We are Open Theatre, the experimental performance society at Leeds University! Here at Open Theatre we love new writing and alternative types of theatre, in other words; all theatre weird and wonderful! We are a fun and approachable society that produces professional sell out work!
Here at open theatre we love to experiment with new ideas and we are not afraid to go beyond the boundaries. Whether it be a piece of new-writing or physical theatre, an idea you think about in the shower - even 'IKEA: the musical' ... we want to hear it.
President: Jonny Dowsett
Vice-President: Chloe Lovatt
Secretary: Charlotte Ranson
Publicity: Leah Taylor
Social Sec: Denys Woolley
Treasurer: Dan Sareen
Open Seat: Anna Yonish
What do we do?
We produce on average between 3 and 4 professional standard shows per semester and we are lucky enough to have access to various flexible and well-equipped theatre spaces, including those in Stage@Leeds.
Anyone is allowed to propose a show to us, whether it’s your favourite play that you’ve had this exciting idea about or whether it’s a play you’ve written yourself!
Before you do think about proposing you need to know that we prioritise new and alternative theatre and because of this we have decided to shift our focus to these types of shows. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t propose classical or contemporary shows to us, you still can, but we will be looking specifically for that bit of spark that makes it different from your usual sort of show.
If you’re successful in getting short listed, we will then invite you to sort of formal (but not at all scary) meeting with a few of the committee where we will discuss and talk logistically about how you want to achieve your creative dreams, and how we as a society can provide support for that.
The AGM will take place on Tuesday the 9th of May in G11A 17:00-19:00pm.
*If you would like to run for committee then please make sure you email email@example.com with your full name and the position(s) you would like to stand for by Monday the 8th of May at 2pm. If you change your mind or on the day decide to stand for another position last minute then this is also fine, do not panick.*
This event is not only for candidates who want to run but it is also about OT members to come along and vote. If you have an OT membership, it is vital you have a say!
Rough description of who we are:
We are Open Theatre, the experimental performance society at Leeds University! Here at Open Theatre we love new writing and alternative types of theatre, in other words; all theatre weird and wonderful! We are a fun and approachable society that produces professional sell out work! Here at open theatre we love to experiment with new ideas and we are not afraid to go beyond the boundaries. Whether it be a piece of new-writing or physical theatre, an idea you think about in the shower - even 'IKEA: the musical' ... we want to hear it. We have changed our constitution slightly since the year 2015/2016 and these changes are as followed:
Here are the role descriptions to get you thinking about your manifesto/speech ideas:
This role requires leadership skills and confidence. You will lead the committee, writing the agendas for each meeting with the secretary, and chairing the meetings. You will also go to the performance meetings with the union, and make the final decisions. You will have to complete cash office training, which is a useful skill. This role requires a lot of commitment. With the committee, you will decide in what direction you want to take Open Theatre; a very exciting opportunity! Like all other roles, you may be assigned to a show to act as their supervisor. This means you need to make sure they are keeping within budget and support them if they feel they need it.
You will be second in command to the president. If they cannot be at a meeting then it will be your responsibility to chair it. Similarly to the president’s role, you will decide what you want Open Theatre to be. Like all other roles, you may be assigned to a show to act as their supervisor. This means you need to make sure they are keeping within budget and support them if they feel they need it.
You will support both the president and vice president. You will take the minutes at the meetings and post these on the group Facebook page. You will book venue dates for all the OT shows for the next year, rooms for rehearsal and tables for selling tickets in the union. You will also be in charge of any questions on the Facebook page or to the Gmail account. Like all other roles, you may be assigned to a show to act as their supervisor. This means you need to make sure they are keeping within budget and support them if they feel they need it.
You will be in charge of OT’s accounts. You will help each show put their budget together and make sure that it is viable. It is your responsibility to communicate with the cash office and get money that people have spent on a show back to them as soon as possible. Like all other roles, you may be assigned to a show to act as their supervisor. This means you need to make sure they are keeping within budget and support them if they feel they need it.
5. Publicity Officer
It will be your role to publicise OT events, whether that is a show, fundraiser or trip. This role requires skills in poster/flyer design, and social media skills on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you are interested in or want to gain experience in arts marketing or publicity, this role is for you! It is time intensive but you will learn a lot. Like all other roles, you may be assigned to a show to act as their supervisor. This means you need to make sure they are keeping within budget and support them if they feel they need it.
It will be your role to organise the fundraisers and socials for the society and individual projects. These can vary from trips to the theatre, nights out or a dinner. You will need to have confidence and the ability to approach businesses and organise deals with them. This is a very important role, and similarly to the publicity rep you will gain key skills which will help you in the world of work. You may work on your own, or with a volunteer within a company, as well as working closely with publicity. Like all other roles, you may be assigned to a show to act as their supervisor. This means you need to make sure they are keeping within budget and support them if they feel they need it.
