Calder Bookshop and Theatre
Residencies 2024

Our residencies offer:

• 16 hours of free rehearsal space (to be arranged on weekdays between 11am - 5pm)

• an evening at our 32-seat theatre to present your work

Give us some information about the project you'd like to work on. We will evaluate it
and give a response to everyone who has applied.


Aplication form


Ended March 9th

The Trial of Jemmy Button

A verbatim play based on old documents and letters.

Written and directed by Luis Gayol.

Wednesdays to Saturdays 7.30pm.
February 14th to March 9th.

It was the year 1830 when a young aboriginal from Tierra del Fuego was abducted and brought to England. As he was exchanged for a large pearl button, he was given the name of Jemmy Button. He was spared from being exhibited in a human zoo, as was the custom of the time; instead, he was sent to school to be indoctrinated in all aspects of English culture and the Christian religion.
After some time, he was put on a boat and returned to his land – the famous voyage of the Beagle, with Charles Darwin on board – in the hope that he would spread “civilization” among the members of his community.