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  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 WilloughbyShake(speare) it off
Bright Particular Spiced Indian Air 
The FabulariumThe Town Band of Bremen, performed by The Midsummer Mechanicals
Fiona McDonnell–  The Other Stratford
Hannah SilvaShakespeare’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.

Submissions open for Royal Shakespeare Company PILOT Sites

The Royal Shakespeare Company and PILOT Nights would like to invite contemporary theatre makers creating sited and outdoor work to submit proposals for the second ever PILOT Sites, taking place in the public and outdoor spaces of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and surround, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
RSC PILOT Sites will take place on the afternoon of Midsummer’s Day, Sunday 21 June, and form part of the RSC’s annual Midsummer celebrations featuring live music, workshops and activities for all the family.

Building on the inaugural PILOT Sites which took place at Birmingham Hippodrome in May 2014, the RSC PILOT Sites will give theatre makers a platform to show untested extracts of new work in front of a lively, supportive crowd for the first time, interpreting and responding to the beautiful and historic architecture and environment that make up the RSC’s home.

We would like to see new performance ideas that respond to this sense of place, Midsummer and are suitable for a family to enjoy together.  We are also interested to see links to Shakespeare, but work should avoid using Shakespeare’s text in a literal sense and focus instead on using his words, characters or stories as a starting point for a new idea.

The performance can be up to 20 minutes in length and the application should indicate your preferred (type of) space, and maximum audience numbers. Please note, due to the nature of the event, we are particularly interested to receive proposals for ideas that will work for audiences of 25 or more.

The spaces include:

  • outdoor – gardens and terraces
  • indoor – foyers
  • indoor – bar spaces
  • indoor – Tower top
  • indoor – Fountain staircase

To see images of the sites click here.

A contribution of £500 will be made towards expenses for each selected new piece of work.  In addition, each artist/ company will be able to access the following, in addition to the financial contribution:

  • A site visit with relevant members of the RSC team, on 20th April
  • Access to appropriate RSC staff to offer creative support for the development of the work
  • A day’s workshop with an RSC voice and text practitioner
  • Film and photograph documentation of the work

Applications should be submitted via the PILOT Sites application form accessible here, via email by 12 noon on Thursday 2 April.

If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting an application, please contact Louisa Davies, Events Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company on 01789 272367 or email

A few quick questions…

Are you planning to come to the next PILOT nights? If so, could you take 5 minutes to answer the following and we’ll reward you through performance:1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema and who took you?
2. Do you have a memory associated with this experience?
3. Your favorite Moment in a film?
4. If you were character from a film who would you be and why?

Email answers to

Thanks! and don’t forget to book your tickets here:


What we have in store for you on the 19th March…

Not Long Now until the first PILOT Night of 2015, so we thought we’d give you a little taste of what you can expect:

Demi Nandhra – Life Is No Laughing Matter

Life is no laughing matter but depression is.

I hope it is! I’m fed up of it not being…..funny!

Demi Nandhra for the sake of her own sanity is doing a show about her depression. A ‘funny’ show about depression. Delving into her past, present and not so much her future,( she doesn’t like the future, it scares her). She will talk of feelings, causes and her cure (yes she has a cure). There will be a giant edible happy pill (antidepressant) – so we can all have a nibble and feel better, a canoe, 2 yellow PVC raincoats (for the storm), a onesie for comfort and Yoko – The puppy that Demi may have or may not bought to feel better.


K.I.D Theatre Company – TAH: The African Heterosexual

TAH: The African Heterosexual shows a young man’s relationship in defining his manhood and sexuality.

K.I.D are made up of three young, black african theatre-makers; David Gilbert, Kayode Ewumi and Ibrahim Shote. K.I.D artistically aim to create theatre that can only be made by none other than K.I.D. K.I.D exist because they believe there are still discriminate concepts today of what manhood is and especially of what an African man is which need to be challenged.

JoeHancock/Joe Von Malachowski/Tom Recknell – LAIKA

LAIKA is a lo-fi musical comedy based on the real life story of the stray Soviet dog sent into space, and reimagines it as a very human tragedy of desperate measures and thwarted ambition. With singing dogs. In space.

Laika, 28*, is a single mother of two pups, dreams of escaping the poverty and starvation of life on the back streets of 1950’s Moscow.

