Celebrating and promoting the best new work from the Midlands

First Bite & Bite Size

Bite Size and its sister festival First Bite exist to support, commission and showcase new work from the Midlands. The activity runs across four public events and includes a fully supported commissioning process for three regional theatre makers.



Bite Size 2017

The showcase for Midlands theatre making.

Warwick Arts Centre | Saturday 7th October 2017

Bite Size Festival returns to Warwick Arts Centre with another exciting programme celebrating some of the most intrepid and original theatre makers from the Midlands. A chance for you to sample a range of great theatre in one place on one day.

Expect a diverse and exhilarating collection of shows from well-established companies alongside those you may not have seen before. Experience pieces in development, excerpts from brand new productions, full shows and work developed in London by our 2017 partner Camden People’s Theatre. Following the 2017 First Bite Festivals - check out the three Bite Size commissions: Paul O'Donnell’s We’ve Got Each Other, Maison Foo’s The Interlude and Serious Business’ Captain Simon.

The day-long festival includes Charge – a brand new dance-circus performance from the exceptional Motionhouse. 


Now available to book online

All the day’s events are split into six sessions.

Tickets for each Bite Size session can be purchased individually.

Or you can make the most of the fantastic Day Pass offer that lets you see all the events for just £29 (including Charge).

Day passes are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Bite Size Festival Line-up 2017

Library Lion | United Artists

The Interlude | Maison Foo

The Female Warrior | Talking Birds

Horizontal | Suriya Aisha

BULLISH | Milk Presents

An Island Nation | Francesca Millican-Slater

The Fear of Fear | Stephanie Ridings

The Audit | Proto-type Theater

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here | Barrel Organ

Elephant and Castle | Tom Adams & Lillian Henley

The Nose That Nobody Picked | David Parkin

The Black Cat | LaPelle's Factory

Captain Simon | Serious Business

SEXY | Vanessa Kisuule

Charge | Motionhouse

We've Got Each Other | Paul O'Donnell


First Bite 2017

First Bite is back and it's bigger than ever!

Join us for a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the Midlands.

For the first time in its history First Bite will take place across three events, in both the West and East Midlands. The Festival will give you the chance to see regional theatre companies show work in progress, test new material and look for feedback to help them develop their shows. Three of the pieces seen across the First Bite events will be commissioned by the festival partners, receive financial support and mentoring from China Plate, leading up to guaranteed slots at Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre in October 2017. 

Alongside this will be opportunities to meet the artists taking part as well as key industry figures who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about working in theatre or how to make work of your own.

Be there at the start and help us mould the future of theatre in the Midlands! Check back here or sign up to our newsletter for confirmation of line-up, events and performance times. 



25th March 2017 | Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester)

7th April 2017 | Derby Theatre

22nd April 2017 | mac birmingham


Applications for First Bite 2017 are now closed.

Commissioned by mac birmingham, In Good Company and Warwick Arts Centre

Supported by Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester), Derby Theatre and Camden People's Theatre

First Bite Festival Line up 2017

We're delighted to announce our brilliant line up of artists and shows that will be presenting work as part of First Bite Festival 2017. 

Attenborough Arts Centre | 25 March, 7pm

Work in Progress | Belonging

Anna Poole | Gretel

Hannah Sullivan | I'll Sing From Where I'm Sitting

Paul O'Donnell | Beautiful

The Other Way Works | A Moment of Madness



Derby Theatre | 7 April, 7pm

Susie Sillett | The Cost of Money

The Bone Ensemble | Chocolate - The Cabaret!

Mooville Theatre CIC | SUFFERING

Maison Foo | The Interlude



mac birmingham | 22 April, 4pm

Jack AG Britton | MIGHTY

Serious Business | We Are Men - Sorry

Flickbook Theatre  | Casket Case

Noctium | The Woman and the Wobbulator



mac birmingham | 22 April, 7.30pm

The Unhidden Collective | Becoming Cicely

LaPelle's Factory | The Black Cat

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord | The Class Project

futuretheatre | 90 Days

Laura Ryder | The Bee Project


First Bite | Bite Size 2017

25th Mar 2017First Bite - Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester 
7th Apr 2017First Bite - Derby Theatre 
22nd Apr 2017First Bite - mac birmingham (4pm) 
22nd Apr 2017First Bite - mac birmingham (7.30pm) 
7th Oct 2017Bite Size - Warwick Arts Centre