Guidelines for Off the Shelf
Queen St Studio presents Off the Shelf, an opportunity for writers and directors to hothouse a project which is in the early stages of development.

Off the Shelf aims to focus the skills of theatre practitioners on a project of their choice, whilst strengthening relationships between emerging writers and directors. This is a unique opportunity to explore a project which may have been “shelved”, or may even be in seed stage and needs a little bit of time and space to get to the next stage.

We are looking for teams (writer and directors) who:
• Have an unproduced script which is 15 minutes or less
Have a synopsis/treatment for a script, from which they can produce a first draft by March 13th 2009.
• Are interested in working together in a nurturing and collaborative environment to produce a script which will be performed in a studio showing at Queen St Studios
• Can write to specifications whilst being mindful of the production challenges outlined below
• Would like to test an idea or concept in front of an audience scheduled for 22nd May 2009

We will provide
• 15 hours of rehearsal space (starting the 11th April 2009 primarily on weekends)
• Dramaturgy (upon request)
• Opportunity to show your work in front of industry professionals and an invited audience for feedback
• Simple light and sound equipment
• A photographer for promotional photos and archival materials
• Networking opportunities
• Publicity and promotional support including a meet and greet.

You will:
• Provide a first draft of your script (or if supplying a synopsis on application, a first draft by March 20th 2009)
• Be available to attend meetings and scheduled rehearsals
• Be willing to re-draft and refine your script over a four-week period if required
• Stage a showing of the work: whether it be a reading, a moved reading, or a performance, within the technical and practical limitations of the project.

How to apply:
If you would like to lodge an expression of interest to participate in this project please fill in the attached form 5pm 20th March 2009.. Please note each project must have a writer and a director.

If you would like further clarification or information about this project, please contact Augusta Supple. All successful applicants will be notified by email on 31st March 2009

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