What happens now? PILOT Nights Survey

Hello out there to artists, audiences and venues.

Wow, it’s been a long year, but the sun has been shining again, restrictions are lifting…and we’ve even heard that some artists out there have actually made it into rehearsal rooms together, which makes us very happy! But despite nuggets of good news, still, are you asking the same questions that we at PILOT Nights are asking?

“What happens now?”

Through our lockdown slumbers over the past year, the PILOT Nights team have been continually wondering about our next steps to best support artists in the region. We are considering options to repurpose the current PILOT Nights grants, to best address challenges that artists are facing as a result of lockdown. As the theatre world is showing signs of waking up, now feels like the right time to direct our questions to artists, in the form of a survey. We want to gather as clear an idea as possible of artists’ current needs, so that we can ensure that PILOT Nights funds that are available are put to the best possible use.

If you feel willing to share with us some of your thoughts and experiences of being an artist who has been impacted by the events of the last year, we would really value your contribution to our survey. What is the reality of your own challenges, needs and hopes as a theatre making artist?

You can click on the blue button below to take you to the survey, and please also share widely with your colleagues and friends. We’ll be closing the survey on 21st June 2021 in order to feed your responses into our plans.

Click here to fill out the Survey

If you would prefer to record your answers in a voice note, you can send the file to us at pilotnights@gmail.com

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT AT BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE

On Tuesday 11th February 2020, PILOT Nights will land at Birmingham REP co-piloted by Alison Belbin and Tyrone Huggins. 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 photos and video documentation of their work, and feedback from the audience. There will also be access to some rehearsal space at Birmingham REP the week before. It will also be a great opportunity to create links within the industry and meet future potential arts partners. Accommodation and travel costs will be covered for artists travelling from outside the region.

PILOT Nights is committed to improving accessibility within theatre, and so have started to work with BSL interpreters for PILOT Nights events. Artists selected for PILOT Nights will have the opportunity to work with BSL interpreters for their presented extracts, and this process will be supported by the PILOT Nights team and the Co-PILOT’s.

Who are the co-PILOTs?

Alison Belbin:
I have been an actor, director, writer/deviser and drama worker for 36 years. For most of that time I have worked in small-scale theatre contexts with some forays into radio and TV. I like work which tells those stories which don’t get told, poses questions, starts conversations, contributes to social and political change and does so with authenticity, often gained from anecdotal research. Creating new work through collaboration with other actors and writers has always been central and has ensured that as a woman working in theatre I have been involved in creating interesting and varied female characters and telling their stories. Often the work I’ve done has been in non-theatre spaces which leads to the creation of new and challenging theatre forms and new ways of storytelling as well as constantly accessing new audiences of all backgrounds.

Tyrone Huggins
I started acting by performing in three productions a year between ages eleven and eighteen at Duddeston Manor Comprehensive (Nechells), and was in the first production of Birmingham Youth Theatre in 1972. My professional career began by co-founding the experimental, visual theatre company Impact Theatre Cooperative in Leeds. Since then my work has broadly fallen into three areas; plays – at regional and national theatres; experimental theatre – with small and local companies; black theatre – developing work and infrastructure to support it. As an artist I have always been interested in the organisational structures that are the precursor to what work appears on stage and how to redress the balance. I also have a keen interest in dance and physical theatre.

What are they interested in?

“For this PILOT Night we are particularly interested in work by artists who may not yet have accepted that they have a career, who may have begun their practice aeons ago, but are only now realising they have been working for some time and developed skills and experience. Also those who do not think of their work primarily for the stage, but would be interested in placing a twenty minute excerpt on a stage this one time. We have both worked over many years to develop opportunities for new stories to emerge and have recently noticed that the issue of ageism has grown up to surround us. We are keen to get submissions from artists interested in challenging the idea that age brings a lessening of creativity or innovation.” Alison & Tyrone

APPLICATIONS

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

To download the application form click here

Deadline for submissions:
Friday 3rd January 2020 at 5pm

Please contact us if you would like the application form in alternative formats, or have any alternative access needs.

