‘… my words started walking round the stage, and turned into expressions, glances and tears.’

– 2016 programme participant

Programme announcement

Following our 2017 programme, for which we selected three talented translators working from Finnish, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese to support, we are thrilled to announce that applications for [Foreign Affairs] Translates! 2018 open on 10 April.

Aiming to break the often solitary process of translation, [Foreign Affairs] Translates! is a practise-based programme designed to give theatre translators the opportunity to see and respond to their work performed whilst still in development. Bringing them closer to live performance by immersing them in theatre practice, it gives participants the tools to facilitate a more symbiotic relationship between performance and text.

Applications are now open

Applications close Thursday 24 May, 17:00.

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The Programme

Our belief that cross disciplinary work between the theatre and translation worlds can have a major impact on the professional development of emerging theatre translators led us to offer this space where translators can safely navigate the practicalities of their craft in a collaborative environment.

This programme is designed to facilitate the process of plays being translated into the English language.

The programme is open to students of theatre translation as well as emerging and established theatre translators and consists of the following elements:

  • Readings – we will journey with you from first to final draft giving you the opportunity to hear your text out loud at every stage.
  • Practical workshops – sessions with our creative team exploring alternative approaches to the text; advice and support on the practicalities of translating for theatre from our artistic team and your peers.
  • One-to-one mentoring sessions – session with a high-profile translator or expert in the field of translation allowing for extended, detailed conversations about your work.
  • Showcase – we will host a public presentation of selected extracts from translations by programme participants.
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