Pitch Up Libraries

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We’re pleased to announce this season’s Pitch Up event will be hosted by Chesham Library in Chesham. This is a half-day event welcoming theatre-makers, producers, venue programmers and, for this particular event, library staff! The event will focus on connecting theatre-makers creating work for libraries, and library teams looking to host performance in their buildings.

It will include a keynote by Sue Williamson, Director for Libraries at Arts Council England.

What is Pitch Up?

Pitch Up is a half-day event hosted by Farnham Maltings as part of the South East venue network and touring initiative, house. It’s made up of 5 minute presentations from theatre makers who have created and want to create work for libraries and 2-5 minute presentations from libraries and other venues about their spaces. ‘Pitches’ are presented in a spirit of openness and collaboration, ensuring it’s a valuable event whether you’re pitching or not.

Who can attend?

  • Anyone from a Library Service in the South East
  • Theatre-makers creating or wanting to create work for libraries or similar spaces
  • Arts venues, rural touring schemes and arts initiatives connected to (or looking to connect to) their local library/ies

If you’re unsure if this event is right for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Katy Snelling at katy.snelling@farnhammaltings.com

How do I book my place?

Register for free via Eventbrite


If you’d like to pitch…

I’m a theatre-maker. How do I apply to pitch?
Please apply online by written application. Please read the guidelines carefully, and submit your application before 12noon on Friday 24 January 2020. Alternatively, you can download application form here.

I’m a library or venue. How do I apply to pitch?

If you’re from a library or you’re a venue programmer and you’d like to pitch (a 2 minute intro to who you are and what you would like to do with your spaces) please contact Katy Snelling for information and to register your interest.

Pitches do not need to be formal presentations – they are a way to introduce yourself and your library, service or venue in order to start conversations with artists and other venues/organisations.


What does the day look like?

The day includes time to hear pitches and time to meet new people and connect through informal conversations.
Rough structure of the day*:

13:00 – arrivals for familiarisation of space (pitchers only)
13:15 – doors open for non-pitching delegates – with refreshments
13:30 – welcome and introduction to all pitchers – Key Note Speaker Sue Williamson, Arts Council England Director, Libraries
13:45 – pitching session one
14:20 – venue pitches session one
14:30 – break for refreshments and conversations
15:15 – pitching session two
15:50 – venue pitches session two
16:00 – break for refreshments and conversations
17:00 – closing comments

*This could be subject to change


Venue and accessibility

This event will be hosted at Chesham Library, Chesham. It’s a 3 minute walk from Chesham Tube Station at the end of the Metropolitan Line.

The space is wheelchair accessible. All pitches will be amplified and live-captioned by Stagetext. This event will not be interpreted by a BSL interpreter.

If you require additional support or have any additional access requirements, including if you require a Personal Assistant or carer ticket, or BSL interpreter, please let us know by emailing Laura Woodward with as much notice as possible. We will do our best to accommodate your needs, but will let you know either way.

Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee.

More information about the venue.

Questions: 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 from the Farnham Maltings / house team.

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This forms part of Farnham Maltings’ project to increase and improve the relationships between library spaces, performance spaces, audiences and theatre-makers in Buckinghamshire and across the South East and East of England. It’s supported by the Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire County Council and is the finale event for the South East Libraries Touring Enquiry led by Creative Arts East.