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Making Work


Experiment is our quarterly scratch performance night offering an opportunity for playwrights, artists or companies to try out a new idea in front of a friendly and constructively critical audience. It’s a chance for you to road-test a new work or script, to ask particular questions of that work and to gather feedback. It is also the best way for us to get to know you and your work as we are unable to accept unsolicited scripts. 

I don’t write plays, can I still submit something? Experiment is not just about plays, if you have a creative performance idea of any kind you can submit it. If it’s something that you want to try out and put in front of an audience to help your creative development, Experiment is for you no matter what the art form!

My idea is really rough, do I have to develop it further before submitting? We like rough ideas! This is not about a finished idea but the promise of a great one. Getting it up on its feet is the first step the development process. Don't worry if you haven't figured everything out, you can ask the audience to feedback their thoughts.

We encourage a range of ideas from across a spectrum of genres, but if you are ever unsure or just want to chat to someone about your idea before submitting you can get in touch with Holly Mitchell.

At each evening we present four 10-15 minute extracts or readings of pieces in development, selected by our artist development team via a simple open submission process. Please read the Application Guidelines which outlines what information we need from you in your proposal and how we assess and select ideas.

Applications are currently closed. We will announce the dates for Experiments soon.



Actors and Directors

From time to time there may be playwrights or artists looking to connect with collaborators for the development and showing of their work at Experiment. If you are an actor or director who would like to be considered for Experiment, please get in touch with Holly Mitchell.