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Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award
08 April 13 - 18 May 13
Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award
New Award Announced for Emerging Theatre Directors
We are very pleased to announce a new award for emerging theatre directors, providing those with a passion for new work a significant platform to develop it.

The Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award is the only scheme of its kind in the north that celebrates the unique collaboration between a writer and director.

It offers a theatre maker of outstanding promise the chance to direct a new piece of work – by a writer of their choice – in a production fully supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in 2014.

Actor Christopher Eccleston and award-winning playwright Rona Munro will be joined by Bush Theatre Artistic Director, Madani Younis and Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Sarah Frankcom on the judging panel. Also on the panel will be Sue Hodgkiss CBE, local business woman and philanthropist, whose support has made this inaugural award possible.

Royal Exchange Theatre Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom said: “The creation of new work and the collaboration between the director and writer is at the heart of the theatre-making process. The Royal Exchange Theatre is excited by the potential of this award to introduce new voices, explore new ways of making work collaboratively and engage with the modern world.”

Judging panel member Madani Younis said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be one of the judges for the inaugural Royal Exchange Hodgkiss Emerging Directors Award. This award offers a unique opportunity for theatre-makers to be bold and imaginative, and potentially to work with the Royal Exchange Theatre and I am looking forward to joining my fellow judges in discovering and supporting new theatre-makers.”

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Meet the Judges...
Meet the Judges...
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The inaugural Judging panel for the Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award includes:

       

(L-R) Christopher Eccleston, Sarah Frankcom, Sue Hodgkiss, Rona Munro and Madani Younis

CHRISTOPER ECCLESTON trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include ANTIGONE, ABINGDON SQUARE, BENT (National Theatre), MISS JULIE (West End), A DOLL’S HOUSE, ELECTRICITY, HAMLET, WAITING AT THE WATER’S EDGE, AIDE-MEMOIRE, DONA ROSITA THE SPINSTER, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE WONDER and WOYZECK. TV credits include THE BORROWERS, THE SHADOWLINE, ACCUSED, LENNON NAKED, DOCTOR WHO, THE SECOND COMING, FLESH AND BLOOD, SUNDAY, OTHELLO, HILLSBOROUGH, OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH, HEARTS AND MINDS and CRACKER. Film credits include SONG FOR MARION, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, THE OTHERS, SHALLOW GRAVE, LET HIM HAVE IT and 28 DAYS LATER.

SARAH FRANKCOM is an Artistic Director at Royal Exchange Theatre. After working as a drama teacher in the East End, Sarah started working with new writers and in drama schools. She spent time at the National Theatre studio, Oval House, The Red Room, and taught at The Poor School. Originally joining the Royal Exchange as Literary Manager, her recent productions have included: ORPHEUS DESCENDING, MISS JULIE (a new version by David Eldridge), BEAUTIFUL THING, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, WINTERLONG (by Andrew Sheridan - Bruntwood Prize winner), PUNK ROCK (by Simon Stephens - MEN Award for Best Production), BLITHE SPIRIT, THREE SISTERS, ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD (by Simon Stephens - Olivier Award for Best Play) and KES. Her work has also been seen at the National Theatre, Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Soho Theatre and the Crucible.

SUE HODGKISS CBE is chair and managing director of William Hare Limited, a family owned and led specialised steelwork engineering and fabrication business. The company is based in Bury, Greater Manchester and operates on a global basis with manufacturing facilities in the UK and UAE, an engineering support centre in India and a portfolio of current and completed projects in all the developed and emerging global economies. Sue is a passionate supporter of both the local community and the performing arts in the North West.  She supports local charities focussing on the homeless and the disabled community. Her work in the performing arts covers patronage of a number of major artistic entities including the Royal Exchange Theatre, Chetham’s School of Music and Bolton Octagon Theatre. Sue’s contributions to industry and the community have been recognised by her appointment as Deputy Lieutenant in 1999, High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 2003 and honoured with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2009.

RONA MUNRO has recent theatre writing credits which include DONNY’S BRAIN (Hampstead Downstairs), THE ASTRONAUT’S CHAIR (for the Drum Theatre Plymouth), PANDAS (for the Traverse Theatre), LITTLE EAGLES (for the Royal Shakespeare Company), a contemporary adaptation of THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA for the National Theatre of Scotland), THE LAST WITCH (for the Edinburgh International Festival), LONG TIME DEAD (co-production with Paines Plough and the Drum Theatre Plymouth) IRON (for the Traverse Theatre -winner of the John Whiting award), and MARY BARTON (for the Royal Exchange Theatre). Television work includes the BAFTA nominated BUMPING THE ODDS and REHAB (both for the BBC). Film work includes LADYBIRD LADYBIRD directed by Ken Loach and ORANGES AND SUNSHINE directed by Jim Loach. Radio work includes multiple episodes of THE STANLEY BAXTER PLAYHOUSE. She is the writing half of Scotland’s award winning women’s theatre company THE MISFITS.

