Friends with Benefits at Basement

We're Not Just Flirting With You

Basement has always been about providing a platform for emerging artists to present their work in a space that is safe, supportive, and accessible. But what’s next for those artists? No longer quite considered emerging, how do they take their career to the next level? We would like to introduce our brand new development initiative Friends with Benefits! A development programme designed to assist our expansion (mid-level) artists to take the next step forward in their chosen field.

Three new works will be selected each year to participate in the Friends with Benefits programme, which provides an extensive, customised development journey culminating in a presentation season at Basement Theatre. The works, and the artists that create them, are then supported to pursue future presentations at national and international venues and festivals. The three works selected for Friends with Benefits will be signature productions in our programme.

To submit for the programme, the artist or producer must have had at least two works programmed at Basement before, and there must be a professional producer attached to the project from the outset (this means a producer who has at least three productions under their belt).

In 2018, we are looking for responsive, disruptive and unpredictable works which are experimental and push the boundaries of artforms; and where the traditional and mainstream is challenged. We want to see works that are making use of theatrical forms, but cross-disciplinary works are very much welcomed.

Shows presented as part of Friends With Benefits will receive the following support (at a value of $6200):

· First choice of dates and space in the Season Programme.

· A customised risk-share arrangement, tailored working alongside each individual producer.

· A one-week pack in period, and 2.5 week season.

· A paid two-day Playscience workshop.

· A Basement & Breakfast showing to an invited audience.

· Paid dramaturg support throughout the production process.

· A rehearsal space subsidy.

· Production assistance from Basement’s Producer in Residence, with specific producer and promotion tasks.

· Support in providing a graphic designer and documentation of the work (photography/filming) and a contribution to an edited trailer.

· The opportunity to re-present work in Feb/March during PANNZ and when international visitors are in New Zealand for CNZ’s delegate programme, Te Manu Ka tau (Flying Friends).

· Assistance in making a touring package and in helping the work have a future life.

· Masterclasses scheduled with experts in areas of key development identified by the company or artist.

· A write up in the Basement season brochure about the work.

· $100 contribution to social media advertising through Basement’s Facebook page.

As this is a new programme we recommend contacting our Programming and Artist Development Manager, Gabrielle Vincent, to chat about your work before making a submission. Please note submissions are now live on our website and close on Monday 9 April, 2018 at 5pm.