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 firstname.lastname@example.org
'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 email@example.com, 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