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

Open Lab in collaboration with A Nation’s Theatre

We are working with A Nation’s Theatre to offer two companies based outside of London, the opportunity to a space to experiment and take risks without the expectation of a final product.

If you'd like to apply, please read the application information found in the file below and answer the questions provided in the 'Open Lab Application - A Nation's Theatre' to form your proposal.

Send your proposals to, titling your email with your company/artist name and ‘A Nation’s Theatre Open Lab application’.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 5 February 2016.

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