Programming

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR A BIT OF A DO FESITVAL 2021

Drunken Chorus are currently programming artists and companies for the 2021 edition of A Bit Of A Do – our annual festival of theatre, dance and cabaret at Stanley Halls in South Norwood.

A Bit Of A Do is an inclusive and accessible festival, featuring work by disabled and non-disabled artists. The festival will take place over two weekends: 19-21 and 26-27 November 2021.

We want to hear from artists and companies whose work we might not already be familiar with.

For our first instalment of the festival since the Covid pandemic, we will present a hybrid programme of live and digital work. We are therefore particularly interested to hear from artists with work that can reach audiences who are unable to attend the festival venue in person – through alternative, innovative and playful digital methods / platforms.

We are interested to hear from:

  • Both disabled and non-disabled artists
  • Artists / companies working in theatre, dance, cabaret and/or comedy
  • Artists / companies whose work is ready to be presented to a public audience
  • Artists / companies whose work is live, digital or a hybrid

All performances for the festival must be:

  • ‘Finished’ / ready to be presented to a public audience
  • Of a professional standard
  • Complete with copy and images for marketing

We are particularly interested to hear from artists who are:

  • Creating work that is contemporary, experimental or outside the mainstream
  • Exploring exciting new ways to reach audiences who cannot attend arts venues in person
  • Living / working in the London Borough of Croydon
  • Disabled
  • Neurodiverse / neurodivergent
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Visually impaired
  • From groups who are under-represented in the arts, including people from working class backgrounds and ethnic minorities.

Artists can propose performances of any duration – from short cabaret pieces, to full length shows and durational work.

Past artists have included Touretteshero, Candoco, Lanre Malaolu, Caroline Parker, Moxie Brawl and Levantes Dance Theatre

All artists are paid a fee for their work, and all performance will be interpreted in British Sign Language.

The festival is fully accessible, with step free access and support for disabled, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and visually impaired artists.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

If you are interested in bringing your work to A Bit Of A Do 2021, please send an expression of interest, including a description of the work, full contact details, availability for the above dates, requested performance fee, and any supporting material (videos, images, website, reviews) to Chris Williams – chris@drunkenchorus.co.uk by 10am 20 August 2021.

If you’d like to discuss your project over the phone you can call us on (+44) 02032869532.

We also welcome expressions of interest in all other formats, such as a video, or by phone conversation.  If you would like this information in a different format, or require an interpreter, or if there is any other way we can make the application process simpler, easier or more accessible, then please let us know.

COMMISSIONING PROGRAMME

If you are a young or emerging disabled artist, you may be interested in our commissioning programme. This will include a night of short scratch performances at the 2021 festival, from which we will select three artists / companies to receive development support in the form of space, mentoring from established artists, a bursary, and a full length performance slot at our 2022 festival. The application process for the commissioning strand will open in mid-September 2021.

Drunken Chorus is currently supported by Didymus, City Bridge Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, David Solomon Charitable Trust, The Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation, The Ironmongers’ Charity, The Grocers’ Charity, Chapman Charitable Trust and The Schroder Charity Trust.