SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT AT ARENA THEATRE

On 29th May 2019 PILOT Nights will land at Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton! Demi Nandhra & Toni Lewis are your Co-Pilots for this edition, bringing back the 90’s with a quintessential pyjama party theme.

PILOT Nights is a chance for performance makers to present up to 20 minutes of new or existing work-in-progress material, in front of a live, audience and industry peers.

We are looking for five artists at any stage of their career; we encourage artists of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, class and genders to apply. Each artist will receive a small fee of £100, professional photo and video documentation of their work, feedback from the audience and access to some rehearsal space at the venue. It will be a great opportunity to test ideas, create links within the industry and meet future potential arts partners/potential collaborators. The cost of accommodation and travel for the day of event will be covered for artists travelling from outside the region.

PILOT Nights and their Co-Pilots are committed to improving accessibility in the arts and as such will present a relaxed performance and will start to work with BSL interpreters for PILOT Nights events. Relaxed Performances are designed to be inherently inclusive of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment and who may find it difficult to follow traditional theatre conventions or etiquette. The selected artists will have the opportunity to work with BSL interpreters for their presented extracts; supported by the PILOT Nights team.

Please contact us if you would like the application form in alternative formats, or have any alternative access needs. PILOT Nights welcome applications in video or voice-recorded form as an alternative to written applications. If you wish to submit your application via a recording, please answer the questions on the application form and aim to keep the recording to under 5 minutes. We can accept applications in MP3 or MP4 format.

For selection criteria and to make a submission click here

You can also download the application form here 

Deadline for submissions: Friday 26th April 2019

We are open to performance makers from across the UK. PILOT Nights take place in venues across the West Midlands. Each event is programmed and managed by a Co-Pilot. Co-Pilots are practising artists with an interest in producing and/or curating. Having a different Co-Pilot for each event ensures the programme remains diverse and exciting, and places artists at the heart of PILOT Nights.

 

Co-Pilots

The Co-Pilots for this event are Demi Nandhra & Toni Lewis. Demi & Toni are interdisciplinary artists based in Birmingham. They make work Individually/collaboratively  that is autobiographical & socially conscious; rooted in their lived experiences as WOC/Working class/neurodiverse/queer folx. As such, their work examines ‘race’, culture, intersectional feminism, identity politics & mental health, often transgressive, subversive, humourous & quietly activist. They ‘make’ for the absolute unwavering liberation of POC. Their work has been created for beds, market stalls and from manor houses with many partners including Buzzcut Festival, Fierce Festival, Arts Admin, BAC, mac, Contact Theatre, The Marlborough Theatre and The REP Bham.

“As Co-Pilots we especially advocate for and practice relaxed performances and encourage submissions from artists identifying as: working class, QTIPOC, Non-Binary, LGBTQIA, POC and/or neurodivergent”.

 

The Venue

The Arena Theatre is situated on Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton and  is part of the University of Wolverhampton city campus. Technical support is limited but each artist will be given a slot during get-in to work with a venue technician and run with BSL interpreter.

The venue’s access resources can be found here. Please contact Box Office if you require further assistance.


If you have any questions or concerns please email pilotnights@gmail.com. We want you to apply and we want to know what you can do.

Performance date: Wednesday 29th May 2019, 7.30pm Arena Theatre Wolverhampton

 

Line up for PILOT Night at MAC Birmingham

We are delighted to announce the line-up for the next PILOT Night! Co-PILOTed by LYNNEBEC, the next PILOT Night will take place at mac Birmingham, Thursday 31st January 7.30pm.

We are excited to welcome the following fantastic artists to perform their work-in-progress pieces

The Name of the Game– Tarik Ross- Cameron

The Meat Up– Matthew Gabrielli

Ace– Kate Knight

Republic by Tom Mansfield– Upstart Theatre

When We Died by Alexandra Donnachie–  Carbon Theatre

See these new ideas from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and stick around afterwards to meet the artists and let them know what you thought.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter for more information about the artists and the pieces they will be presenting at the end of January.

Tickets are now on sale and you can book them here: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/pilot-nights-is-back

A bit about our Co-PILOT for the event…

LYNNEBEC is an artistic collaboration between Jessica Barber and Catherine Butler, forged from a shared interest in dance, circus, and visual arts. Lynnebec’s work is characterised by bold visual aesthetics, our sense of humour and swings from the intimate to the spectacular.

Twitter- @LYNNEBEC2
Facebook-/LYNNEBEC
Instagram- lynnebecompany
Email- Lynnebec@gmail.com

Performance date: Thursday 31st January 2019, 7.30 pm, mac Birmingham

 

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT AT MAC BIRMINGHAM

This 2019 PILOT Nights will be revving up for another series of work in progress events. PILOT Nights are a chance for contemporary theatre-makers to present up to 20 minutes of new, work-in-progress material, in front of a real live audience and industry peers.

