Amadan are offering MANIFEST, a new work residency for practitioners working within the performing arts as part of this year’s inaugural Theatre Works Fest NI. This has been supported by Belfast City Council and our partner The MAC, Belfast

MANIFEST is a residency specifically for developing early stage, new work. You can be at any stage of your career but you must have some professional experience. Your idea can be at the very early stages of development or can be a first draft of a script. Your idea must be formed enough so that you can discuss how it might be presented. They are open to creators from different backgrounds including but not limited to physical theatre, comedy, street performance and circus. They also welcome applications from groups as well as solo artists.

DATES – 10th to 13th Jan 2024
LOCATION – The MAC, Belfast 10 Exchange St West, Belfast BT1 2NJ

*What the Manifest Residency will Offer:

  • Studio space in the MAC – award-winning venue in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, home to all kinds of exhibitions, theatre performances, experimental works and endless goings-on.
  • Access to three established & experienced practitioners for mentorship – Opportunity to showcase an extract of your work at the end of residency in front of a supportive audience – Learning ways in which you can produce your own work independently

During the residency you will work collaboratively with mentors as well as having your own space where you can work privately. You will be mentored by three established practitioners Alan Richardson, Gemma Mae Halligan and Jude Quinn. With their expertise and guidance your ideas will be explored and developed over the four days, with the opportunity of performing an extract at our Manifest Showcase on the final night.

Gemma Mae Halligan is a theatre maker, performer and director who has worked with some of the leading theatre companies in Ireland. She is the co-founder of Amadan Ensemble and has expertise in devised theatre practice.

Jude Quinn is theatre maker, clown and physical performer who has worked extensively across Ireland and Europe. He is the co-founder of Amadan Ensemble and has expertise in physical comedy, clowning and mime.

Alan Richardson is the artistic director of Surge, based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has worked as a director and performer extensively across the UK and Europe and has expertise in outdoor arts and directing.

There is no cost to attend MANIFEST, however you are responsible for all other costs relating to your attendance e.g. travel and accommodation.

To apply

Email with the subject line ‘Residency Application’ including this information in no more than 500 words or video of between 4-5mins (no longer):

  • Tell them about your show
  • Track record of you & team (if applicable)
  • How your project would benefit from this residency

Deadline for Applications is 10th December 2023.

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