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As you’ll read elsewhere in this issue, it’s a tough time for small independent theatres like Alphabetti. The Newcastle venue is much more than a space for work to be performed; it houses a community of passionate creatives who epitomise the generous spirit of our region’s grassroots scene.

Despite the troubles they are facing, Alphabetti are still striving to support artists with a newly announced series of writing commissions. The Listen Up micro-commissions will pay writers to produce a 10-minute audio play, with successful applicants having their work performed by actors and broadcast through Alphabetti’s online programme. Applicants must identify as female, LGBTQ+, be a member of a black, Asian or minority ethnic group or live with a physical or cognitive disability.

Keen to build long-term relationships with members of the creative community that may be under-represented, Alphabetti hope that the commissions will help to amplify diverse voices in the region. All plays will be performed online from September 2020, with directors including Alphabetti’s artistic and executive director Ali Pritchard and senior creative associate Paul James, with the remaining creative team announced in due course. The deadline to apply is Sunday 12th July.

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