Call for submissions: Theatre Fest West 2018

THEATRE MAKERS There are loads of opportunities for South West artists to take part in Theatre Fest West 2018, whether you are a theatre maker with a small-scale show, are making work in non-theatre spaces, or are looking for a space to develop a new idea. We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible – either just emailing us a tour pack or sending a very brief proposal (see below). If you have any questions about this process or would prefer an alternative way of letting us know about your work – e.g. a short selfie video, then please do email us at

SMALL SCALE TOURING WORK Salisbury Playhouse is now on the lookout for small-scale professional productions that are available from 9-24 February 2018 to be part of next year’s festival, and would love to hear from theatre makers and inter-disciplinary artists who are based in the South West. Each year the festival hosts a range of work from emerging and established theatre makers, new writing companies, inter-disciplinary artists, dance companies and artists who make work for children and families. For last year’s programme click here

Please email a tour pack, saved as ‘COMPANY NAME_SHOW TITLE’ to by 9am on 11 July 2017

Please include all information WITHIN the attached document. Any information sent in the body of emails will not be considered. If you do not have a tour pack, please email us a document with the below information included under the relevant headlines.

It is really helpful if your tour pack/document includes the following information:
-Company contact information (email address and phone number)
-Description of the show
-Show images / marketing images
-Marketing copy
-Technical information
-Cost of the show or required financial deal
-Any useful supporting links

WORK IN NON-THEATRE SPACES We are also interested to hear from South West companies with proposals for site-specific projects, or projects taking place in non-theatre spaces.

Please send a brief overview of the project (no more than 250 words), cost of show or required financial deal and any known technical information to by 9am on 11 July 2017 saved as ‘SITE’ COMPANY NAME_SHOW TITLE. Please send your proposal in a separate document attached to the email. Any information in the body of the email will not be considered.

 R&D SPACE We are also able to offer R&D space for South West companies who will be developing new shows next February.

 If you are interested in developing a piece as part of the festival then please send a brief overview of your planned activity to by 9am on 11 July 2017 saved as ‘R&D’’ COMPANY NAME_SHOW TITLEPlease send your proposal in a separate document attached to the email. Any information in the body of the email will not be considered.



Theatre Fest West is Salisbury Playhouse’s annual celebration of work made in the South West. 2017’s Theatre Fest West saw performances from fantastic companies from all corners of the South West, including Stuff and Nonsense (Dorset), Pipeline Theatre (Cornwall), In Bed with My Brother (Exeter), Rachael Clerke and the Great White Males (Bristol) and John Udry punching gravity in the face (Bristol). There were workshops, R&Ds, work-in-progress sharings across Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre, Trowbridge Arts and The Pound, Corsham. We kicked off the festival with South West Theatre Symposium, where artists and industry professionals from across the region came together to have meaningful conversations about diversity and equality in the industry and to celebrate what people are already doing in the South West to drive change in the sector. To catch up on those conversations click here.

Salisbury Playhouse is delighted to be working with The Pound Corsham, Salisbury Arts Centre and Trowbridge Arts for Theatre Fest West 2018, to continue to provide companies with the opportunity to tour their work across the region.