Pitch Up

A welcoming gathering of theatre makers, producers and venue programmers


NEXT EVENT: Pitch Up Brighton

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 2-5pm, Brighton Dome

We are delighted to announce the next Pitch Up will take place in Brighton. You can book your place to attend as a venue, artist or company.

The deadline for applying to pitch as an artist (Friday 19 October 2018) has now passed but we invite you to register to attend.

house boyWhat is Pitch Up?
Pitch Up is a half-day event hosted by Farnham Maltings as part of the house initiative. It’s made up of 5-minute artist pitches and 1-minute venue ‘Elevator’ pitches aimed at sharing new ideas and encouraging the connections to make them happen. Pitches come from theatre makers, producers and venues in a spirit of openness and collaboration, ensuring it’s a valuable event whether you’re pitching or not.

So if you’re an artist, producer or venue involved in making theatre, and you’re looking for partners for a new project, Pitch Up is for you!

Where and when?
We host up to three Pitch Up events each year in venues across the South East. The dates and locations vary, so keep an eye on Twitter for the latest news or join our mailing list.

How does it work?
When a Pitch Up event is announced, there are three ways to apply:

  1. everyone wishing to attend must sign up to the event via Eventbrite
  2. if you wish to apply for an artist pitching slot you must complete and return an application form (please note the application process to apply for an artist pitch has now closed)
  3. if you wish to apply for a venue ‘Elevator’ pitching slot, you should contact Laura Woodward

These events have a limited capacity and we ask for a maximum of two people per company or organisation to attend. A waiting list will be in operation once the event is sold out.

The day includes time to hear pitches and time to meet new people and connect through informal conversations.

Structure of the day*:

14:00 – arrivals and refreshments
14:15 – welcome and pitching session one
14:50 – Elevator pitches
15:00 – break for refreshments and conversations
15:45 – pitching session two
16:20 – Elevator pitches
16:30 – closing comments before conversations over a drink

*This could be subject to change

How to apply for an artist pitch
To pitch an idea is by application only. The deadline to apply for an artist pitch at Brighton Pitch Up has now passed.

If you are considering pitching at future events, you may find this information useful:
We encourage you to consider why you’re pitching and what relationships you hope to gain. This is significant in your application as we’re passionate about venues and artists working together to create new work. And if you’re successful in securing a pitch, it will also help you to make the most of the day.

The main idea you wish to pitch must be at ideas or R&D stage. You’re welcome to mention a full production as your ‘other project’.

A panel will meet to decide the pitches. We try to curate a wide range of ideas. All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

If you are unsuccessful in securing a pitching slot we still highly recommend attending Pitch Up to benefit from networking and relationship-building opportunities. You will need to sign up via the Eventbrite booking page.

How to apply for a venue ‘Elevator’ pitch
Please contact Laura Woodward for information and to register your interest.


As a venue network we are keen to engage with as many venues and artists as possible. We endeavour to work with venues which provide fully accessible spaces. However, as many of the venues in the house network are listed or old buildings, we can’t always guarantee full accessibility. We will state when this is the case, and we continue to encourage venues in the South East to become as accessible as possible.

If you’d like to get in touch regarding this, we’d be happy to discuss how we can make our offers more accessible.

If you have any additional access requirements, including a Personal Assistant or Carer ticket, or a BSL interpreter, please get in touch with Laura Woodward prior to booking.

We can offer a contribution towards some expenses for artists who are successful with their pitch application. Details of this will be discussed with successful applicants.

If you have any questions about Pitch Up, including accessibility enquiries, please contact Laura Woodward from Farnham Maltings / house team.




Previous Pitch Up events

PitchUp_CJ18_Cover Cambridge Junction, June 2018

EFF booklet COVER_online Arts at the Old Fire Station and Oxford Playhouse, January 2018

EFF booklet COVER_online CanadaHub @ King’s Hall, 22 August 2017

Pitch Up OH cover_thumb Ovalhouse, 2 March 2017

 Gulbenkian, Canterbury Festival, 3 November 2016

Norwich Pitch Up The Garage, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 19 May 2016

cover thumbnail Roundabout, Brighton Festival, 8 May 2015

cover thumbnail Shoreditch Town Hall, 20 November 2014