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CYBER-SCRATCH Applications open!, Aktualise Theatre

  • London, UK wide
  • dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Elize and Alex


Aktualise is so excited to be taking its scratch night online: cue CYBER-SCRATCH. Due to be hosted by Poplar Union, Aktualise Theatre are determined to continue to find, support and give new work a platform despite the current circumstances. The CYBER-SCRATCH will be a streamed evening of innovative new work showing around 10 pieces, all introduced by an exciting host, and shown on Poplar Unions YouTube and IGTV on Thursday 2nd July at 8pm. It will be free to watch, with donations going to artists involved.

How it works and how to apply:

We are looking for short 3-5 minute pieces of any genre – new plays, dance, musicals, physical theatre, spoken word, cabaret, composition, interactive art, you name it. The main criteria is that it is NEW. This does not mean it needs to be related to our current situation, but we want to encourage creativity in this time of isolation. You MUST be able to film the work (if performing in it). 

Applications can be made using the google form below:

Submissions Deadline: 2nd June

We will be in touch with all applicants to let you know the outcome, piece teams together and organise rehearsal schedules. We will be offering as much or little support/involvement as necessary to each individual. This will all be done following Social Distancing Guidelines. You will then have three weeks to create/complete and film your piece.

We want to show that even though apart, we can still be connected and make connections in these times. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at, or on our social medias @aktualise.

If not, then please, if you want to be involved in any capacity, apply:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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