Posted on:Friday 9th February, 2018
This live theatre commission was originally the subject of a successful Arts Council England application for Grants for the Arts funding in 2016 and provides a fantastic example of how great original work can grow and develop in many different new directions. The funding we received from ACE was sufficient to commission 7 talented up-and-coming playwrights from all over Europe to write short 15-minute pieces telling the stories of different poets and their houses. These pieces combined into a full-length theatre show exploring the many aspects of the poet’s life and significance performed at a high level of quality by the actors from the GoodDog theatre company. However, that was just the start. With the help of its partners the Foundation was able to deliver a full set of workshops and seminars at Roehampton University in 2016 in the run-up to the premiere of the show at Kings Place in September of that year. Such was the success of the show that it is subsequently been rerun in an adapted form at the Cockpit Theatre near Euston in the autumn of 2017. In the meantime, thanks to a grant from the EU Commission the final English version of the performance script has now been translated into all 6 other languages of the project, and UCL Press proposes to publish this as a polyglot edition for research and study purposes. In May 2017, thanks to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland film school, the Foundation even shot a full-length film version of the show. Thus, an exciting and topical piece of work has grown and grown in its impact.
For more information, click here for the Poetry House Live blog.