We always say that the strength of Pitch Up, our friendly gathering of theatre makers and venues, comes from the fact that programmers and artists pitch alongside each other.
Rather than artists having to genuflect to sell their wares to gatekeeper programmers, Pitch Up emphasises our shared purpose when it comes to making new theatre and reaching audiences. We’ve been rewarded with increasingly popular events that buzz with conversations about new ideas and possible collaborations.
Last week’s Pitch Up, which was hosted by Oxford Playhouse, Arts at the Old Fire Station and Offbeat festival, showed us again that there is a real appetite on both sides to share ideas and ambitions. For the first time we actually had more venues pitching than theatre makers. The conversations continued long after the pitches had finished. house aims to promote a culture of generosity across our region’s theatre community and it was great to see a room full of people energised by this spirit of openness and cooperation.
We aim to hold Pitch Up twice a year and for it to continue to play a valuable role in bringing theatre makers and venues together across the South East.
by Richard Kingdom, house Projects Manager, January 2018