Seed commission call-out- Artists from BAME backgrounds

With the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Camden People’s Theatre offers six seed commissions annually to artists from BAME backgrounds, to support the development of innovative new theatre projects. Two of these commissions are on offer in Spring 2019: successful candidates will receive £750, the equivalent of one week’s rehearsal space, and the opportunity to present a ‘scratch’ performance (up to 25 mins long) as part of their artistic programme.

These commissions are offered to artists of colour in recognition of the fact these artists are currently underrepresented in contemporary theatre. Successful projects to have emerged from the scheme include Lanre Malaolu’s Elephant in the Room (later recipient of CPTs Home Run commission), Paula Varjack’s The Cult of K*nzo and HighRise Theatre’s Merryville.

Please note, they are unlikely to consider ‘plays’ as traditionally understood, ‘new writing’, formally conventional work, straight monologues, or any work made according to the usual writer-director-actor hierarchies. They cannot accept scripts as part of your application.



Fri 8 March, 10am


What they’re offering

  • £750 seed commission
  • Marketing support, inclusion in brochures (where possible), website, social media activity
  • Technician to support get-in, and to operate your show
  • Equivalent of one week’s rehearsal space between late March and June 2019; and a performance on either April 28th or June 17th as part of a CPT Big Bang scratch night
  • Ongoing development opportunities. CPT hopes that seed commissions lead to longerterm relationships with artists; they will do what we can to offer projects further support.

What they’re looking for:

  • New work, in line with CPT’s priority focus on questions of current social, political or cultural pertinence
  • Unconventional and innovative work
  • Devised, self-made and solo work
  • Off-site work
  • Interactive work
  • Live art / cross-disciplinary work


Published on:
26 Feb 2019


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