First Bite/Bite Size

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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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FIRST BITE 2021 LINE UP!

Ten companies/artists from the Midlands were selected to develop a new piece of work and showcase it at the First Bite online micro-festival, which took place from 28 September – 1st October 2021.

The shows in development were…

Altered Skin – Fatherhood
Emily Howlett & Max Runham – The Teacup Monkey
Fatt Butcher – Fister Act
Georgia Kelly – Blood
Jess Green – Remember Me
Keiren Hamilton-Amos – Pulled
Penelope Yeulet and Lilith Harris – Where There’s a Rattle
Omar Khan – A Beginner’s Guide to Widowhood
Radical Body – Planet Alex
S.B.Cole / Rukus / Donna Briscoe-Green – Forgiven

All festival events were BSL interpreted, captioned and included audio introductions of the work.

Blood by Georgia Kelly and Pulled by Keiren Hamilton Amos have been selected to be commissioned by festival partners and programmed at our Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre in April 2022.

Presented by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre
Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre, In Good Company and Midlands Arts Centre. Supported by Camden People’s Theatre.

Photo © Ed Collier

Take a Bite 2021

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TAKE A BITE 2021 LINE UP!

Take a Bite runs alongside our First Bite programme and champions the work of young creatives based in the Midlands.

Three companies/artists aged 18-23 years, were selected by a panel of young people, to showcase a completed piece of work at the First Bite online micro-festival, which took place from 28 September – 1st October 2021.

The Take a Bite programme featured…

Daz Scott – Curfew
Jana Aizupe & Company – 1001
Out of Office – Hang in There…

All festival events were BSL interpreted, captioned and included audio introductions of the work.

Presented by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre.
Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre, In Good Company and Midlands Arts Centre. Supported by Camden People’s Theatre.

Turkey & Cranberry Sauce (2019 Take a Bite Company)
Photo © Arnim Friess 

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