BARN is a three-year theatre initiative (2017-19) that supports Somerset’s emerging theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase new work in a predominantly rural context.
Why is BARN needed?
Historically, Somerset’s theatre infrastructure is both idiosyncratic and fragile. Real, grassroots issues have often hindered individuals and companies from remaining resilient, fed, connected and supported.
BARN is the first stage of a long-term development process, offering a programme of interventions that are needed now. We have rigorously tested our plans with theatre-makers and other professional colleagues across the county to ensure those needs are met.
What does BARN do?
BARN resources theatre-makers to take risks, build resilience and sustain your practice, artistically and financially. It does this by nurturing emerging work, providing support and safe places for ideas to incubate, grow and flourish. It should give you confidence to make choices about what your work looks like. This ownership, we hope, will help to drive sustainability.
How does BARN do this?
BARN features several activity strands that include:
- an Ideas Fund
- Research and Development residencies
- Work in Progress events
- Showcase platforms
- Annual BARNFest
- Access and business support
- Progression and signposting to other opportunities
BARN Ideas Fund
NOW CLOSED - As of 12th June 2019 the Ideas Fund is fully subscribed.
The Ideas Fund has supported a fantastic array of new ideas, many of which will be showcased and discussed at our annual BARNfest Theatre Festival.
Please also bear in mind that the Ideas Fund is only one, relatively small, activity strand among several others: refer to the current BARN Handbook for more info, particularly the FAQs on page 10.
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