Midlands artists invited to apply for Amplify Festival

Published: 28 April 2023
Reporter: Steve Orme

Annual celebration: Nottingham Playhouse’s Amplify Festival

Nottingham Playhouse is inviting applications from theatre-makers who would like to take part in the 2023 Amplify Festival, an annual celebration of artists from across the Midlands.

To be eligible, companies or individuals must live in or be connected to the Midlands. Submissions can include physical theatre, spoken word, dance, devised, new writing, circus, clowning, music theatre and children’s theatre. Spaces throughout the Playhouse including the 98-seat Neville Studio will be available for performances.

The festival will comprise finished pieces, work in progress and work that is specifically designed for streaming or experiencing online.

Beccy D’Souza, the Playhouse’s artist development producer, said, “we’re aiming to programme a diverse range of exciting, innovative and interesting performances and events across the festival.

“It’s been a tough few years for a lot of theatre-makers, so it’s thrilling to be in a position to provide a platform for voices and stories from across the region as well as a place for people to come together, network and develop their artistry.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the range of submissions that come in—I’m certain there’s a rich pool of talent and work to consider, and it’s so great to have this window of opportunity to see more of what the Midlands is making.”

Applications are available at the Nottingham Playhouse web site and close at 12 noon on Monday 5 June. There will also be informal sessions both in person and online for theatre-makers to discuss the process.

Amplify is the artist development programme run by Nottingham Playhouse which aims to “develop a network where ideas can be shared, challenged and grown”. The 2023 festival will be held from Wednesday 18 until Saturday 21 October.

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