Upstart Theatre- 5 £1000 for DARE Festival 5

Upstart Theatre are thrilled to announce their call for artists for DARE Festival 5, which will take place at Shoreditch Town Hall from 25-27 February 2021.

They are offering six artists or companies a seed commission of £1,000 to go towards the making of a new, 30-minute, in development piece of playable theatre or performance, on the theme of ‘We Demand a Better Future’. Each commissioned show will be performed three times at DARE Festival 5, and each commissioned artist/company will attend three artist development sessions (with a small fee), expert mentoring, and support from Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director and Producer.

Upstart Theatre is committed to tackling barriers to progression in the arts, and to building an artist development programme that represents the diversity of UK. As such, four out of six of their commissions will be reserved for artists who are underrepresented in the arts:

  •  one commission for working, under, or benefit class artists
  • one commission for LGBTQ+ artists
  •  one commission for artists of colour or who are from a minority ethnic background
  • one commission for artists who are disabled and / or whose day-to-day activities are limited by a long-term health condition or illness.



midday (GMT) on Wednesday 2nd December.

They also be hosting a webinar at midday (GMT) on Wednesday 18th November to introduce artists to DARE Festival.


DARE Festival 5 – Call For Artists

Published on:
10 Nov 2020


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