Applications open for a Fierce PILOT Night

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT
As part of Fierce Festival 2017 at 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

Line Up announced for Belgrade PILOT Night!

We are delighted to announce the line up for the next PILOT Night! Co-PILOTed by Strictly Arts Theatre Company the next PILOT Nights will take place at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Thursday 14th January 2016

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

Coven Theatre- My Side of It

Gina George- Thelma

Gur Arie Piepskovitz- A Passion for the Passion

Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet- The Castle Builder

Unfold Theatre Company- Why Did I Do That?

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.

 

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN for Belgrade Coventry PILOT Night!

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT
At Belgrade Theatre Coventry on Thursday 14th January 2016

On Thursday 14th January PILOT Nights will land at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry co-piloted by Strictly Arts Theatre Company. 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: Thursday 3rd December

The Co-Pilot for this event is Strictly Arts Theatre Company. Strictly Art’s mission is to turn conventional theatre on its head. Strictly Arts aims to create and revisit theatre that inspires all races, creeds and cultures to explore and embrace the differences or similarities we have through the power of live performance. Their latest show Green Leaves Fall debuted at the Belgrade Theatre in May of this year and will be returning along with a new piece next September. Their motto is: Explore, embrace and celebrate!

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 14th January, Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1GS

Line Up Announced for the next PILOT Night

We are delighted to announce the line up for the next PILOT Night! Co-PILOTed by Black Country Touring and Creative Black Country the next PILOT Nights will take place at the Arena theatre Wolverhampton on Thursday 8th October.

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

Anonymous is a Woman Theatre Company- Think of England
Ms. Hayley Davis- 5 Years
Noctium- Animate
Running Dog Theatre- Wanna Dance with Somebody
Yolanda Mercy- On the Edge of Me

See these new ideas from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and stick around afterwards for live 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 October!

Tickets are now on sale for the event and can be booked here

Thursday 8th October 2015  7.30pm| PILOT Nights @ Arena Wolverhampton
Tickets: £5
Book Tickets here

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT PILOT NIGHT At Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Thursday 8th October 2015

On Thursday 8th October PILOT Nights will return to the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton co-piloted by Creative Black Country and Black Country Touring. 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. There will also be access to some rehearsal space at the Arena Theatre. 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 7th September 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-Pilots for this event are Creative Black Country (CBC) and Black Country Touring (BCT) CBC is a three year campaign which aims to make the most of creative talent in The Black Country.  People in the area will have more opportunities to see, promote and commission a wide range of high quality arts activity

BCT is both a producing company and a touring network. We support a network of promoters across the Black Country to programme professional theatre and dance into community spaces and professional theatres. Most of our promoters are volunteers who give up their time to bring arts events to their local communities.   BCT’s own productions are created in partnership with other leading arts organisations and take place in non traditional spaces  both regionally and nationally.

As part of this PILOT Night some of the volunteers who are already participating in the CBC programme, including groups such as Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association,  will be working with us on the selection and programming of PILOT Night. 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.

A Sunny PILOT Sites in Stratford-upon-Avon

On Sunday 21st June, Midsummer Sunday no less, the second ever PILOT Sites landed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a brilliant day of sited and outdoor work-in-progress and luckily (for the outdoor pieces) the sun shone! The event was part of the RSC’s Midsummer Sundae event so, as well as PILOT SItes performances, there were family craft activities too; a few the PILOT Nights team couldn’t resist having a go at some of them too!

We will be updating the PILOT archive shortly so you can read about all the artists who took part in the day.

The next PILOT night will be back in a studio theatre and this time we are at Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton with Creative Black Country as our trusty Co-Pilots on Thursday 8th October. Applications open on the 20th July so keep an eye on our website, mailing list and social media for the call out announcement.

Line Up Announce for Royal Shakespeare Company PILOT Sites

We are delighted to announce our line-up for the next PILOT Sites event with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Alice Cooper & Claire Willoughby- Shake(speare) it off
Bright Particular- Spiced Indian Air 
The Fabularium- The Town Band of Bremen, performed by The Midsummer Mechanicals
Fiona McDonnellThe Other Stratford
Hannah Silva- Shakespeare’s Lucky Dip
Miranda La Mutanta- Where The Bee Sucks

Come and see these sited and outdoor works-in-progress from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers and let them know what you thought!

Event Details:

When? Sunday, June 21 2015, 11am-4pm,
Where? The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Bancroft Terrace and Swan Gardens

Each of the pieces, which last 10 to 20 minutes, will be repeated throughout the afternoon around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the surrounding Swan Gardens and Bancroft Terrace. All pieces are works in progress and are inspired by the architecture of the Stratford-upon-Avon-based theatre as well as Shakespeare’s words and stories. A Midsummer feast of music, craft and family activities will also take place and all events are free and booking is not needed

You can read more about the event on the RSC’s website here.