Theatre makers with links to Kent can ROAR in response to Aphra Behn

Published: 2 June 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre is inviting submissions from creatives with links with Kent as part of its artist development programme, ROAR.

Participants' work should respond to a quotation from Aphra Behn’s 1682 play The Roundheads, “A brave world: full of religion, knavery and change, we shall shortly see better days,” and the issues of our turbulent times.

Behn was a Canterbury-born Restoration playwright, author and poet.

Andy Dawson, The Marlowe’s associate director of new writing, said, “Kent’s shoreline faces Europe; our transport links form vital arteries that lead to the heart of current political crisis; our landscape is agricultural, industrial and post-industrial.

“Our towns have witnessed centuries of toil, upheaval and insurrection. Global news cycles sound ceaseless alarm about climate. Nationally, the battles of Brexit show no sign of relenting.”

The venue will provide mentoring, support and the chance to work with professionals at The Marlowe including technical advice, access to rehearsal spaces and a week of funded research and development.

The deadline for submissions is noon on 19 July.