First Bite Festival 2019



02nd March, 22nd March and 05th April 2019

Presented by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre

Commissioned by Midlands Art Centre and In Good Company

Supported by Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre & Camden People’s Theatre

The First Bite Festival is an eclectic mix of extracts and ideas from some of the Midland’s most exciting theatre makers.

We are looking for submissions from theatre makers from across the Midlands to take part in a festival of scratch performance.

First Bite will take place at 3 different venues, across 3 dates:

02nd March 2019 Midlands Art Centre (

22nd March 2019 Derby Theatre (

05th April 2019 Attenborough Arts Centre (

First Bite is an exciting and unique opportunity for artists/companies in the Midlands to develop new ideas and perform work in front of an audience of theatregoers and national venues/industry professionals. The festival operates an open-access application process.

All artists presenting work will be paid a fee and three of the programmed companies will go on to receive a commission of £3,000 to develop the work and to present it at its next stage, alongside a showcase of new performance work, during Bite Size at Warwick Arts Centre ( on 18th January 2020.

The commissioned companies will also have an opportunity to show their work in London in partnership with Camden People’s Theatre (

Application deadline: MONDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2018 @ 6pm

All partners share a commitment to inclusive practice and particularly welcome applications from D/deaf and disabled producers/makers. Where possible, we will assist in meeting additional access/support costs. Should you or your colleagues/collaborators require an easy read application form, or if you would like to contact someone about alternate ways to apply please email or call 0121 242 1493.

For more information and details of how to apply, download the information below.


Monday, December 3, 2018 - 18:00
Monday, October 15, 2018