Not just for white, male and wealthy - the creative chance.
From inside the great cultural establishments there has been much said about diversity and access. How the Public School Posh boys are getting all the top roles or how getting in to Drama school is becoming too expensive for lower income aspiring actors.
How predominantly white and male just about every area of the performing arts is.
And as if class, gender and race weren’t enough obstacles recent months have revealed how those who get to the gateway of opportunity are met by a sexual predator demanding a high price for letting anyone pass on the road to something like a career.
Out on the Fringe with its sometime “poor relation” status things aren’t quite so bad - but let’s not be too complacent that the Fringe is perfect. Getting a Fringe show is still a mighty challenge with many of the same obstacles in place as anywhere else.
But for the determined, inspired and insistent there is much more of a chance to realise a creative idea on the Fringe than in the mainstream.
For us, seeing Fringe makers be they writers, producers or performers grab a creative chance is one of the ingredients that make Fringe performance different and exciting.
In the last year we’ve seen how Creative chances have been taken and brought to Fringe stages. Over the summer S.E Theatre premiered "The Course Of New Love" - a new show at Stratford's Attic Theatre before heading over the border to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival A magnificent achievement which will hopefully set others thinking about doing the same.
As the leaves fell off the trees, there was a real harvest of new theatre from writers grabbing the opportunity that the Fringe can offer. When we met writer Baz Stilinksi ahead of the opening of his first play he told us how a collaboration with local theatre group The Phoenix Players gave his play “Hey Li’ll Man” the chance to be seen,
We also met Nick Wilkes aka The Malvern Bard who brought a large cast to the RSCs Fringe space at The Other Place to present his play “To Build A Wooden O” to the stage of The Other Place.
But chances don’t hang around and can disappear as quickly as they are arrived.
At the start of the year we met with Ian Harris from New Stuff Theatre Company who was all set to grab the chance to perform at The View Restaurant. Then.....
New management (with a distinctly less ambitious outlook) took on The View and New Stuff were looking for a new home – which they eventually found at The Swan in Kineton. A terrific, intimate performance space just right for theartre or cabaret.
The creative chances and opportunities’ which the Fringe can offer to writers also offers opportunities for performers to be seen and take on challenging roles which otherwise would be out of reach.
We want to celebrate the power of the Creative chance and recognise those who grab it, use it and in doing so open to door a bit wider than it might other wise have been