For over ten years China Plate has been pivotal in nurturing a thriving independent theatre sector. This year we launch a 5-year programme to take some of our learning in that area and apply it to the middle scale.

There are considerable challenges facing the midscale touring circuit. Next Stages seeks to address this complex set of challenges – satisfying demand from midscale venues, puncturing a glass ceiling for a generation of talented theatre makers and reinvigorating the midscale for audiences.

Working with a consortium of venue partners, China Plate will pool resources and expertise to identify a cohort of artists successfully making live performance at other scales who are interested in connecting with national audiences through developing popular touring work. 

A preliminary research phase will look at the traditions, methodologies and models for making successful midscale shows and how these collide and/or complement models successfully employed at other scales. We will publish key points on this website in early spring 2018 and you can find out more at 2 ‘open house’ events at HOME  and Oxford Playhouse in spring 2018. 


Open House Events


HOME, Manchester  |  Tuesday 13 February

Oxford Playhouse  |  Tuesday 20 March

More details soon...