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Theatre Deli Artist Development

To submit an application for a Two Week Residency or Scratch Night + One Week Residency click here. Please read all details below prior to your application.

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Theatre Deli Artist Residencies -Spring 2017

Theatre Deli have launched a call out for a new season of Artist Residencies throughout Spring 2017.  The residency programme includes two different strands:

  • Two Week Residency in one of Theatre Deli’s London locations culminating in a shared showing and feedback
  • Scratch Night Performance + One Week Residency at The Old Library (SHARED SPACE)

Full details about both residencies appear below.


The focus of these residencies is to support artists whose work breaks the boundaries of traditional theatre by exploring the relationship between audience and performer – whether that be through exploring the nature of the theatrical space, immersive experiences, game-playing, live art, dance & music or anything else that defies definition.

Applications are open to everyone, and we strongly encourage applications from:

  • Artists whose work is based on experiential work, particularly exploring new technologies and VR
  • Artists whose work explores migration, refugees, asylum seeking. We would be very interested in hearing from artists working with, or from, refugee and migrant communities
  • Young Audiences Theatremakers who are looking to explore immersive and experiential work in their productions (specifically for July’s Scratch Night which will include child friendly performances at 1pm)
  • Singers/Choirs/Dancers whose work is based on audience interaction and/or audience response

We are looking for artists who now need time and space to develop new ideas, and are looking for support in developing this work towards a full production.

For Theatre Delicatessen,  these artist residencies are a chance to meet artists, see how they work and try to identify how we could potentially support their future development.

You can find the application form here or via the website

The deadline for the application is 13 March 2017, 5pm.

We will contact all applicants by 3 April 2017.


Two Week Artist Residencies

Successful applicants will be offered:

  • two weeks of fully subsidised rehearsal studio
  • hot-desk workspace
  • mentoring support
  • a shared showing at the end of the residency, followed by a feedback session
  • the opportunity to share their work as part of a Theatre Deli Scratch Night

The residencies will take place during the following dates:

  • 17-28 April: Deli Studios, 30 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9TP
  • 1 May-14 May: Old Library, 39 Wells Way, London, SE5 0PX
  • 19-30 June: Old Library, 39 Wells Way, London, SE5 0PX

**please make sure that all artists involved in your residency are available during the dates above**


Scratch Nights + One Week Residency

Theatre Deli Scratch Nights provide opportunities for artists to test ideas at an early stage of development with a live audience in the room.

Successful applicants will be offered:

  • one week of fully subsidised rehearsal space
  • performance slot of 10-20 minutes in a Theatre Deli Scratch Night (all previous scratch nights have sold-out)
  • theatre Deli & audience feedback
  • some applicants may be offered a chance to explore their work further in a Two Week Residency

During the Spring Season, Theatre Delicatessen will be hosting:

  • Deli Scratches, 20 May – focusing on the theme of ‘Me, You and the Machine’
  • Deli Scratches, 17 June – focusing on themes of Migration and Human Rights
  • Deli Scratches, 15 July – for the family, with Child Friendly performances at 1pm and adult themes at 7:30pm

**please make sure that all artists involved in your scratch performance & residency are available during the dates above**


The Process

The first step is to fill in our Artist Contact Form, telling us about you, your work and the idea you would like to develop.

If we feel that it fits with our focus, and we have the space, we will organise a time when we can meet and chat through the idea and your practice. If that goes well, we will work out when is best for you to come and use the space.

Before any two week residency, we will organise a time when we can get together and talk through what you hope to achieve. This will also help us identify and source anything else that may be useful – whether that be technical assistance or help in inviting people to a sharing of the work.

After the two week residency, we will book in at least two catch-up meetings – ideally 3 and 6 months after your residency has taken place. This is part of our ongoing support and will help us keep in touch with you, as well as identifying how we can help develop the work further.


The Small Print

Our aim is for you to be able to work in our spaces as free of interference as possible. We do expect, however, artists who undertake our residencies to sign a simple contract which outlines the basis of our agreement with you. This will include:

  • The times at which you will be able to access your work space
  • What you are and are not allowed to bring into the space
  • The resources we will be able to make available to you
  • Agreement that you will credit Theatre Deli’s support by including our logo on any publicity (both print and online) for the full life of the work

We will talk through the full contract with you at our first meeting.




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