Tue 17 Oct
In honour of Sir Peter Hall’s remarkable achievements and his service to theatre, and to recognise his role as Rose Theatre Kingston’s Founding Artistic Director and his time as Chancellor of Kingston University, the Rose will launch The Peter Hall Emerging Artists Fellowship (PHEAF) in October 2018 – the Rose theatre’s tenth year of operation
The Rose is launching this new initiative which will support a theatre artist with a tailor made residency. Over a number of years the PHEAF will provide artists with opportunities to work on Rose Theatre Productions and receive mentoring from world-class professionals and ultimately stage their own production in the Rose Theatre’s Studio with the full support of the Rose team.
Peter Hall, who died last month, was perhaps the most pioneering and influential Director and Producer of the post-war era in a career that spanned more than half a century. He founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and, during his tenure as Director of the National Theatre, over saw the move from the Old Vic and established the company in its new home on the South Bank. Having directed the first English language production of Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot, Peter Hall became a champion of new writing with world premieres of works by Harold Pinter (The Homecoming, No Man’s Land and Betrayal) and Peter Shaffer (Amadeus) among others. He had a keen eye for young talent in all areas of the theatre and was endlessly generous and supportive to emerging artists forging their own careers.
The Fellow appointed will get the opportunity to assist a number of Rose Theatre Productions, direct rehearsed readings, research and develop projects and work with young people. The fellowship will reach its conclusion with a professional staged production directed by the winning candidate in the Rose Theatre’s Studio. The production will run for a week, be produced by the Rose and paid for by the PHEAF. Indicative budget will be between £20,000 and £30,000 but a key part of the year is to work with the team at the Rose to stage the show within a workable budget, and to produce a noteworthy piece of work.
After securing initial funding from Kingston University, the Rose will fundraise further into spring 2018. A call for applicants will be made in summer 2018 – details of how to apply will become available nearer the time. The first successful applicant will start by October 2018.