Hurry, if you've an itch to Scratch in Keswick

Published: 1 December 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is launching its first-ever scratch night, Open Space, on February 5, in order to discover and develop local creative talent, and to offer an opportunity for artists to explore new ideas, experiment and test material in front of an audience in a professional venue.

But hurry—anyone interested in taking part is invited to send in their proposal to the theatre by December 16.

Open Space is intended for all kinds of untried and untested work, from spoken word to music, from dance to theatre, and aims to allow anyone to test out ideas and receive feedback. Artists and groups who are selected will be asked to prepare three questions which will be handed to audience members prior to the performance, with feedback being collected at the end of the event. TBTL will also encourage conversations to continue in the bar area after the event.

Producer Zoe Bailey said, “talent development is something we’re keen to embrace at TBTL. We also want to encourage our audiences to come and support this local talent, and help further develop it.”

For details, see the Theatre by the Lake web site or e-mail scratch@theatrebythelake.com.