First Bite/Bite Size

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First Bite 2021 open for submissions – scroll down to find out more!

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

The First Bite Festival is an eclectic mix of extracts and ideas from some of the Midland’s most exciting theatre makers. It provides a platform for new work in progress from theatre makers based in the Midlands, and is an exciting and unique opportunity for artists/companies across the region to develop new ideas and perform work in front of an audience of theatregoers and national venues/industry professionals.

Three of the programmed companies go on to receive a commission to develop the work and to present it at its next stage, alongside a showcase of new performance work, during Bite Size.


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Bite Size is a day-long festival offering a vibrant snapshot of the exciting, inventive and diverse theatre-making culture of the Midlands. 

Serving up an eclectic, jam packed taster menu of theatre from the region – Bite Size includes excerpts of brand-new work, full-length shows and pieces still in development. All presented by home-grown artists – from critically acclaimed, award-winning companies to fresh faced, emerging theatre-makers.

‘Since Bite Size, our show has been programmed in multiple venues which is super exciting!’Georgie Jones (Bite Size 2019 commissioned artist)

For more information, please contact Rosie Kelly.

We’ve Got Each Other by Paul O’Donnell [Top]
Bright Places by Rachael Mainwaring [Bottom]
Photos © Arnim Friess

First Bite 2021

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We are looking for submissions from theatre makers based in the Midlands to develop new work and showcase your ideas to audiences and industry at the First Bite online micro-festival in September 2021.

This opportunity will provide 10 artists/companies from the region with the following:

  • £700 towards the development of a new idea/project
  • A chance to share and pitch the work as part of the First Bite online micro-festival
  • Support from China Plate and the First Bite partners to develop the work
  • Two of the programmed artists will be selected to receive a commission of £3000 to further develop the work and present it at its next stage, alongside a showcase of new performance work, during Bite Size festival at Warwick Arts Centre in April 2022.

Deadline to apply: 10am Monday 7th June 2021

A BSL interpretation of the call for submissions and application form is available below.

For more information, including how to apply, please visit our Opportunities page.

Presented by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre
Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre, In Good Company and Midlands Arts Centre.

Photo © Ed Collier

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