Exciting opportunity for Linbury prize candidates with the British Council

Posted on 21 Tue 07 2015
The Linbury Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for stage design has got a new perspective in 2015: sponsored by the British Council, one Linbury Prize candidate will embark on an international collaboration with Les Kurbas Theatre (Lviv, Ukraine) on an brand new production of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale.
 
This opportunity is part of the wider British Council’s theatre development programme in Ukraine. The ongoing crisis has clearly demonstrated the need of cultural institutions, artists and venues in Ukraine to reinterpret their traditions, identity and heritage, creatively respond to the social change, and get exposed to new international connections, experiences and collaborative work. The British Council responds to this need by working with theatre professionals, directors, critics, theatre venues and curators in UK and Ukraine on a number of productions and developmental projects.
 
We expect that for many candidates this will be their first opportunity for international collaboration and exposure, and a chance to work in a completely different theatre environment in an exciting and challenging period of Ukraine’s history. Lviv is a beautiful city with rich artistic and cultural life that is often called ‘the cultural capital of Ukraine’. 
 
Final shortlisted candidates are eligible to meet with the British Council and Les Kurbas representatives in London on Director's Day, Wednesday 29 July, to discuss the context and the terms of the project. Candidates can then express their interest in being considered for the Ukraine production.Two weeks later the organising partners will select one candidate to participate. The project timeline will be established jointly by the candidate, the Theatre and the British Council, but the final production of ‘A Winter’s Tale’ should premiere on 23 April 2016 - the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing.
 
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2013 Awards ceremony at the National Theatre
2013 awards ceremony at the National Theatre

Madeleine Girling, photo by Sheila Burnett
2013 Winner, Madeleine Girling

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