Live Theatre Bursary- Submissions Now Open

Submissions are now open for the annual Live Theatre Bursary. The bursary is for £2000 to develop a new piece of text-based theatre. This is an open opportunity to UK based individuals, collaborations or companies.

Live Theatre, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, offers annual bursaries of £2000 to support innovative approaches to text-based theatre making, for outstanding, imaginative, theatrical ideas which say something new and unexpected.

Bursary winners receive dramaturgical and producing support, space for R&D and rehearsals, and the opportunity to have their work performed at Live Theatre, often as part of Elevator Festival. Bursary winners are selected through an open call out launched in spring each year.

Bursary winners for 2017 are Katie Bonna for Paper. Scissors. Stone, Christina Berriman Dawson for Rat Boy, Gameshow Theatre for Nuclear War and Rebekah Bowsher for Spoon Theory, all of which can be seen at Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival between Saturday 10 and Saturday 17 March.

Previous bursary winners include fanSHEN, which developed Lists For The End Of The World, presented at Elevator Festival 2016 and performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017; Alistair McDowell for Captain Amazing and Alison Carr for The Soaking of Vera Shrimp both of which were developed into full length plays and presented at Live Theatre.


How to Apply

Please email your proposal of no more than 500 words or 1 side of A4 outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work to You may also want to include images and video links of the idea or previous projects.


Deadline: Friday 16 March, 5pm



Contact Details

Event dates:
2 Dec 2018 -
16 Feb 2018


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