Line Up announced for PILOT Night at Warwick Arts Centre

On 13 November 2019, PILOT Nights returns to Warwick Arts Centre, with Tina Hofman of Notnow Collective as co-PILOT.

We’re really excited to share with you our artist line up:

Mama the Musical / Aimee Berwick
YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE THIS AND NEITHER WILL I / Callum Berridge
Our Diana / Lucy Haighton & Adele Wragg
Whose Christmas is it Anyway? / Naomi Paul
It’s OK to be Naked / Tim Norwood

Our Co-PILOT…
Tina Hofman is a theatre maker, director, producer, and the Artistic Director of Notnow Collective. Born in Zagreb, Croatia (or, then Yugoslavia), Tina is now based in Birmingham. Through Notnow Collective, Tina is committed to developing a new model of contemporary performance and events that are radically inclusive of parents and carers. Notnow Collective do this through offering BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) engagement, and crèche supported performances and events.

It’s set to be a brilliant evening, and we look forward to seeing you!

Date: Wednesday 13 November
Time: 7:30pm
You can book your tickets to the night here:
https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2019/pilot-nights/

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR PILOT NIGHTS AT WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

On 13th November 2019 PILOT Nights will land at Warwick Arts Centre! Tina Hofman is your Co-pilot for this edition, celebrating the long nights, (and the Winter that’s coming) with a little spark.

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 photos 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 has begun to work with BSL interpreters for PILOT Nights events. The selected artists will have the opportunity to work with BSL interpreters for their presented extracts; supported by the PILOT Nights team.

 

APPLICATIONS

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

To download the application form click here  

Deadline for submissions:
Friday 4th October 2019

Please contact us if you would like the application form in alternative formats, or have any alternative access needs.

Co-Pilot
The Co-Pilot for this event is Tina Hofman. Tina is a theatre maker, director, producer, and the Artistic Director of Notnow Collective. Born in Zagreb, Croatia (or, then Yugoslavia), Tina is now based in Birmingham. Through Notnow Collective, Tina is committed to developing a new model of contemporary performance and events that are radically inclusive of parents and carers. (Notnow Collective do this through offering BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) engagement, and crèche supported performances and events.)

Tina’s theatre making work focuses on sifting through fragments of her lived experiences and memory. Her work examines politics on micro and macro level: grief, culture/tradition, disruptions, and seeks to air the spaces we would rather keep hidden. She is still curious about the ‘rave’ movement she was immersed into upon arrival to UK, and adores the cabaret. Tina’s work forms around movement, and she nurtures a strong playful and visual element in her narrative. Tina made work for studio theatres, site specific work in a variety of public and private spaces both in UK and abroad and one-to-one experiences and performance installations.

“As an artist I have always been drawn to the less conventional training and career paths, and have completely changed creative direction in my 30s. Also, I get excited about work open to varied and unexpected dynamics within its audiences (such as BYOB (bring-your-own-baby): carrying an element of unpredictability). As a Co-Pilot I will encourage all those who feel like they’re emerging, but are over 35 years of age, and all those considering changing directions, or coming back to work, to apply. I especially advocate for submissions from artists identifying as (im)migrant, speakers of English as additional language, those with caring responsibilities, and the under-represented.”

The Venue

Warwick Arts Centre is situated at the University of Warwick campus, between Coventry and Kenilworth, three miles from Coventry city centre. Technical support is limited but each artist will be given a slot during get-in to work with a venue technician and run with a BSL interpreter.

The venue’s access resources can be found here. Please contact Warwick Arts Centre 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 13th November 2019 

If you would like the email in any other formats please email us pilotnights@gmail.com

And the Line Up is…

Line Up Announcement!

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.

We’re really excited to announce our line up:

The Cave / Eline Hallem and John Sandall
Fashion Spies / Quick Duck Theatre
Mental / Lauren Nicole Whitter
Bedtime Songs of Separation / Rhiannon Armstrong
Sensibility / Happenchance

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.
You can book your tickets to the night here: https://wlv.ticketsolve.com/shows/873605090
We look forward to seeing you there!

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/