PILOT Nights provide a space where theatre-makers can develop their work and try out new ideas in front of a lively and supportive crowd; the pieces presented are all works-in-progress.
PILOT Nights has been running for over 10 years and remains an important part of the creative landscape for the independent theatre sector in the West Midlands. Open to artists from across the UK, PILOT Nights take place in venues across the West Midlands.
Thanks to funding from Arts Council England we are able to extend the PILOT Nights programme throughout 2014 and into 2015/16.
During 2014 there were four PILOT Nights, one of which was a brand new development: PILOT Sites. This event offered artists working in sited and/or outdoor environments the opportunity to test their ideas in conjunction with Birmingham Hippodrome. 2015/16 saw four more PILOT Nights, including a PILOT Sites, hosted by Royal Shakespeare Company. 2015/16 PILOT Nights events were also hosted by AE Harris, Birmingham, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
The PILOT Night [at Birmingham Rep] was a fantastic evening of new work from a variety of artists. It opened The Rep up to a range of high quality work, vivid voices and artists who, thanks to PILOT Nights, we are now working with on a more permanent basis.
Set up in 2003 by Simon Day, PILOT Nights was designed to be an artist-led platform to test new ideas and work in front of an audience, at an early stage in its development. PILOT Nights has been managed over the past few years to great success by Sam Fox and Jess (of Kindle Theatre), and Paul Warwick (of China Plate), who developed partnerships with venues across the region and increasing the support PILOT Nights was able to offer artists engaging with the platform.
On the celebration of PILOT Nights’ 10th birthday in November 2012, they handed the controls over to Jo Gleave and Jo Newman of Tin Box Theatre, and independent producers Pippa Frith and Thomas Wildish. The new team are delighted to be steering PILOT Nights on the next part of its journey.