The Accidental Festival is a vibrant event which reflects and explores
the interchange between theatre, new writing, performance art,
dance, music and digital media. The Accidental Festival’s diverse
programme will combine the work of established artists with emergent work by new
companies, supplemented by a variety of outreach projects, educational workshops and
Despite being in our infancy, the Accidental Festival already has a
reputation for presenting experimental and innovative performances
to an audience of a broad social demographic. Last year’s festival,
hosted by the ICA, included performances from Blind Summit Theatre (collaborators on the
English National Opera’s Madame Butterfly with Anthony Minghella) who have been
described by the Guardian as ‘A smart, lively company bringing real verve to the art form,’
as well as Beth Kurkijan from New York University (performing Ageless, a solo dance piece).
In addition the student work was mentored by respected practitioners such as Punchdrunk
(currently performing Faust, a site-specific piece in association with the National Theatre)
and Tristan Sharps, the artistic director of DreamThinkSpeak (Total Theatre Award Winner for
Don’t Look Back.) The students have expanded on this work and are now involved in
various exciting projects, including a premiere in Prague’s quadrennial Scenofest this June
with Tessellate’s a thousand words, an interdisciplinary piece exploring the events in Dafur.
The student team working on this year’s Accidental Festival has a variety of interests and
skills in both production and performance. Last year we devised and developed a site-
specific performance in the Shoreditch Town Hall based on the English’s National Opera’s
L’Orfeo and this valuable collaboration will continue with the first year Performance Art
student’s adaptation of Satyagraha: MK Gandhi In South Africa by composer Phillip Glass,
which will be an integral part of this year’s Accidental Festival programme. In 2006 many of
us were involved in the Buxton Fringe Festival and were nominated for awards, for Dance,
Production by a young Company, Comedy, New Writing and Young Actor. In addition,
numerous students have begun to create their own theatre companies, including Parrot [in
the] Tank who will be attending the Scenofest in Prague and Massa Confusa, whose
improvised performance is being redeveloped for an international tour following their debut
in the ICA last year.
In order to support our work on the Accidental Festival we are currently engaged in creative
apprenticeships with practitioners and institutions as diverse as The Tricycle theatre, Graeae,
Manuel Vason and Frenchmottershead. Additionally the Performance Arts discipline is
supported by a team of highly respected and committed staff such as the Performance Arts
Pathway Leader, Karl Rouse, (a recent collaborator with the East Coast Artists and Richard
Schechner in New York and a member of the British Fulbright Scholars Association) and
Simon Donger (A scenography lecturer who has recently collaborated with Juschka Weigel
and Arianne De Vos Burchart at the MXT Theatre in Rotterdam). This year’s Accidental
Festival intends to draw upon the legacy of last years successful festival, and present a
stimulating programme of international and interdisciplinary work.
The Accidental Festival is created and produced by Performance Arts students at the
Central School of Speech And Drama. Whilst we will invite the successful applicants to
perform within our venue(s) free of charge, unfortunately we are unable to finance any
companies’ participation within the event.
• An opportunity to perform amongst innovative new and
established artists representing a variety of genres.
• Dedicated press and marketing services which offer both
support and resources.
• Fully functioning front of house with box office and ushers
through the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
• A show listing on our website and programme, including the
potential for interviews or other promotional materials.
• A technical/dress rehearsal within the space prior to
• Secure storage and dressing facilities.
• Fully equipped spaces with technical support.
• A high quality and unique performance.
• Accommodation and travel for your company.
• A programme entry that adheres to the deadlines stated.
• Detailed press and marketing information and publicity
materials (i.e. leaflets and posters to be displayed in the
The Accidental Festival will be open to applicants from 12th
February 2007 until 11th March 2007. All successful applicants shall
be notified directly and are final. Unfortunately we are unable to
provide reasons for non-acceptance within our programme.
Good luck and we look forward to collaborating with you.
Alan Fielden email@example.com 07738 427 576
Artistic Liaison For Theatre, New Writing and Music:
Joe Connor firstname.lastname@example.org 07828 332 851
Artistic Liaison For Live/Performance Art, Dance and Debates:
Madaleine Trigg email@example.com 07960 658 220
Artistic Liaison For International Companies:
Siret Paju firstname.lastname@example.org 07706 311 412
Head Of Programming:
Rose Lewenstein email@example.com 07870 125 331
Executive Production Team:
Daniel King firstname.lastname@example.org 07772 081 915
Seona Taylor-Bell email@example.com 07921 824 726
Yaz Al-Shaater firstname.lastname@example.org 07958 372 299
Head Of Administration:
Julia Barnett email@example.com 07796 835 404
Head Of Production;
Jo Cecil firstname.lastname@example.org 07894 347 647
Head Of Developments:
Lianne Howard-Dace email@example.com 07834 222 786
Kiel deValera firstname.lastname@example.org 07706 005 004
Performance Arts Pathway Leader:
Karl Rouse email@example.com
Head Of Undergraduate Studies:
Ross Brown firstname.lastname@example.org