Open Lab

Open Lab gives artists the space to experiment in a working theatrical space without the expectation of a final product. We programme 15 Lab weeks over the year in The Pit.

We focus on artists collaborating across, and often beyond, art forms. It’s not a place to rehearse, it’s a laboratory to experiment in.

We accept proposals from artists from all disciplines who:

-Are at the beginning of a cross arts and/or participatory idea or question
Want to try something that scares them
Are curious and brave who want to explore process with new collaborators

Alongside the Labs, we also invite artists to a range of activity including
CPD training weekends, cross arts residencies and masterclasses, Connecting Conversations-themed dinners and discussion events, as well as seminars and networking evenings. If you'd like more information contact

'The Open Lab has been fundamental in our development as a company.  We were able to work on new ideas for our new show Scary Shit and there was no pressure to rush the work for a sharing, this gave us the openness and time to really experiment with our performance processes. It was such a brilliant experience and a wonderful place to have a creative residency. Our work has since been booked at a number of venues and opened up really important opportunities.'
Rhiannon Faith – Open Lab artist

How to apply
Applications are now open for Open Lab 2016. If you'd like to apply, please read the Open Lab Application Information guidelines and answer the questions provided in the Open Lab Application to form your proposal. 

If you have any questions, please email

Photograph of Brave New Worlds taking part in an Open Lab. Credit: Camilla Greenwell