The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance 2019-2020

The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance is an opportunity for a UK artist to develop and present an early staging of a new performance-based project in Glasgow and London. The award is open to any proposal that seeks to explore the form of intimate performance.

The Award provides:

  • An opportunity to explore a project idea in two stages – both in Glasgow and London. 
  • £4,000 project commission towards the awardee’s fee and expenses in the development and presentation of the proposed project and performances in Glasgow and London. 
  • Development/rehearsal space at the University of Glasgow and National Theatre of Scotland for the initial phase and at Battersea Arts Centre for the subsequent development (exact dates tbc, and subject to availability) 
  • They will work with the awardee to define the correct context for the sharing of the project. They would like there to be a public outcome in Glasgow during May 2020 (13th May to 1st June approx) as part of the Take Me Somewhere Festival and in London as part of The Sick of The Fringe Festival (2021). 
  • They will also work with the awardee to determine the most appropriate location for the sharing. It may be best suited to a Glasgow or London venue but they may want to follow Adrian’s path of using sites or participatory/community settings.
  • Two weeks residency accommodation in BAC, (Dates TBC) 
  • Return travel to London for the BAC stage if not based in London.
  • Any travel to and from Glasgow must be factored into the £4000. 
  • Mentorship from Professor Deirdre Heddon of the University of Glasgow. 
  • Advice, guidance from LJ Findlay-Walsh (Take Me Somewhere, Artistic Director) and representatives of the other project partner organisations as well as practical support from the Take Me Somewhere team. 
  • They will work with the awardee to set and manage the project commission budget and provide producing support to the awardee including contracting of collaborators.



  • Applicants must be based in the UK and must have been working professionally for a minimum of three years.
  • You do not need a track record in intimate performance but you will need to demonstrate a commitment to exploring this field in your application.
  • Some areas that you may wish to consider:
    • The impact of the size and proximity of the audience 
    • The audience as active in the performance 
    • The use of autobiography 
    • The creation of immersive environments 
    • The personal as political
    • The ethics and duty of care around the relationship to the audience  


18:00 Friday 20th September
Interviews: Wednesday 2nd October at Battersea Arts Centre, London
Glasgow performances as part of Take Me Somewhere Festival: Between May 13th and June 1st 2020
London Presentation: The Sick of the Fringe Festival, London (Feb, 2021)

Published on:
30 Aug 2019


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