ASSEMBLY ROXY THEATRE AWARD
Applications for the 2020 ART Award are now open!
The ART Award returns to support Scottish new writing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with a new package of support and additional performance opportunities.
The winner of the award will receive a guaranteed slot - with no fixed venue fees or deposits – as part of our 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme. The winner will also have access to rehearsal space and to our team’s resources in the run-up to August. In total, this in-kind support and mentorship is valued at approximately £5,500.
Roxy New Writing Season (Spring 2020)
For the first time ever, Assembly will also be selecting up to four shortlisted productions, alongside the ART Award-winner to receive developmental support and performance opportunity during the Roxy’s Spring 2020 Season. All of the shows will receive a table-read afternoon in the Downstairs dressing room, workshop time in the Downstairs Theatre, a technical rehearsal day, and a 3 - 4 performance run as part of the Roxy’s New Writing Season in Roxy Downstairs between March – June 2020.
Previous ART Award shows have attracted press coverage and reviews from major publications across Scotland and the UK including The BBC, The Guardian, The List, The Scotsman, The Skinny and The Stage.
Assembly Festival sets the standard for theatre, comedy and entertainment on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in 2020 we celebrate our 40th year, following a record-breaking season in 2019. We have an international reputation for the quality of our artistic programme, presenting large scale productions and showcasing new talent across five locations in Edinburgh each August.
• Eligible applicants must be a Scotland-based independent theatre company or performance practitioner.
• Please provide a full current draft of an unperformed script or performance structure in the case of devised, physical or improvised work.
• The production must have a running time of no more than 60 minutes.
• The production must be available to commit to the full run of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020 (5 – 31 August 2020)
• Productions must be available to commit to a 3-4 day run at Roxy Downstairs in March – June 2020 (exact dates to be agreed).
• Please provide details of a confirmed creative team, proposed production budget and proposed marketing plan.
Content of the Award
• Confirmed programme slot in Roxy Downstairs as part of the 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Assembly Festival programme.
• No minimum venue fee or deposits for the Festival Fringe season, alleviating up-front risk.
• Three weeks in-kind rehearsal space in Roxy Downstairs.
• Fringe Society registration and Joint Venue Brochure entry paid for by Assembly Festival.
• Producing and technical support throughout the production period, including budgetary and fundraising advice.
• Dramaturgical support.
• Press support and guidance for devising a campaign for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including assistance with writing and issuing a press release.
• Marketing and advertising support for creating a campaign for Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
• In-kind foamex poster boards across selected Assembly sites.
• A technical operator for the season.
• Street team for the season.
• Advice and guidance on the future life of the work presented.
Total support valued at approximately £5,500.
Roxy Downstairs Venue Information
- Roxy Downstairs is an end-on theatre space with a raked auditorium of 60 seats.
- THE STAGE
- The performance area is 5m wide by 3m deep and is covered in black dance floor.
- The stage is raised 90mm above floor level.
- Black box, no wing space and no crossover.
- The underside of the grid is at 4.4m from the stage.
- There are no flying facilities.
- LIGHTING AND SOUND
- The lighting and sound control positions are located together at the rear left of the auditorium.
- it may be possible for one person to operate.
- DRESSING ROOM
- This is shared by all companies performing in the venue and is located to the rear of the venue separated from the theatre by a standard sized single door.
- There is no backstage storage area; any props will be stored in the dressing room and we recommend that all companies keep their scenery/props requirements to an absolute minimum.
- The venue is on the lower ground floor with access from the street by way of a staircase.
- All set items are required to pass easily through a standard door 97cm wide x 2m high.
For full venue specifications please click here.
Assembly Roxy New Writing Season (Spring 2020)
For the first time ever, Assembly will also be selecting up to four shortlisted applicants, alongside the ART Award-winner to receive developmental support and a short run during the Roxy’s Spring 2020 Season. All of the shows selected will receive a table-read afternoon in the Downstairs dressing room, workshop time in the Downstairs Theatre, a technical rehearsal day, and a 3 - 4 performance run as part of the Roxy’s New Writing Season in Roxy Downstairs between March – June 2020.
As part of the season Assembly Roxy will provide: -
• Participating artists will be featured on the Assembly Roxy website, email-outs and social media. Artists will be invited to participate in and help with Assembly Roxy promotion campaigns, sharing social media content, and helping with general publicity where they can.
• All productions are subject to a 70/30 split on the gross box office receipts, in favour of the artist, with a First-Call to the Roxy of £125 per performance. In each case the Roxy’s First Call is set against Assembly Roxy’s 30% box office share. All sums are exclusive of VAT.
• Assembly will provide an online and telephone box office for all performances. We deduct a 4% + VAT commission on ticket sales. An additional £0.90 booking fee per ticket sold is charged to the customer on top (which does not affect the company’s box office share as it’s an additional charge).
• We will provide dramaturgical support for each production.
• Producing and Marketing mentorships for each production presented.
• We encourage a collaborative process and will be actively encouraging participants in our season (both from the Invitational and Open Submissions Programme) to work together in a co-operative, collaborative and mutually-supportive way.
• Companies will have full access to the fixed rig and sound system. In some cases we can provide additional technical equipment via outside hires, but it should be noted that this will be at the company’s expense.
• Companies should expect to provide a technician for their production, as we do not have a permanent staff of technicians on site. Assembly Roxy can arrange a technician on behalf of visiting companies, and will recharge the cost of such technician to the company.
How to apply
A shortlist of applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in any event.
If you have any questions then please contact Luke Holbrook ([email protected]) to arrange a confidential discussion.