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, or if you’ve got an idea or project you’d like to pitch, please download the application form here: Application form for Pitch Up Brighton

Deadline for applying to pitch is 12 noon, Friday 19 October 2018.

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 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 2 to 3 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, everyone wishing to attend must sign up to the event via Eventbrite. If you wish to have a pitching slot you must apply via application.

Please note that these events have a limited capacity and we ask for a maximum of two people per company/organisation to attend. If tickets are unavailable there will be a waiting list in operation.

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 – welcomes 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 to pitch?
To pitch an idea via a formal slot this is by application only. You must complete an application form (link needed) and send to Laura Woodward.

In order to make sure you get the most from the day, 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.

The main idea you wish to pitch must be at ideas / R&D stages. You’re welcome to mention a full production as your ‘other project’. Please read the application fully before applying.

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

If not successful in securing a pitching slot we would still highly recommend attendance for networking and relationship building purposes.

As a venue network we are keen to engage with as many venues as possible in order to reach as many venues and artists as possible. We endeavour to work with venues who 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 if you require a Personal Assistant or Carer ticket, a BSL interpreter please do not hesitate to 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 any accessibility requirements you might have please do not hesitate to get in touch with 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