Farnham Malthings-award of up to £10,000 to create a new piece of theatre for libraries

Farnham Maltings and NRTF are inviting proposals from those who want to create theatre for libraries. They are looking for ideas that are enticing and relevant and that might not look like theatre; it might be based in variety, comedy, or escape rooms. The work should be able to happen within the library space and alongside other library services. It should feel disruptive without disrupting. It might incorporate digital or live performance or both. It might be for one person at a time or for many. It should feel most at home experienced within the library space and usual opening hours.

The work should appeal to the diverse range of library users and be enjoyed by anyone aged 7+ It might be a new idea, already in development or an existing piece that needs time and funds to adapt it fully to a library setting.

The work will be developed in partnership with a library in Buckinghamshire and Surrey from Summer 2021 and be presented for audiences in those spaces in Autumn 2021. They hope there will be potential for this work to further tour to other libraries in both counties in Spring/Summer 2022.



9am Wednesday 26 May 2021

Proposals will be shortlisted by a small curatorial panel, and we are looking for 1 project to take forward to work with a host library in Buckinghamshire and Surrey.

Decisions will be based on:

  • The creative idea and ambition
  • the approach to engaging and challenging audiences, both practically and authentically
  • the approach to working with the library service
  • Its suitability to tour to other libraries, in other locations.

Short listed applicants will be contacted by 11 June 2021.

Those short listed may be asked for further information at this stage, a small fee will be paid for your time to prepare and supply this detail if it is required.


Published on:
10 May 2021
Opportunity deadline:
26 May 2021


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