Live Theatre Bursaries

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Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019

Would you like £2000 to develop an outstanding, imaginative piece of theatre?

Applications are once again open for the Live Theatre Bursaries of £2000 to support innovative approach to story-based theatre.

The bursary winners will also receive dramaturgical and producing support, rehearsal/R&D space and a performance slot at the Elevator Festival 2020. We want to see something new and unexpected so send us your innovative ideas and tell us what you have to say.

This is an open opportunity to UK based individuals, collaborations or companies.

Previous bursary winners include Rat Boy by Christina Berriman Dawson and Lee Mattinson (now scheduled for full production in autumn 2020), Nuclear Futures by Gameshow Theatre, Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Claokroom theatre, Lists for the End of the World  by fanSHEN The Soaking of Vera Shrimp by Alison Carr and Captain Amazing by Alistair McDowall

'For young artists, it is a luxury to have the time to dedicate to the process of making a show, without constantly have to think about the end product. Having the support of Live Theatre gave us more confidence, we got to meet other artists working in the building and we had a space to develop and thrive'  Cameron Sharp and Jake Jarret, recipients of 2018 Bursary for Wank Buddies which will be performed at Elevator Festival this year

"Winning the Bursary last year helped us make a show we're now very proud of but also more importantly, as newcomers to the region, gave us a home. Presenting our work to audiences, next to other exciting companies, really helped us develop what we were trying to do - that's what every artist needs!"  Rachel Briscoe - fanSHEN (bursary Recipients 2016)

How to Apply

Please send proposals on one side of A4 outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work. 

You may also want to send images and video links of the idea or previous projects.  

Live Theatre aim to meet everyone's access requirements, so please specify any access requirements for you or your team, in your application.

Deadline:  Proposals should be sent to by  Monday 22 April 2019.

Bursary criteria

  • Originality of the idea and its suitability for theatrical production.
  • Story-led
  • Complimentary to Live Theatre's aims and current programming.
  • Artistic process- plausibility/ evidence that the artists involved will competently see their project through.
  • Exciting content and form that will challenge both artist and audience.
  • Does the project proposed give platform to under-represented groups within the arts?
  • We are looking to develop a new piece of work, work that has been developed to full production elsewhere is ineligible.
  • Why now? Why Live Theatre?

For more information and to apply click here

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