From 2014-18, with the support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, house invested in projects that encouraged new relationships between theatre makers, audiences and venues in the house network.
The aim of the project was to enable theatre makers to create their best work, unlock the creative potential of our theatre buildings and inspire audiences. We supported a range of approaches and projects to do this, working with theatre makers of different genres and experience and venues of different scales and locations to engage a spectrum of audiences across the region. We invested seed funds of between £3000-£8000 into new ideas – further supporting some of these into production – and worked with partners to address specific gaps and offered bursaries to independent producers to work with venues.
See the full range of projects from 2014-18.
All projects had a partnership between a theatre maker and a venue in the house network at their heart. To this end, we sought to make it easier for these connections to be made by creating Pitch Up, a friendly gathering aimed at helping theatre makers, producers and programmers start conversations and share ideas.
Pitch Up will continue to run through house’s annual programme of events. Sign up to the house mailing list to get regular news and updates.
Find out more about Pitch Up.
We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in supporting the seed funding initiative, including theatre makers, venues and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.