[Foreign Affairs] Translates! 2018

Thank you for your interest in the [Foreign Affairs] Translates! Programme. This programme is designed to facilitate the process of plays being translated into the English language.

Aiming to break the often solitary process of translation, this free six month practice-focussed programme has been designed to give theatre translators the opportunity to see and respond to their work performed whilst still in development. Bringing the translators closer to live performance by immersing them in theatre practice the programme will give them the tools to facilitate a more symbiotic relationship between performance and text.

The programme runs from July to December 2018. A showcase and programme evaluation will take place in January 2019. (Please see below for exact dates.)

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Closing date

  • Thursday 24 May, 17:00


The programme is open to students of translation (graduate level) as well as emerging and established translators at no cost to them.

Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in actively engaging in translating for theatre or in pursuing theatre translation as part of their career.

You must meet at least one of the following requirements:
  • Have had at least one translation published, whether hardcopy or online
  • Have professional experience as a translator
  • Have completed or be close to completing a degree or postgraduate course in translation
  • Have a multilingual background combined with an interest in pursuing a career in theatre translation


Obtaining permission from the rights holder and the right to work on the chosen text are the full responsibility of the applicants. Confirmation of this will be required to participate in the programme.

How to apply

To apply for the programme, please send an email to translation@foreignaffairs.org.uk with the following information. Thank you!

  • Completed application form
  • An up-to-date one page CV
  • A motivation letter
  • A 500-word sample of your work

Failure to submit the required information may lead to your application not being considered.

Selection process

Applicants will be selected based on their experience and suitability for the programme.

Applications close on Thursday 24 May, 17:00 and we will contact you by Thursday 7 May if you are being offered a place.

Application form

Important dates

Programme dates
  • Thursday 28 June – first company meeting (evening)
  • Week commencing Monday 17 September – first readings (evening)
  • Saturday 13 October – practical workshop (daytime)
  • Saturday 10 November – practical workshop (daytime)
  • Saturday 8 December – practical workshop and final reading (daytime)

Please note all applicants must be able to attend all sessions.

Rehearsal dates
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December
  • Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 January
  • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January
  • Thursday 17 January

Applicants must be able to attend at least two rehearsals.

Showcase dates
  • Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January