Shoots: Anything Goes!

Studio Members scratch event, Thu 14 June

After a brief hiatus, Shoots, your favourite Studio Members scratch night, is back with a vengeance. After more curated scratch nights covering physical theatre, dance and musicals, this time we’re throwing the doors of opportunity wide open, and accepting absolutely any and all ideas, regardless of genre or performance style. You just need to convince us why your idea deserves to have a little time in front of an audience. 

Four performers/companies from the Studio Members programme will be given the chance to develop and road test 15 minutes of new material in the Lowry’s Aldridge Studio on the evening of Thursday 14 June, also providing a valuable opportunity for audience feedback to help you move forward with the project. They will also receive £250 seed funding to help in the basic development of the piece. The event will be open to the public, with tickets sold at approximately £3, with ticket income being fed back into the Studio Members programme so we can continue to offer you these great opportunities. 

‘Shoots’ is an evening dedicated to the development of ideas; projects which might one day turn into fully formed pieces and go on to conquer the world, but which for now are stuck floating around in your creative ethers, trying to find an audience. It’s about throwing an idea at the wall and seeing if it sticks, it’s about now rather than never, it’s about the spit, without the polish. 

Things for applicants to consider: 
• Pieces must be technically very simple – each group will have a one-hour technical rehearsal on the day of the event, so anything beyond basic ‘press go’ sound and lighting cues is probably unachievable in that time. No flaming pyrotechnics please. 
• Pieces will be performed on a bare stage - there will be a five minute changeover between pieces on the night, therefore you will need to be able to easily set up and clear the stage in that time. No flaming Ferris wheels please. 
• Technical rehearsals will take place the afternoon of Thursday 14 June – all performers will need to be available then as well as for the evening performance. No flaming latecomers please. 

Other than that, there are no restrictions on what you present – just take your best idea and throw it our way. To apply, please send a 500 word description of the piece you’d like to scratch plus a biog to by 5pm, Friday 18 May.