The first PILOT Night will land at MAC Birmingham on 31 January 2019 co-piloted by LYNNEBEC, here’s what they have to say…

Well would you look at that: PILOT Nights are gearing up for a new series of work in progress events. We are even more chuffed that they’ve asked LYNNEBEC to climb aboard and co-pilot the first one back on 31 January 2019! 

PILOT Nights is a wonderful opportunity to test out your latest ideas/work-in-progress and get some of that all important feedback. As well as this artists will receive a small fee, professional photo and video documentation of their work. There will also be access to some rehearsal space at MAC Birmingham. It’s a great opportunity to meet people who can help take your work to the next stages and generally an opportunity to celebrate the talent and see some new work.

It’s gonna be dead great so yeah, get the pens out, tell us about your show or pop the date in your diaries. We will be hosting on the night and promise there’ll be a little LYNNEBEC flair… haven’t decided what that’ll be yet so… stay tuned… 

Performance date: Thursday 31st January 2019

Time: 7.30pm

LYNNEBEC is an artistic collaboration between Jessica Barber and Catherine Butler, forged from a shared interest in dance, circus, and visual arts. Our work is characterised by bold visual aesthetics, our sense of humour and swings from the intimate to the spectacular.

Twitter- @LYNNEBEC2
Facebook-/LYNNEBEC
Instagram- lynnebecompany
Email- Lynnebec@gmail.com

APPLICATIONS

For selection criteria and to make a submission click here.

To download the application form you can visit our website or click here

PILOT Nights welcome applications in video or voice-recorded form as an alternative to written applications. If you wish to submit your application via a recording, please answer the questions on the application form and aim to keep the recording to under 5 minutes. We can accept applications in MP3 or MP4 format.

Deadline for submissions:
21st December 2018 5pm

PILOT Nights encourages applications from diverse sections of the theatre-making community and welcomes applications from disabled artists. Please contact PILOT Nights if you would like the application form in alternative formats, or have any alternative access needs.

If you have any questions or concerns please email pilotnights@gmail.com. We want you to apply and we want to know what you can do.

We’re back and we have new team members…

We’re really excited to announce the beginning of our 2018-2020 programme and to welcome to new members to the PILOT Nights Team; Amahra Spence and Rochi Rampal. They’ll be joining existing pilots Jo Gleave and Pippa Frith to complete the core team and take the PILOT controls for the next two years.

Amahra Spence is a multidisciplinary artist and creative producer, commissioned by and collaborating with a range of organisations, including Birmingham City Council, Birmingham REP and the BBC. In 2013, she established MAIA, a production and development company building infrastructure to support sustainable creativity in cities.

Rochi Rampal is a artist, performer and writer. She regularly collaborates with a wide range of companies including regional favourites Stans Cafe and Black Country Touring.

Over the next two and a bit years we’ll be hosting seven PILOT Nights and two PILOT Sites across the West Midlands. We can’t wait to get started which remind us we need to tell you to……

SAVE THE DATE

We will be launching our programme at our FIRST PILOT Night at Mac Birmingham on
THURSDAY 31ST JANUARY
We’ll be sending out more information on submission dates very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

 

In other equally exciting news we now have Instagram so do give us a follow to keep up to date with everything we’ve got going on. Just search for pilotnights and you’ll find our account.

Less than a week to go!

Fierce PILOT Night 

Less that a week to go until the Fierce PILOT Night!

The venue is limited capacity so we would strongly advise booking your tickets online here: http://wearefierce.org/events/pilot-nights/

It’s unlikely there will be any left on the door and we would hate to turn you away!

Performance date: Monday 16th October, 7pm, Stan’s cafe venue @ AE Harris  Northwood Street, Birmingham B3 1SZ

Line up:

We are excited to welcome these fantastic artists to perform their work-in-progress pieces

-Speaking in the (oppressor’s) tongue – Selina Bonelli 

– Paris Hasn’t stopped Burning – Danni Ebanks-Ingram 

– Dorian Electra – Dorian Electra 

– Thom Tom-Thom Tom 

–  I’m Right, You’re Wrong – Ginny Lemon and Meating People is Easy

–  Homecoming – Benedict Stewardson

– Here Comes The Sun – Joseph Morgan Schofield 

See these new ideas from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and stick around afterwards  to meet the artists and let them know what you thought.

Tickets are now on sale and you can book them here: http://wearefierce.org/events/pilot-nights/

Line up for PILOT Night as part of Fierce festival

Fierce PILOT Night Line Up

We are delighted to announce the line up for the next PILOT Night! Co-PILOTed by Fierce Festival the next PILOT Nights will take place at the Stan’s Cafe venue @ AE Harris, Monday 16th October at 7pm. Kicking off the Fierce 2017 festival this promises to be a night of raucous fun and look out for a glimpse of X-Factor’s finest!

