Routes North are looking for Artists to work with to make new work.

Routes North is looking for an emerging professional artist or company to make a new piece of work in early 2016.

As the initiative enters its fourth year we are offering rehearsal space along with performance dates in each of the venues, plus advice, support and guidance throughout the production process.

We are looking for work that is contemporary and relevant, that meets the challenges of theatre in the 21st Century and offers elements of innovation and originality. Whilst the performance should be designed for theatre spaces, we are open to ideas that break down the boundaries between art forms.

The package includes two weeks rehearsal space in each of the venues, which in addition to providing time and space to make the work, provides an opportunity to build a relationship with venue staff and audiences.

154 Collective - Dancing With the Orange Dog
154 Collective – Dancing With the Orange Dog

About Routes North:
Routes North is a partnership between ARC Stockton, The Lowry Salford, and Theatre in the Mill Bradford, and is an initiative to help make theatre happen in the North of England. All three of the partner venues are heavily committed to artist development, and came together in 2012 to offer a package of support to help enable one artist/company to make and tour a new piece of work. The scheme has previously supported;

  • 154 Collective Dancing with the Orange Dog (2012-13)
  • Geddes Loom Prelude to a Number (2013 – 2014)
  • Soroush My Brothers Country (2014-15)

“Thank you so much for the opportunity Routes North gave us to make Orange Dog. There is no way we would have been able to get the project/idea off the ground without the venues support.” Dan Mallaghan, 154 Collective

“Developing our first show through the Routes North commission was a great experience, one that was essential to the creation of the piece and hugely beneficial to our work as a company as a whole. The support we were given, not only technically and administratively but creatively from the three venues was overwhelming, and it would have been an entirely different, and less accomplished, show without it.” Ben Mellor, Geddes Loom

The Routes North project was a brilliant opportunity and really great step for me and Natalie as artists. We were able to show our skills as makers, audience developers and practitioners to new venues in a way that has helped us develop longer term relationships. We were able to make a show with much higher levels of support than ever before, and really saw what we do well, and where we need to push ourselves. The support from the venues was excellent, and we really felt like we were involved in a project that the venues were proud of.” Javaad Alipoor, Soroush

Geddes Loom - Prelude to a Number
Geddes Loom – Prelude to a Number

Who can apply?
This opportunity is open to anyone, but we would like to encourage applications from artists and companies based in the North region. You should have experience of producing at least one show.

What about funding?
Routes North offers in kind support only. However, we will support you to fundraise to finance your show, and have set timescales to allow time for this to happen. The selected company will be informed by the end of May 2015, providing a seventh-month period for fundraising before the realisation of the show begins in January 2016

Box office monies would be split with the artist/company 70:30 in their favour. Ticket prices would be agreed across all three venues, with an allocation of complimentary tickets for both companies/venues for press and ‘showcasing’ purposes.

What are we offering?

  • Six weeks rehearsal space – approx two weeks in each venue as follows:
    Mon 11 – Fri 22 Jan 2016 – The Lowry
    Mon 25 Jan – Fri 5 Feb 2016 – ARC
    Mon 8 – Thur 18 Feb 2016 – Theatre in the Mill
  • Six performances, two in each venue as follows:
    Fri 19 & Sat 20 Feb 2016 – Theatre in the Mill
    Tues 23 & Wed 24 Feb 2016 – ARC
    Thur 25 & Fri 26 Feb 2016 – The Lowry
  • Regular contact with venue representatives to offer advice/support. Venue staff are also available to attend rehearsals/sharings/work in progress to give feedback.
  • Marketing support – extensive support available to develop a professional marketing pack, to assist with selling work to other venues and to audiences. The company will be responsible for producing leaflets/posters, but venues will support via distribution, press, direct e/mail, website and online listings etc.
  • Audience development – where appropriate, venues will work with the artist/company to develop creative learning and other audience development activity associated with the show.
  • Technical support – venues will provide a technician for the get in/performance days (but not during rehearsal period); technical advice will also be available including support to draw up technical specifications for the show.
  • Box Office – full box office services available at all three venues to manage ticket sales and audience data collection.
  • Advocacy and PR – as the selected artist/company for this project, all three venues would act as ambassadors for the work, both in the lead up to the performances, and post-performance in terms of recommendations to potential touring venues etc.

How to apply:
If you are interested in applying, please email us a proposal (max two pages) including details about:

    • You/your company – who you are, what stage of development you are at, biogs of key members, reviews of previous shows
    • The show you would like to develop
    • How you will fund it
    • How you would benefit from Routes North and why we should select you
    • Some visuals to support your application

Please send your proposals to: by 10am on Friday 1 May.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 1 May.
Interviews for shortlisted companies will be held in Stockton on Monday 11 May 2015. Routes North will make a contribution of up to £75 per company to travel expenses to the interview.e