WHAT ARE

PILOT NIGHTS?

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.

Tessa WalkerAssociate Director, Birmingham Rep

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.

THE STORY OF

PILOT NIGHTS

THE TEAM BEHIND

PILOT NIGHTS

Jo Gleave

Jo Gleave

Joint Director
Jo Newman

Jo Newman

Joint Director
Pippa Frith

Pippa Frith

Joint Director
Thomas Wildish

Thomas Wildish

Joint Director

THE PILOT Nights 2015/16

VENUES

Each PILOT Night is hosted by a different West Midlands venue. Here are our lovely hosts for 2015/16!

PILOT Nights: March 2015

AE Harris is a studio theatre situated in a disused warehouse in the historic Jewellery Quarter area of Birmingham. The Venue is managed by Stan’s Café Theatre Company, Birmingham based theatre company that creates original devised work touring nationally and internationally.

PILOT Nights: June 2015

Royal Shakespeare Company based in Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of the world’s best known theatre companies and venues connecting people with the work of Shakespeare and connect people with Shakespeare and producing bold, ambitious work with living writers, actors and artists. The RSC are working with PILOT Nights to host PILOT Sites, where artists working in outdoor or sited settings will be able to present work in progress performances in and around the RSC.

PILOT Nights: October 2015

Arena Theatre: an intimate 150 seat venue in the heart of Wolverhampton, providing innovative theatre experiences for everyone. Their programme offers work reflecting the city’s rich cultural diversity.

PILOT Nights: January 2015

Belgrade Theatre: is the only professional theatre in Coventry and acts act as both the city and region’s commercial and producing theatre offering an exciting mix of entertaining and engaging live experiences all under one roof in their Main Stage and in the B2 auditorium.