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“LOVE is the People’s Power”

-Tupac Shakur

You BEAUTIFUL incredible Humans! You HEROES. Our hearts are FULL.

We mentioned in our last letter that it takes a village … AND after our sad farewell, your outpouring of love and support, your messages and your hundreds of letters of expression to the Arts Council have helped turn a goodbye into a

HELLO! Is it a FESTIVAL of NEW WORK, you’re looking for?!

YOUR love has manifested this.

And we want to create a space for you all to share your brilliant selves and the Art that you do.

We didn’t receive the full amount of funding requested and we are also 2 months behind what would have been our usual schedule but we are DETERMINED to make something magical with you all.

SO, deep breath, WE ARE TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR SCENE + HEARD 2023.

Scene + Heard: The Festival Of New Work will of course be taking place with our dear hosts and friends at the good ship Smock Alley Theatre from 9 – 26 FEB 2023. There will be producers workshops, pitch n’mix, chats, advice, introductions, collaborations, building your tribe and developing your work with the help of gorgeous audiences.

And if you, dear reader, are one of our fabulous industry partners expect a phone call at any moment, to gently persuade you to come on board this caravan of love once again!

Let us also take this opportunity to salute The Arts Council who took the time to respond to our appeal and gave us the opportunity to be re-assessed.

It’s gonna be a whirlwind of bright colour after such a period of darkness, do get involved, come and shine your light ..

SO, open up the drawers you locked those amazing ideas in, and let those superb scintillating synapses spark.

Our callout remains the same. We want your LARGEST, LIVELIEST and LOFTIEST ideas. The secret things you’ve always wanted to try. The merging and melding of different genres, different styles and different cultures. The only rule is that this is NEW WORK, never before SEEN OR HEARD.

Go BIG. Be BRAVE. Be BOLD. Be BRILLIANT.

Bite the bullet, and bang that big blue button below.

DEADLINE is SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER at the witching hour (midnight!)

Brace yourselves…….