MADANI YOUNIS was the Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire. His most recent work for the company was the site-specific work, THE MILL – CITY OF DREAMS. He has also worked nationally and internationally as theatre director, writer and practitioner. For the past two years Freedom Studios has collaborated with the Bush Theatre through workshops, the Bush’s innovative on-line facility for writers, culminating in Freedom’s two week residency in 2010 at the theatre. Appointed in 2002 as the Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Asian Theatre School, Madani staged seven productions for the company - STREETS OF RAGE, SILENT CRY, FREEWORLD (an international collaboration with the Studio Theatre Damascus, Syria), CARAVAN (West Yorkshire Playhouse), FREEFALLING (Red Ladder Theatre Company, national tour), A WAITING ROOM FOR JOURNEYING SOULS (Peepul Centre, Leicester) and DOORS (Red Ladder Theatre Company, national tour). He originally trained in film, and his debut short film ELLABELLAPUMPANELLA, commissioned by the UK Film Council, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. He was the recipient of the Decibel Award at the South Bank Awards show in 2006.


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Interview with Writer Rory Mullarkey and Director Michael Longhurst
Interview with Writer Rory Mullarkey and Director Michael Longhurst
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Online Forum Discussion with Sarah Frankcom
Online Forum Discussion with Sarah Frankcom
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Wednesday 17 April: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Online Forum Discussion with Sarah Frankcom - via IdeasTap


Sarah Frankcom is co-Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre and a judge with the Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award.

This forum is for you if you're interested in finding out more about the Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award and the work we do. Please click here to post your question or login from 12.30pm for live responses.

(Please note, in order to post questions you need to be a member of IdeasTap, which is free to join here)


IdeasTap is an arts charity set up to help young, creative people at the start of their careers through funding, jobs, career development, advice or creative collaborators.


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Practical Workshop with Director Lyndsey Turner
Practical Workshop with Director Lyndsey Turner
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Saturday 27 April: 11.00am - 3.00pm

Workshop with Director Lyndsey Turner in the Front Room, Royal Exchange Theatre (located above the Round Restuarant)

This workshop is FREE but you need to be a member of IdeasTap (free to join here) in order to book a ticket.

This practical workshop is for a maximum of 30 people to explore the relationship between the director, playwright and text in conjuction with the Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award.

IdeasTap is an arts charity set up to help young, creative people at the start of their careers through funding, jobs, career development, advice or creative collaborators.



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Online Forum Discussion with Playwright Alistair McDowall
Online Forum Discussion with Playwright Alistair McDowall
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Monday 29 April: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Online Forum Discussion with Alistair McDowall - via IdeasTap


Alistair McDowall won a Judges Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for BRILLIANT ADVENTURES - a world premiere and co-production with Live Theatre, Newcastle.

This forum is for you if you're interested in BRILLIANT ADVENTURES, the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting or just writing in general. Please click here to post your question or login from 12.30pm for live responses.

(Please note, in order to post questions you need to be a member of IdeasTap, which is free to join here)

IdeasTap is an arts charity set up to help young, creative people at the start of their careers through funding, jobs, career development, advice or creative collaborators.


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Practical Workshop with Director Blanche McIntyre
Practical Workshop with Director Blanche McIntyre
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Saturday 11 May: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Workshop with Director Blanche McIntyre
 in the Front Room, Royal Exchange Theatre (located above the Round Restuarant)

This workshop is FREE but you need to be a member of IdeasTap (free to join here) in order to book a ticket.

This practical workshop is for a maximum of 40 people to explore the process of a director working on a new text, with particular reference to Blanche's work on LIAR LIAR by E V Crowe (Unicorn Theatre) and FOXFINDER by Dawn King (Finborough Theatre). The workshop is in conjuction with the Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award.

IdeasTap is an arts charity set up to help young, creative people at the start of their careers through funding, jobs, career development, advice or creative collaborators.


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Direct North UK - a brand new network for emerging theatre directors
Direct North UK - a brand new network for emerging theatre directors
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Direct North is a brand new network for emerging theatre directors in the North West of England, supported by the Royal Exchange, Bolton Octagon, and Library Theatres. 
 
Launching April 2013 at the Royal Exchange, Direct North believe that connecting people generates support and opportunity. Together, we aim to coordinate peer led workshops, master classes and events in the North West to empower another generation of directors to try new things, meet new people, and learn from experienced theatre makers in the North through out the year.
 
Direct North was set up by a small group of young directors and producers, with advice from local theatres, as a response to a discussion had at the start of 2013 at the Talking Shop at the Lowry Theatre, about the need for a network for young and emerging theatre directors in the North West.

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THE APPLICATION PROCESS


Cover Letter

Application Form

Please read the cover letter first before completing the application form.

Please send all completed application forms to 
emergingdirectorsaward@royalexchange.co.uk.

The deadline is Saturday 18 May 2013.


Five candidates will be shortlisted and will be asked to attend an interview and work-sharing day on Saturday 29 June at the Royal Exchange Theatre. The successful Director will be announced at 7.00pm that evening.