China Plate are joining forces with mac birmingham, Warwick Arts Centre with the support of Greenhouse and In Good Company (Derby Theatre) to launch the 2015 First Bite Festival of new theatre work in the Midlands.
Together they looking for collaborative theatre makers from across the Midlands to take part in the festival, which will take place at mac birmingham on 2nd May.
All artists presenting work will be paid a fee and two of the programmed companies will go on to receive a commission of £3,000 to develop the work and to present it at its next stage, alongside a showcase of new performance work, during Bite Size at Warwick Arts Centre in November 2015.
First Bite provides an opportunity for artists and companies to develop and perform new ideas in a supportive and nurturing environment to an engaged audience of theatregoers and regional industry professionals. In this daylong event, artists will be able to ask questions of key industry figures about working in theatre and making theatre work. Previous Bite Size commissions include Caroline Horton’s Olivier Award nominated You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy, Fringe First Award winning For Their Own Good and Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto from United Artists and Babakas’ highly acclaimed Our Fathers.
The festival operates an open-access application process and for the first time is seeking applications from theatre makers based in both the West and the East Midlands.
For 2015, China Plate in association with mac Birmingham and Warwick Arts Centre, and supported by greenhouse and In Good Company (Derby Theatre) are looking for ten regional companies to show work-in-progress performances. Applications are due by 13th March 2015, for more information and to apply please visit:
@YourOldChina | www.chinaplatetheatre.com