7. Open Seat X2
This is a wide role with a lot of potential. You will assist any representative with their role if they need support. We are currently in negotiation with a union group who are keen to organise regular workshops, it will be your job to liaise with them, the companies and help with organisation. This role requires good people skills as you will be working with a wide variety of people, as well as organisation and creative flair.
Please prepare a short speech/ some key points as to why you believe you would be good for any of the roles you are applying for. This speech does not have to be massively long, be yourself and we are looking to hear passion about why Open Theatre. The AGM goes as followed:
2. Presidents report
3. Treasurers report
4. Constitutional amendments
5. President election
6. Vice President election
7. Secretary election
8. Treasurer election
9. Publicity officer election
10. Social sec election
11. Open seat election
12. Any other business
Being on committee is an amazing opportunity and our AGM is laid back, fun and not intimidating one little bit. If you love theatre, want something good on your CV and are looking for something to do extracurricular then this is for you!
You MUST have a membership to run and vote in this event. No telling porkie pies as we have a membership list to hand.
If you have any concerns then please message the OT page or email Leah our Publicity Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have officially decided our Second Semester Shows but if you're thinking of proposing to us for First Semester of the 2017/2018 academic year then start planning your proposals now! We usually open proposals around May/June for the next academic semester.
Second Semester Shows 2017
If you were granted any wish, what would you wish for? World peace? Money? Power? Gordon's desires lie elsewhere, and he's about to make them come true, no matter how dark they might be.
‘Ink Boy,’ a new dark surrealist comedy from Josh Kirby and Hugo Jones, tells the story of a man mistakenly granted magical wishes. This administrative error takes a dark turn with terrible consequences as we discover what people are truly capable of.
Show: 7.30pm Thursday 9th till Saturday 11th February 2017
Director: Josh Kirby and Hugo Jones
Place of Performance: Alec Clegg (Stage@Leeds)
Nobody is really sure if Indigo has his own room. He's often found in the common room in the early hours by those coming back from a night of debauchery or those who just can't sleep, and nobody has a clue where he's come from. Can what he always says at pre-drinks really be true? Sophie isn't sure, but he likes her poetry, and that's good enough for her.
People say that your first year of uni changes you forever, but nobody tells you that it might just change the fabric of reality itself.
Show: 7pm Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of February.
Director: Dylan Marsh
Place of Performance: Banham Theatre located in the Michael Sadler Building.
‘A child is born into a world of phenomena all equal in their power to enslave. It sniffs – it sucks. Suddenly one strikes. Why?’ Creativity and reason. Desire and morality. Individuality and community. There are countless personal and societal forces which act on a person, and often one’s individual impulses are fundamentally opposed to the behaviour expected of them. When internalised, these expectations can create a distinct duality within a person. Join Dr Martin Dysart as he analyses the mind of Alan Strang, a boy for whom the gap between normality and reality has grown too large, and has manifested itself in a most violent and ugly way. ‘It was sexy. That’s what you want to know, isn’t it? All right, it was. I was pushed forward on the horse. There was sweat on my legs from its neck. All that power going anyway you wanted…’
Show: 8.30pm Thursday 9th March- Saturday 11th March.
Director: Andrew Brown and Becky Downing
Place of Performance:Stage One in Stage@Leeds.
WE ARE TAKING A SHOW TO EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR.
Harry awakes one morning in the worst possible way – with a head-shattering hangover. With no memory whatsoever of the night before, he sets out on a mission to piece together how he got into such a sorry state.
The show will use techniques from physical theatre and most of the cast will multi-role and narrate the action. Casting is therefore flexible, although we are ideally looking for 5 or 6 actors. A few of the characters are as follows:
HARRY: Socially awkward graduate who wakes up with no recollection of the previous night
SIMON: One of Harry’s few friends and stereotypical ‘gap yah’ guy
ANGELICA: Beautiful woman, Harry embarrasses himself trying to impress her
SOFA PERSON: A mysterious person Harry... finds on his sofa
In July you will need to be in Leeds for rehearsals, and the show dates are 4th – 19th August in Edinburgh. PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL COSTS WILL NEED TO BE SELF-FUNDED.
The audition is Tuesday 2nd May in Stylus.
Callbacks are Wednesday 3rd May in Upper-Stylus at 2pm.
If you aren’t able to make this, or if you have any other questions, please contact Andrew Brown or the OT Facebook Page.
YOU DO NOT NEED AN OPEN THEATRE MEMBERSHIP TO AUDITION.
Check out our Showreel from last year, this will give you a taster of what we are all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1gg7hvQJuE
Feel free to take a browse of our channel!