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New Bespoke Programmes at The Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theatre Colchester has announced the successful leading theatre-makers selected for their three dedicated talent development programmes for promising Playwrights, Producers and Directors from the East of England to create new work. The creation of the three development programmes is part of the Mercury’s commitment to supporting theatre practitioners across the region, many of whom have been severely impacted by the pandemic.

With individual, nine-month programmes dedicated to Playwrights, Producers and Directors, the Mercury is providing the successful applicants from across the East an extensive opportunity to work alongside industry-leading mentors to gain experience of working professionally. Each programme has been designed to develop future talent and is comprised of three key dimensions to empower the developing mentees to discover, develop and nurture talent in their own careers. 

Dilek Latif, Talent Development Producer for the Mercury, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received such a positive response to the callout for this programme and were incredibly impressed by the high standard of the creative work submitted for consideration. We are positive that the selected cohort for this 2021/22 season will produce work that will be bold, ambitious and theatrically daring and look forward to nurturing their outstanding talent throughout all three programmes with support from some of the best writers, producers and directors in the industry.” 

This cohort of successful Playwrights, Producers and Directors will also be provided with mentoring and support from the Mercury team. This will include access to rehearsal space at the Mercury rehearsal studio, the chance to share work as it is being developed and the opportunity to take part in networking and discussion events while crafting new skills and gaining knowledge from industry experts.

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