We are excited to welcome these fantastic artists to perform their work-in-progress pieces

-Speaking in the (oppressor’s) tongue – Selina Bonelli 

– Paris Hasn’t stopped Burning – Danni Ebanks-Ingram 

– Dorian Electra – Dorian Electra 

– Thom Tom-Thom Tom 

–  I’m Right, You’re Wrong – Ginny Lemon and Meating People is Easy

 Homecoming – Benedict Stewardson

– Here Comes The Sun – Joseph Morgan Schofield
See these new ideas from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and stick around afterwards  to meet the artists and let them know what you thought.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Twitter for more information about the artists and the pieces they will be presenting in October

Tickets are now on sale and you can book them here: http://wearefierce.org/events/pilot-nights/

The Co-Pilot for this event is Fierce Festival.

Since 1997 Fierce has been capturing the imagination of the city with memorable public artworks such as the ‘Birdman of Birmingham’ – a giant nest with live-in birdman installed on the Bullring Rotunda and Luke Jerram’s soaring Sky Orchestra which put the CBSO Orchestra in hot air balloons as well as many legendary dark and messy parties of provocative performance art and avant garde cabaret that have earned them a reputation as one of the most daring and fun arts organisations in the country.

Performance date: Monday 16th October, 7pm, Stan’s cafe venue @ AE Harris  Northwood Street, Birmingham B3 1SZ

PS look out for 2 great theatre shows at Fierce Festival 2017: The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein – Notorious,
Pulling from the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj and her own legendary self(ie), The Famous examines pop culture’s take on the ‘female monster’.
Friday 20th, 8pm, Saturday 21st, 2pm
Birmingham REP Studio
More info and tickets: https://wearefierce.org/events/notorious/Louis VanhaverbekeMultiverse,
In CAMPO’s latest hit show, singing and dancing, a living colour wheel is born. Can he escape this tsunami of words and objects? Is he absorbed by all this mess? Or are they actually the tools he needs to keep ahead of the flow?
Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, 2pm,
mac Birmingham
More info and tickets: https://wearefierce.org/events/multiverse/

Applications open for a Fierce PILOT Night

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT
As part of Fierce Festival 2017 at Stan’s Cafe venue @ae harris, Birmingham on Monday 16th October 2017

On Monday 16th October PILOT Nights will manifest once again to kick off the brilliant Fierce Festival 2017!  This is a chance for artists to present up to 20 minutes of new, work-in-progress material, in front of a real live audience and industry peers – and be a part of Fierce!

As it’s Fierce we’re looking for those makers at the experimental edges of things. Perhaps its queer cabaret, performance art actions, devised contemporary theatre, solo performance or anything else a bit “arty”, “weird” or “Fierce” – we’ll know it when we see it!

Artists will receive a small fee, professional photo and video documentation of their work, and feedback from the audience.  It will also be a great opportunity to create links within the industry and meet future potential arts partners.

For selection criteria click here
To download the application form click here
Deadline for submissions: Thursday 7th September

Open to theatre makers from the UK and beyond, PILOT Nights take place in venues across the West Midlands. Each event is programmed and managed by a Co-Pilot, in conjunction with the core PILOT Nights team. Co-Pilots are practising artists with an interest in producing/curating.  Having a different Co-Pilot for each event ensures the programme remains diverse and exciting, and places artists at the heart of PILOT Nights.

PILOT Nights encourages applications from diverse sections of the theatre-making community and welcomes applications from disabled artists. Please contact PILOT Nights if you would like the application form in alternative formats, or have any alternative access needs.

The Co-Pilots for this event is Fierce Festival.

Since 1997 Fierce has been capturing the imagination of the city with memorable public artworks such as the ‘Birdman of Birmingham’ – a giant nest with live-in birdman installed on the Bullring Rotunda and Luke Jerram’s soaring Sky Orchestra which put the CBSO Orchestra in hot air balloons as well as many legendary dark and messy parties of provocative performance art and avant garde cabaret that have earned them a reputation as one of the most daring and fun arts organisations in the country.

If you have any questions or concerns please email pilotnights@gmail.com.  We want you to apply and we want to know what you can do.

End of year update!

It’s been a three years since we took over the PILOT Nights controls and what a wonderful three years of PILOT Nights it has been. There have been 10 PILOT Nights,including two new PILOT Sites events. These have taken place in 9 venues across the West Midlands with a total of 13 co-PILOTS helping to curate the events. We have supported 50 artists and companies in showing their works in progress to over 1400 audience members. 

