Middle Child open applications for two funds to support theatre makers in Hull

Career Kickstarter Fund – Emily Joy. Photo: National Youth Theatre.

Middle Child are looking for working class actors and theatre makers to apply for two funds designed to support people starting a career in the performing arts.

The Career Kickstarter Fund will pay for professional headshots for a new actor, as well as a year’s subscription to Spotlight, the theatre and film industry’s version of LinkedIn.

The recipient will also benefit from audition workshops with the company’s artistic director, Paul Smith.

The First Show Fund will provide funding and in-kind support for a company or individual in Hull to put on their first ever production in the city.

Emily Joy received the Career Kickstarter Fund in 2018 and later this year takes a show, Leaving , to the Bunker Theatre in London with her company, Dead Good Theatre.

Emily said: “The fund has been really beneficial to me, especially financially. Headshots and Spotlight are something that, at that time, I wouldn’t have been able to afford.

“The mentorship from Paul has been really useful too, especially in the lead up to auditions, making them a much more comfortable experience for me.”

First Show Fund – Just Club Theatre. Photo by EHD Photography.

Just Club were awarded the First Show Fund last year and are about to take their first production, Standing Too Close on Our Own in the Dark, to the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Hull Takeover.

Just Club said: “The First Show Fund was crucial in our step-up from graduates to professional theatre makers.

“It came at a time when we were paying for equipment, venue hire, accommodation and travel for the first time, so it was a real blessing.

“Middle Child’s constant support has been essential to our first show and vital in helping us to feel validated as a new company in and beyond Hull.”

The two funds are part of Middle Child’s artist development programme, Reverb, which includes initiatives to develop new writers, critics and theatre makers in Hull.

The programme is made possible by funding from Arts Council England and Absolutely Cultured.

Applications for both funds close on Monday 9th September and more details on how to apply can be found at middlechildtheatre.co.uk.

[Jamie Potter – Middle Child]