Funding Opportunity

Starting Blocks 2022 Call Out

Applications are now open for CPT’s unique artist support scheme Starting Blocks: a creative community for developing new theatre work.

Starting Blocks invites artists to create innovative new projects, as part of a peer network encouraging collaboration between participants. Over ten weeks, participants meet weekly to share practice, ideas and their developing works. They are given space to develop their project and practice, tailored mentoring, a participation fee of £500 and a small materials budget. The scheme runs Jan-March 2022, and participants develop works-in-progress to be shown at CPT’s Sprint festival in March 2022.

Shows the like of which we’ve never seen before: new work, new ways of making theatre, new experiences for audiences. Please familiarise yourself with CPT’s artistic priorities. We are looking for bold, innovative theatre and performance from early-career artists, particularly where it engages with issues of cultural, social or political currency. (NB we are unlikely to support new writing, revivals of classic plays, or pure dance projects.)

Applicants can apply with just an idea, or with an idea that has undergone early-stage development, and now needs space, structure, and peer support to help bring it to life.

We welcome and encourage applications from artists who identify as:

- D/deaf and/or disabled

- Neurodiverse

- Working-class, benefit class, criminal class and/or underclass

- Global majority*

- Migrant


*This includes people of Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx, Jewish, Romany and Irish Traveller heritage.

Deadline to apply: Friday 24 September at 10am. Interviews will take place on October 5 & 6.