FUSE Festival 2020


Apply now to be part of FUSE, where up to six emerging artists will test a new idea over three days.

What are we looking for?

FUSE gives emerging artists and companies the opportunity to develop and share new work in a supportive and creative space. So rather than finished shows, we're looking for original ideas, which are in the early stages of development - ideas which, will benefit from the FUSE format and are in need of our support. We're looking for new theatrical works from Writers, Directors, Theatre Makers and Companies. 


All applicants should be in the first two years of their professional career, as an individual or a company and this should be the first public showing of their new idea. Performances are usually between 30 mins and 1 hour. Unfortunately, we cannot supply performers for your piece, therefore writers and directors are expected to have already secured a cast to work with and present their work. 


FUSE is open to all, but prioritises applications from artists and companies who are located within a 40-mile radius of the Shoebox Theatre.

What's in it for Artists?

  • Up to 5 days rehearsal space (9am-6pm), it doesn’t have to be taken consecutively, but it has to work around the Shoebox schedule.

  • Three hours of tech time with our in-house production team.

  • Artistic mentoring - a chance of being mentored on specific areas you feel you need developing e.g. Marketing, Producing, Funding, Creative Development.

  • Performance slot during the Fuse Festival with the opportunity to get audience feedback.

  • 50/50 box office split, so you don’t go away empty handed.

  • Marketing and PR support.

"FUSE gives you the space to be you and nurtures both your piece and your company, it feels just the right balance of support and freedom."

Whatnot Theatre, FUSE 2019

When is FUSE and how do I apply?

FUSE Festival will run from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of March 2020 at the Shoebox Theatre. Find out more about our space here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th December 2020 at 5pm. 


To apply fill out an application form and email to fuse@shoeboxtheatre.org.uk

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