China Plate, whose First Bite event we hosted @ A E Harris recently, have just launched a new initiative. Called The Optimists, it is a scheme to help theatre makers who are in the early stages of their career*. It looks like good fun. For good or ill no such thing existed when we were stumbling around in 1991 and look at the mayhem that ensued.
If you feel you could be an Optimist or may know one you can download an explanation and application form here.
* We use the term career here as a quotation. Official Stan’s Cafe policy in relation to artists referring to their “careers” is in line with Mark E Smith‘s harsh reckoning.