Call out for new work in progress performances for online event, Tightrope

  • East Midlands
  • combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Lindsey, James and Matt


Calling all theatre-makers and performance artists for any and every medium. We want to see what you’ve been working on, and we’re sure you’re itching to show it off. TIGHTROPE is currently accepting applications for an online platform for artists to test and present new and innovative contemporary performance, receive supportive feedback, and showcase your work.

Unless you sold your earthly belongings and moved to a shack in the woods in mid-February of this year, you are probably aware of some of the challenges facing UK theatre at this time. Therefore, we have joined forces with the Attenborough Arts Centre for an online extravaganza of new works.

The venue currently remains closed to the public but will open its doors to a pre-selected few to record content on Saturday 19th September 2020. Selected artists will be invited by TIGHTROPE for their new work in progress piece to be filmed. This content will then be shared during the Autumn, as part of an online scratch event.

Please note that we will be following industry standards for Covid-19 Health and Safety for film production. This means if the piece has multiple performers they must abide by social distancing unless they share the same household or bubble. Pieces will be performed with no audience; a very small team will be present to film. Full details of the measures we are taking to ensure everyone’s safety will be provided ahead of the day.

You must be available on the 19th September 2020 for technical set up/filming, at Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA. We will stagger arrival and departure times to maximise everyone’s safety.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • £75 (to include travel costs and expenses)
  • the opportunity to engage in a creative discussion during an online Q&A, to inform the development of your work
  • access to film and image documentation of your performance after the event

Please email for a proposal form:

Deadline for completed proposals: 5pm, 21st August 2020