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To The Stage Theatre Commissions, Creative Industries Trafford

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 18 December 2015

With our first commission of 2015 well under way – Mighty Heart, premiering new show ‘What’s The Matter With You?’ here at Waterside from 25th – 27th November 2015 – Waterside Arts Centre & CIT are pleased to announce our second commission opportunity.

With more focus on dedicated mentoring, artistic support, and career development, rather than solely on the development of a new piece of work, we are excited to hear from creatives and companies across the North.

What’s on offer
The successful company or artist will receive:

  • A £2,000 commissioning fee to support the production, towards fees for cast, crew, set design, props and script development.
  • Work closely with the in-house producer
  • Bespoke mentoring
  • Dedicated marketing support (press and print)
  • Technical support
  • Support to tour the piece
  • Support with further funding applications
  • Rehearsal space and time
  • A programmed run at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Greater Manchester

What we are looking for

As with our last commissions, we do not have a prescribed criteria in terms of style, substance, or form. However, we are particularly interested in supporting work that may not be regularly seen in Greater Manchester, that explores visual storytelling and is risk-taking and innovative in its nature.

Although not exclusive to artists and companies based in the North, we are keen to support creatives who have local and regional links.

Your proposed piece must be able to be performed in our Chambers studio space and it can be no longer than one hour in length. The commission will be performed at Waterside in the first week of June 2016.

How to Apply
To apply, please send us:

A brief proposal of your piece (max 500 words). Think about why you want to make this show now, why the commission is right for you and what sort of mentoring support you would like to receive.

A short biography of you / your company’s work with links to websites, video, photos etc.
Your contact details including email and telephone number.

Please send your application by 5pm, Friday 18th December 2015 to Charlotte Mountford on

If your submission is shortlisted, you will be invited for an informal interview to see the space and talk about your ambitions with the Waterside team. This will take place w/c Monday 4th January.

Chambers Producer Charlotte Mountford will be running an application surgery (with mince pies) on Tuesday 8th December, 10am – 6pm. Hour long slots will be available to book. Please email Charlotte Mountford with your preferred slot (ie 2-3pm) to book a surgery session. Please send your email to

In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries please contact Charlotte Mountford on

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