‘All Tomorrow’s Theatre’ with Battersea Arts Centre and Camden People’s Theatre

Wednesday 18th – Thursday 19th May 2016 

Battersea Arts Centre, along with a whole host of organisations across London are part of the first ever ‘A Nations Theatre Festival’, a two-month celebration of theatre and ideas being generated across the UK.


More on A Nation's Theatre


At a time when theatre is beamed out of London across the nation's cinemas, A NATION'S THEATRE intends to shine a light on exciting and diverse theatre being made outside London, across the UK. It hopes to scratch the surface of the UK's theatre, seeking to understand changes that are taking place across the theatrical landscape, sparking creative conversations about the state of theatre today and its future.


Over the period of a year the Guardian is hosting a series of live debates in venues across the UK and growing a library of articles and blogs that each explores different aspects of theatre across the four nations of the UK. The next of these will be hosted in Cardiff as part of the Big Democracy Project (link)


In the Spring this year there will be a climactic season of theatre and projects taking place in London venues but created across the UK, helping reconsider the nation's theatre map.


As part of that celebration, Battersea Arts Centre and Camden People’s Theatre have teamed up to produce All Tomorrow’s Theatre’, a two-day residential for up to 40 artists making work outside of London. Starting with a tour of London venues and culminating in day of performance and discussion, All Tomorrow’s Theatre aims to create a platform to share work, to draw attention to artist support nationwide and provide a space to discuss the philosophy and practice of "artist development" more widely. We want the event to be a vehicle for us all, artists, producers and venues alike, to share experiences, and question how artists across the UK might be better supported whilst being inspired and invigorated by the work on offer.


National Theatre Wales has been selected as one of the producer partners, along with The Nuffield, Southampton, Derby Theatre and the Arc Stockton.


The residential will be made up of work-in-progress performances, pitches and teasers of future projects, talks and discussions, tours of partner venues (London based) and networking opportunities.


We want to hear from artists who are interested in being a part of All Tomorrow’s Theatre and who have a work-in-progress performance, pitch or teaser of a new experimental/devised performance project that is representative of work that is being generated and supported in Wales. The project/artist may have an existing connection to NTW, or not. Both is fine.


What is on offer:

  • The organisers will cover your travel to and from London
  • Accommodation for one night
  • Food and refreshments throughout the event
  • £20 per diem x 2 days


The intended audience for the performance and discussion event on the 19th will be other artists involved in the event plus artists and producers/ producing venues from London.


The emphasis for this work is on the way artist development initiatives are working across the UK and the work being made outside of London. With that in mind, if you would like to be considered to join the trip please send a submission to simoncoates@nationaltheatrewales.org by noon on the 7th March 16.

You should include:

  • A brief introduction to you and your work, and the development initiative with which you had support for example WalesLab
  • A description of the project in full, and 
  • A description of the work-in-progress performance or pitch you’d like to share (we’d encourage you to be creative about what and how you share it – site located work is encouraged)
  • A brief outline of the technical specification required (only basic tech will be available)
  • Full contact details


The work will be presented twice during on the the day (19th) in one of two theatre spaces at Battersea Arts Centre (at least 7x7m stage with basic lighting). However, if a studio space is not the right environment to share your ideas, we can consider ways to locate work around the building, making use of foyers, hallways, nooks and crannys. We will also be looking at the possibility of work taking place outside the building


Do get in touch if you have any questions!

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