During lockdown, Theatre Deli is offering to share some of our expertise free of charge to support artists who are developing work for the future.

This consultancy is open to all, but we we specifically encourage Black artists and companies to take advantage of this opportunity and will prioritise our response to Black artists and companies, in recognition of the long-term systematic barriers to success for Black people within the arts industry.

Our Artistic Director Turan Ali has been producing drama and comedy for the BBC for nearly 30 years. He has also written drama, comedy and short stories for the BBC and trains writers, producers and directors internationally in story theory, story structure, comedy and drama idea development, creative format theory and development, soap opera writing and production and many other areas.

Turan is offering free consultancy and feedback to artists or companies in:

  • Story development: Are you clear what the essence of your story is? How powerful is the story journey you are taking your audience on? How many stories are you telling? Get feedback on your story designs.
  • Character developmentDo you have fully rounded central characters? Are you clear what the flaws and strengths of your characters are? Get feedback on your character designs.
  • Clarity of genre: are you clear what genre(s) you are working in? And the style of that genre? Do you have clarity of the rules of those genres/styles and have you consciously selected which rules apply and don’t apply to your style of that genre. Get feedback on your intended use of genre(s) and styles.
  • Format development: Designing projects that are not straightforward narrative theatre or performance projects. How to be innovative and creative, using original combinations of formats and genres. What is your big idea? Does the form match the content? What other formats and genres have you considered and rejected to arrive at your final choices? Get feedback on your project designs.

Contact [email protected] with few sentences about yourself, your project and your areas of concern. 

Our Executive Director David Ralf is a theatre producer and manager. He was previously Executive Director of The Bunker Theatre (Fringe Theatre of the Year - The Stage Awards 2020), and was Associate Producer of The Hope Theatre. He also produces theatre with his company, Loose Tongue, and writes plays. David is a recipient of the Stage One New Producers Bursary.

David is offering free consultancy and feedback to artists or companies in:

  • Project development: What are your next steps in developing your project? How should you approach venues and what will they want to see? What can you do in the face of cancellations and uncertainty?
  • Company development: What company structure do you need? How do you build a production team? How do you secure and negotiate rights and royalties? How do you share profits and risk?
  • Financial management: How do you create a budget? What needs to be in your contracts? How can you approach fundraising? How can you manage cashflow? What do you do when things change?

Contact [email protected] with few sentences about yourself, your project and your areas of concern. 

We have also teamed up with Elin Morgan, PR Director at Mobius Industries. Her fifteen year career in communications has included working at Battersea Arts Centre, the Lyric Hammersmith, Sadler’s Wells as Head of Press and Prospero Communications as Director and she brings extensive experience of working on media campaigns for the performing arts.

Elin is offering free consultancy and feedback to artists or companies in:

  • Creating effective press releases and contacting journalists regarding your projects.
  • Managing your messaging and promoting new kinds of work during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Contact Elin at [email protected] with few sentences about yourself, your project and your areas of concern. 

N.B. This offer is not a script reading service or programming opportunity. It is to support artists and companies in developing powerful theatre, performance or cultural projects. This free consultancy offers support at the very beginning of a new project, or in the early stages.