At least 16 artists and companies presenting work across this period of the PILOT Nights programme have gone onto take their work to full production, and to tour nationally. These have included Selina Thompson Dark and Lovely, 2Magpies Ventoux, Demi Nandhra Life is No Laughing Matter and Hannah Silva Schlock! to name but a few.

We’d like to thank all the artists, co-PILOTS and venues who have supported and taken part in PILOT Nights over the past two years and also to our funders Arts Council England and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust. But most of all thank you to you, our audiences, for attending and supporting PILOT Nights. We couldn’t do it without you.

We are currently planning the next two year programme of PILOT Nights and we hope to announce more details of this in Summer 2017, so keep an eye on our newsletter, website, twitter and facebook.

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year

Jo, Jo, Pippa and Thomas

Line up Announcement for next PILOT Night

We are delighted to announce the line up for the next PILOT Night! Co-PILOTed by Play More the next PILOT Nights will take place at the Stirchley Baths, as part of Art SOAK on Thursday 12th May 2016, 7.30pm

We are excited to welcome these fantastic theatre makers from across the UK to perform their work-in-progress pieces:

Major Labia – Major Labia

– Sebastian H.W. – Chokolatl

– Nathan Birkinshaw – Kayne West

– Susie Sillett – The Cost of Money

– Sinéad Brady – What would Milandra do?

See these new ideas from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and stick around afterwards for music and drinks and to meet the artists and let them know what you thought.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Twitter for more information about the artists and the pieces they will be presenting in May!

Tickets are now on sale and you can book them here: http://www.oxboffice.com/EventDetails.aspx?eid=17828

The Co-Pilot:
Birmingham based arts collective, Play More, create subversive, playful and humorous experiences in non-theatre spaces to encourage people to get involved and play .more. They have delivered work in factories, pubs, city squares and music festivals with previous partners including the mac, Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham University. They like immersive and exploratory performance, working in unusual spaces and exploring the space between performance, spectacle and game

The Venue:
Stirchley Baths is a newly opened community hub in restored Edwardian Swimming baths. You can learn more about the space by visiting the website here.

Art SOAK:
Art SOAK festival is produced by Arts Forum Selly Oak & aims to give local residents an opportunity to immerse themselves in the local arts scene with performances, workshops & creative walks throughout the Selly Oak district. 2016 will be the 5th Art SOAK.

If you have any questions or concerns please email pilotnights@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Extra PILOT Night- submissions open now!

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT
At Stirchley Baths, Birmingham on Thursday 12th May 2016

We are excited to announce that we are having an EXTRA PILOT night and submissions are now open! On Thursday 12th May PILOT Nights will land at the newly opened Stirchley Baths,  co-piloted by Play More. We’re really pleased that this PILOT Night will also take place as part of Art SOAK festival. This is a chance for contemporary theatre makers to present up to 20 minutes of new, work-in-progress material, in front of a real live audience and industry peers.

Artists will receive a small fee, professional photo and video documentation of their work, and feedback from the audience. It will also be a great opportunity to create links within the industry and meet future potential arts partners.

For selection criteria and to make a submission  click here 
Deadline for submissions: Monday 11th April 2016 9am

Open to theatre makers from across the UK, PILOT Nights take place in venues across the West Midlands. Each event is programmed and managed by a Co-Pilot, in conjunction with the core PILOT Nights team. Co-Pilots are practising artists with an interest in producing/curating.  Having a different Co-Pilot for each event ensures the programme remains diverse and exciting, and places artists at the heart of PILOT Nights.

PILOT Nights encourages applications from diverse sections of the theatre-making community and welcomes applications from disabled artists. Please contact PILOT Nights if you would like the application form in alternative formats, or have any alternative access needs.

The Co-Pilot:

Birmingham based arts collective, Play More, create subversive, playful and humorous experiences in non-theatre spaces to encourage people to get involved and play more. They have delivered work in factories, pubs, city squares and music festivals with previous partners including the mac, Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham University. They like immersive and exploratory performance, working in unusual spaces and exploring the space between performance, spectacle and gameThe Venue:
Stirchley Baths is a newly opened community hub in restored Edwardian Swimming baths. Please bear in mind that due to the restrictions of the venue there will be basic technical support and there will be no blackout in the space. There will be a main stage space created but there is also a balcony space that can be used for performance if an interest is expressed in that area. You can also view images here and learn more about the space by visiting the website here.

Art SOAK:
Art SOAK festival is produced by Arts Forum Selly Oak & aims to give local residents an opportunity to immerse themselves in the local arts scene with performances, workshops & creative walks throughout the Selly Oak district.. 2016 will be the 5th Art SOAK.

If you have any questions or concerns please email pilotnights@gmail.com.  We want you to apply and we want to know what you can do.

Performance date: Thursday 12th May 2016 Stirchley baths, Bournville Ln, Birmingham B30 2JT