest term to reach communities in the South Somerset district.

We want to make sure that people in South Somerset can continue to engage with cultural activity during these times.  We are very interested in supporting ideas that reach communities who can’t access culture online. 

Who’s it for?

We may prioritise applicants from South Somerset theatre-makers but we’d love to encourage submissions from across Somerset, North Somerset or Bath & North East Somerset.  Our priority is to support good ideas.  You might be a performer, director, designer, musician, producer, writer, stage manager or have another specialism but you will have an interest in theatre.  

You will be at the beginning of your career: you might have recently finished University or completed your further training.  You might have recently had your first job cancelled. You might have a few projects under your belt, but had future contracts cancelled.  Either way, you will have had around three years or less experience as a theatre professional.

Your proposal

Your proposal might be for real-world activity or delivered in another format.  

We’d like to propose a community in South Somerset that you want to engage with.  This might be a physical/geographical community (i.e. place) or a collection of people with common interests or characteristics. 

We aren’t looking for a fully finished polished production, but a practical idea that keeps the people of South Somerset culturally connected.  

Your idea might lend itself to further development down the line or other opportunities, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


Development and delivery

We aren’t expecting you to make something straight away.  We anticipate the process will be as important as the final product.  We will work with you to create an appropriate timescale for your ideas.

You will be supported through the life of your project by Wassail and SSDC’s Arts Engagement team.


Deadline and decisions

Deadline for applications is Friday 3 July.  We’ll let you know by Friday 10 July.



£500 per commission.  We can support up to five commissions through this call out, although we’re working with other partners to see if we can increase this.


How to apply

First, we’d also like to know something about you.  Not a CV as such, just a paragraph or two about who you are, what you’re interested in and where you hope your career might go.  

We’d also like a response to the following questions:

  1. Who/what/where is the community you would like to work with?  

  2. If you know them, how do you know them?  If you don’t know them, why do you want to work with them?  

  3. What could you make and how could you present it?

  4. How could you involve the community in the development of the work?

You can write something (max two sides of A4) or send us a video (max five minutes).

Please send your proposal to by 5pm on Friday 3 July.  If you’d like to talk through this commission or your ideas before you apply please let us know and we’ll arrange a chat.

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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