Spoken Word Antics: Call Out For Performance Writers

£150 Skype Script Commission, Sheffield

On Saturday 29 October Spoken Word Antics is putting on a Skype night for Off the Shelf Festival, where writers in Sheffield will be joined by writers from around the world appearing via Skype. The evening will alternate between appearances from local writers and remote writers, who will be projected onto the screen in Showroom Cinema 5, and will include one specially commissioned Skype script.

As part of this event, Spoken Word Antics are commissioning a new piece of writing designed especially for performance over Skype.

It could be a dialogue between long-distance lovers, a business call, a case of internet grooming, or maybe the speakers are simply talking in parallel, unaware of each other’s presence. Are they even speaking? Perhaps the call gets cut off, they redial and get someone else. Use your imagination!

We want to see something that makes innovative use of this unusual performance situation, where human relationships are mediated by modern, but not necessarily reliable, technology. We are not fussy about genres—whether it’s drama, poetry, or performance art—so long as it will engage the audience.

To apply, please fill in the application form (available here) and return it to Robin at antics@lowtech.org.

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 30 August at 5pm.

Further information about the event is available at http://www.zeroquality.net/skypesheffield.html.

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