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Residency Opportunity for Theatre and Music Makers / Mon 18 - Sat 23 Sept 2017

Submission Date: Wed 19 July

Interviews at Derby Theatre: Thurs 27 July

The Offer:

  • One Weeks Residency at The HopBarn, Southwell, Notts from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd September 2017

  • Technical Support and Guidance from experienced music engineer

  • Opportunity to explore, research and develop work incorporating theatre and music for future development and performance opportunities

  • Support and guidance from Derby Theatre’s In Good Company – Professional Artists Programme and The Hopbarn.


In Good Company (IGC), the professional development programme for artists making work in the East Midlands, presents a unique opportunity for theatre makers and musicians.

Working at The HopBarn, Centre for Music & Creative Performance, IGC is offering a week’s residency during September 2017 in order to explore and develop theatre that seeks to embed music into the main body of the work.

Supported by an experienced Music Engineer and with access to an array of musical instruments and technical equipment, the successful applicant and/or company will spend a full-week, working and residing at The HopBarn (without interruption) in order to develop and explore their proposed ideas.

The Offer:

  • 1-weeks free rehearsal space at The HopBarn working in the main studio (11m x 7.5m)

  • Onsite accommodation for the resident company

  • Full technical support with an experienced Music Engineer

  • Support and guidance from IGC and The HopBarn

Artist and Company members will be required to arrange their own per-diems

Submission Criteria

  • New and original performance work that features a strong music element within the main body of the performance concept

  • Work that is in development, at any stage, but has not been performed previously

  • Artists and groups who are able to demonstrate some experience of working with music in their work, or can demonstrate that it is integral to future development

  • Demonstrate consideration for the future legacy of the work, how it might be further explored and developed, and potential performance opportunities

What we are looking for:

  • Work that has a unique vision in incorporating music in order to create an original piece of theatre

  • Is realistic in its approach and methodology of creation

  • Clear and concise ideas towards how the week will be utilised and how the artists/groups will ensure the proposed submission will be realized


  • Artists or groups living and/or working in the East Midlands

Technical Information

The chosen artist or group will be able to utilise the following equipment at The HopBarn with supervision from the technical engineer.

  • Rogers of London Baby Grand Piano

  • Yamaha 12 Channel mix with VPX Active Speakers

  • Studio Block comprising 24 send and 12 return channels

  • DMX Lighting Controller with 6 LED Spots

  • Selection of microphones

  • Alesis ADAT 24 Track Recording

  • Allen and Heath GL2400 24 track mixing desk

  • Alesis EQ-250 Graphic Equaliser

  • Alesis 3630 Compression/limiter

  • Daw Protools v12 software and digital Interface M-Audio Profire 2626

  • Yamaha N10 Near Field Mixing Monitors

  • Eltax Concept Dynamic Bass, control room monitors

  • Samson Servo 250 Studio Stereo Amplifier

  • Peavey, Marshall, Carlsbro and Wawick Instrument Amplification

  • Active and Passive DI Boxes and Active Mic Splitters

  • Selection of Mics Including Shure SM58's. Shure SM57's, Samson S1 Condenser and Peavey S20

  • NTJ 7 piece mic set for drum kit

  • A selection of AKG Headphones

Music equipment:

  • Grand Piano

  • Electric Stage Piano

  • Warwick 5 String Bass

  • Epiphone ES335 Guitar

  • EKO Acoustic Guitar

  • Custom Double Bass

  • Mapex Full Drum Kit

  • Various Sound Barriers and Vocal Booths

Video production and editing:

  • Full HD Video Sony FX1 is available with

  • NLE Suite, either Adobe Premier Pro CS5 or Final Cut Pro

  • Green Screen Backdrops, essential for promo Youtube Exposure

Information on The HopBarn

The HopBarn provides a unique venue for music and the performing arts. Situated on a working farm in rural Nottinghamshire, The HopBarn is a redevelopment of a group of 18th Century agricultural buildings into a purpose developed centre for music, theatre and dance. Working with regional partners, companies and artists, The HopBarn seeks to create opportunities in supporting and nurturing new and emerging artistic practice.

Information on In Good Company (IGC)

Born out of consultation with our community of artists, In Good Company is the professional development programme for artists making work in the East Midlands. It launched in July 2014 and is now a multi-venue partnership delivered by Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre, Mansfield venues, Lincolsnhire One Venues and Burton Brewhouse.

How to apply

Please submit an application outlining the following:

  • Who you are (Biog or CV)

  • Where you are based

  • Information about the work you would like to develop and how it meets the submission criteria

  • Why this opportunity will benefit you, your company and the work

  • What stage your production is currently at and how you will be supporting the production financially

  • What festivals, performance opportunities might their be for this work?

Submission Date: 19th July

Interview at Derby Theatre: 27th July

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