Barbican Open Lab 2021

The Barbican Theatre team has selected six artists for their Open Lab programme.

The scheme gives artists the chance to research and develop a new project. As well as a cash grant, we offer training sessions with our staff and industry experts on topics including marketing, fundraising, and creative learning; sessions with a mentor; access to one of our Theatre producers for advice and support; and rehearsal spaces at our Centre.

Sadeghian will be developing Dual دوگانه, her play that explores ideas of identity and belonging to two cultures. She aims to develop it into a modular format, so it can work in different mediums and platforms. ‘What happens if you just do a design-based version that can exist as an installation? What if you make it just spoken word? I want to explore the different ways it can be pulled apart and also what happens when they come together,’ she says.