Troopfest 25-27 July 2016 - Briefing

Briefing for Troop Members
Troopfest is a brand new Cambridge Junction mini-festival of work by members of its artist development scheme, Troop, taking place 25th-27th July 2016.

Troopfest has 3 strands:
1.    Trooping North An opportunity to preview a finished full-length work, fully-teched, before it goes to Edinburgh (45-60 minutes’ long)
2.    This is not a Drill An opportunity for Troop members to perform in an original piece of ensemble theatre created with & for them by the performance makers Nigel & Louise (20-30 minutes long)
3.    First Manoeuvres An informal mixed platform of extracts and short works-in-progress of 5-10 minutes’ length

Proposed Format
Monday 25th July

J2 – 7.00pm
Trooping North (50-60 minutes)
+ Short Interval

J3 – 8.15pm
This is not a Drill (20-30 minutes)
+ Short Interval

J3 – 9.00pm
Trooping North (50-60 minutes)   

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th July

J3 – 7.00pm
Trooping North (50-60 minutes)
+ Short Interval

J3 – 8.15pm
This is not a Drill (20-30 minutes)
+ Short Interval

J3 – 9.00pm
First Manoeuvres (different programme each evening) – compèred by Daniel Pitt.

How to get involved
Trooping North
The Edinburgh preview slots are by invitation and have already been programmed for this year. If you are working towards something for next year’s Fringe please let us know at the earliest opportunity.

This is not a Drill
This is open to any Troop member from any discipline or background who would like to spend a week in the studio with the renowned performance makers Nigel & Louise, creating an original piece of theatre which you will perform over each of the three evenings of Troopfest. You need to be available for the three performances, and 6 days over the previous week (18th-24th July) – exact dates to be confirmed but will include a 5 day creative process plus up to one day of tech time in J3. There is no fee for participating, and we will provide a light lunch for the group on each day of rehearsal.

We have a list of ‘expressions of interest’ for this project. If you have not yet put your name down on the list but would like to do so please email us – details below.

First Manoeuvres
If you have something you’d like to show in the informal setting of a mixed bill alongside other work by Troop members, we are looking for contributions lasting 5-10 minutes in any performing artform as long as it is suitable for the J3 space and has minimal tech requirements.

We can offer:
•    A short tech slot (likely 30 minutes)
•    A contribution towards expenses per slot (exact amount tbc)

Further info / to apply
For further info or to apply to either of these strands, please email with the following information:

Applications for This is not a Drill
Confirmation that you can attend the 5 day rehearsal period, 1 full tech day, and the three performances (25th / 26th / 27th July)

Applications for First Manoeuvres
•    Brief biog / recent achievements (100 words)
•    A description of what you wish to show (100 words) 
•    How long it is
•    Overview of your tech needs
•    Your 1st and 2nd preferred performance date (26th or 27th July)
•    Video links to current or recent work and / or website

Deadline for all applications: Wed 1st June, 9am