Call Out for Artists for Live Art Speed Date Newport


Live Art Speed Date NEWPORT
22nd and 23rd October

Artists are invited to submit proposals for a repeatable, four-minute long intimate encounter.

Between 18 October – 14 November National Theatre Wales will be residents in The Dark Philosophers’ Shop, one of Newport Centre’s Empty Shops (Opposite Iceland). Live Art Speed Date is part of our month-long residency of events and workshops to coincide with our 8th production, The Dark Philosophers, happening at the Newport Riverfront in November.

National Theatre Wales are working with art collective Stoke Newington International Airport to present a new concept in intimate performance and live art curation. 10 artists and performers will take over the Shop to perform individual ‘Dates’ to individual audience members over two evenings.

The event is a fairground of intimate encounters kept vibrant by the audience's constant movement between the private and public spaces, and their comparison of the works they experience. Apart from allowing artists and audiences to engage with the short-form, intimate style and getting to the nitty-gritty of audience performer relations, LASD also asks questions about the value of live art, and how it (typically at odds with conventional theatre space and time) can be accessed. There will be further LASD events and workshops happening in the Shop between 21-24 October (TBC)

• A four minute long encounter, date or meeting for an audience of one.
• The Date should relate to intimacy, privacy, the encounter and status.
• The Date should experiment with the opportunity of being so close to, and alone with the individual audience person.
• Performances will take place in a private booth or at a table.
• These are guidelines and a starting point. We want you to feel free to interpret them.

Don’t be afraid to go that little bit too far. Intimacy is a powerful thing and not to be wasted.

This is a fantastic opportunity for artists who want to:
• Experience and explore the one-on-one performance concept
• Test out new fragments of ideas
• Widen networks
• Try something new!

Newport-based artists and those with a connection to Newport are prioritised but this should not exclude others from sending in proposals.

LASD has been produced at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe, Arcola Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, STK, Bristol Old Vic, for the British Council at the Tokyo performance Market and at Wednesbury Town Hall as part of Fierce’s Interrobang #2

For examples please see ;

For more information or answers to questions please email or

Email your proposal to by noon on Friday 15 October.

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