Running from 22 February to 6 March 2021, the Open Submissions Programme is a celebration of the work of Yorkshire artists, curated by a panel of audience members, local people, artists and theatre representatives. The Crucible are currently looking for artists in the region to submit work for programming on the Crucible stage as well as people who would be interested in being part of the selection panel for the Programme.

As part of the launch of the programme, there is an online meeting on Monday 30 November to welcome artists, audiences and Sheffield residents to come together to discuss the city, culture and what they want to see on the Crucible stage. A panel of 12 volunteers will then be appointed with the aim of reflecting the wide range of experiences of people across Sheffield. Led by Anthony Lau, RTYDS Associate Artistic Director, the group will then co-curate the programme of work, with recordings of the selection meetings available for anyone to view to develop their understanding of the programming process.

Whether its comedy or music, new writing, devised work, or even a piece of digital theatre, if you feel as if you have a piece that you want to share then they would love for you to make a submission as an artist in our Open Submissions programme. In particular, they are looking for the following:

  • Bold and brilliant work that is made by Yorkshire based artists over the age of 18.
  • Artists that have a unique or underrepresented voice.
  • Work that reflects the region, communities in Sheffield or shines new light on the world we live in today.
  • Work that is ready for performance rather than being at idea stage, not unlike our current Studio programming model. They will consider work in progress, but this will be reflected in the fee they are able to offer.
  • In light of Covid-19 restrictions, they are looking for work that is around 60 minutes long. In exceptional circumstances, they may consider work that runs up to a maximum of 90 minutes.
  • Work can be submitted in a variety of forms, either through the website as a written document, as an audio file or a video in response to the questions.

After the work is submitted, for transparency, every submission will be available to the public to view. Given time constraints arising out of the Covid-19 restrictions, a longlist will be created by the Artistic Team at Sheffield Theatres for consideration by the panel. Alongside Anthony Lau, the panel will then shortlist submissions and select 7-10 pieces for the Open Submissions programme.

All artists will be notified of their submission’s outcome by early January 2021, regardless if they are successful or otherwise. Shortlisted applicants may be required to provide additional information. They will endeavour to provide some feedback for all unsuccessful submissions.


For work presented, they will offer a box office split of 70/30 in favour of the artist. They understand that in normal circumstances artists and companies would be proposing work as part of a wider tour or funding structure. While they won’t be able to cover the costs of remounting a tour or rehearsing a new show from scratch, they want to ensure that companies and artists are fairly compensated for reasonable preparations costs, and will agree additional fees according to our usual day rates.

Work in progress will command a lesser fee since the presentation of work to an audience as part of a making process constitutes as part payment in kind. In this instance, Sheffield Theatres would also collate feedback and continue to support these artists.

Furthermore, Sheffield Theatres will offer the slot, crew, marketing etc. and support in kind where possible, given the reduced working hours as a result of Covid-19. They can also offer the continued mentorship of the successful applicants.


Further details on submissions will be available from 20 November and will be open until 7 December. Anyone interested in submitting work or being part of the selection panel is encouraged to join the online meeting on Monday 30 November, which is ticketed and free to attend.

Published on:
13 Nov 2020


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