Call-out for Artist-Writers interested in working with Total Theatre Magazine (UK-wide)

Are you an artist curious about developing your writing skills? Would you like to develop a more robust critical response tool kit for contemporary work? Are you interested in exploring writing about theatre making, past and present? Do you want to think more systematically about how we write about theatre and performance?

As part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project Total Theatre Archive: Preserving 30 Years of UK Performance History, the Total Theatre Magazine editorial team are offering a series of free workshops and one-to-one mentoring for a new cohort of contemporary theatre/performance artists interested in exploring writing about their own alternative artistic practices, and placing them in the context of the Total Theatre Magazine Print Archive.

Total Theatre Magazine champions artist-led critical writing, putting the practitioner at the heart of discourse surrounding their own work and the work of their peers. For the past thirty years the magazine, first in print and now online, has played a critical role in promoting and championing alternative theatre practice in the UK, celebrating and supporting physical and visual theatre, circus, street arts, puppetry, performance & live art, queer arts, interactive work, and more. The current site can be viewed at A new website is in development to house the digitised print archive, together with new writing generated by this project.

Workshops in critical response and writing skills plus a one-to-one writing development plan will be put together in bespoke packages to support the artists involved over the period October 2019 – January 2019. The project will result in the writing and publication of an extended essay/article on their own practice in relation to the Archive and, we hope, new conversations about writing on contemporary theatre in the UK.

Please note this is a voluntary participatory project, offering free training and mentoring. No prior writing experience is necessary, simply a committed interest in exploring your own and other’s practice through this lens.

To apply, please send a short outline of your artistic background, where you’re based, and why you’d like to take part, to by 12 October 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted by 19 October 2018.

This project is funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is supported by Attenborough Centre of Creative Arts at University of Sussex, The Keep National Archive Centre, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, and Royal Conservatoire Scotland. Heritage Lottery Fund #HLFSupported@HeritageLottery




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Dorothy Max Prior

About Dorothy Max Prior

Dorothy Max Prior is the editor of Total Theatre Magazine, and is also a performer, writer, dramaturg and choreographer/director working in theatre, dance, installation and outdoor arts. Much of her work is sited in public spaces or in venues other than regular theatres. She also writes essays and stories, some of which are published and some of which languish in bottom drawers – and she teaches drama, dance and creative non-fiction writing.