As the Cold War escalates, Laika is offered an opportunity for stardom, and a chance for a better life for her children- but is it too good to be true?**

*Dog years.


Tina Hofman – Lucid Interval

Someone completes you, and lights up your life in every possible way. But what happens when that someone suddenly disappears? That void left behind and the division of a life in to two distinct halves – one with them, one without – is at the root of this new piece from Tina Hofman. Inspired by our most private places and the way our minds and bodies deal with a sudden change in our reality, Lucid Interval investigates the space we come to inhabit between normality and chaos when sudden, shocking loss occurs.

Zoo Indigo – Celluloid Souls

Zoo Indigo’s Celluloid Souls is an interactive and unique digital performance experience exploring our obsession with the cinema. Using live video feeds and pre-recorded material the performers dive in and out of projections, crossing the celluloid divide. Zoo Indigo use audience contribution to create a tailor-made multi media performance, including re-enactments of the spectators’ favourite films, and memories related to the cinema. The performance humorously addresses representation of gender in different movie genres, with a delicious assortment of cross-dressing, miscellaneous costumes, make up, and fake moustaches.

Please email your favorite film moment to, to feature in the performance.

Zoo Indigo is a contemporary performance company based in Nottingham, playing with the innovative integration of new technologies. Through the use of humour, popular music and the reprocessing of cultural images fused with autobiography, the company explores the banalities of the everyday juxtaposed to the grandeur of the cinematic.


Don’t miss out on seeing these new exciting ideas- book your tickets now:



Line Up Announced for PILOT Night at AE Harris!

And what a stonking line-up it is.

We are delighted to announce the line up for the next PILOT Night! Co-PILOTed by lovely local theatre makers Francesca Millican-Slater and Sarah Baker, the next PILOT Nights will take place at AE Harris on Thursday 19th March.

We are excited to welcome these fantastic theatre makers from across the UK to perform at the first PILOT Night of 2015:

Demi Nandhra – Life Is No Laughing Matter
K.I.D Theatre Company – TAH: The African Heterosexual
Joe Hancock/Joe Von Malachowski/Tom Recknell – LAIKA
Tina Hofman – Lucid Interval
Zoo Indigo – Silver Screen Dreams 

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 Pageand Twitter for more information about the artists and the pieces they will be presenting in March!

Tickets are now on sale for the event and are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

Thursday 19th March 2015  7.30pm| PILOT Nights @ AE HARRIS
Tickets: £5
Book Tickets here

Another exciting announcement…

PILOT Sites is back for 2015!

The first ever PILOT Sites for work-in-progress sited and/or outdoor work took place last year at the Birmingham Hippodrome. It was such a successful event that we are bringing it back for 2015! This time we’re heading to Stratford-upon-Avon where the Royal Shakespeare Company will be hosting and co-piloting.

We’ll be releasing more details of the event and how to apply very soon so keep an eye out on the newsletter, website and social media for that. But for now here are some very important dates for your diary!

PILOT SITES @ RSC Sunday 21st June 2015 Submissions open:6th March 2015

Submissions close: 27th March 2015

About the RSC:

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. Everyone at the RSC – from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians – plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. All  productions begin life at the Stratford workshops and theatres and then they bring  them to the widest possible audience through their touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.

They encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre.  They produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.  They have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and continue to nurture the talent of the future. They reach 450,000 children and young people annually through their education work across the UK, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online.

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Co-Pilots announced for first PILOT Night of 2015

We are excited to announce our CO-PILOTS for our first PILOT Night of 2015 at the AE Harris.

They will be Francesca Millican-Slater and Sarah Baker.

Francesca Millican-Slater is a solo writer and performer, she tells stories directly to you,  she never pretends your not there. Most of the stories are true, steeped in history, though some times she makes things up. Just for fun. She loves a power point but she’s trying to wean herself off them.

Last year Francesca premiered The Forensics of a Flat (and other stories) at Birmingham Repertory Theatre along with a national preview tour.She created two brand new work’s My Dearest Girls: The Letters Book and My Dearest Girls: Helen’s Story based on the letters sent between a group of Shropshire women between 1917-1920. Made in collaboration with Arts Alive and Shropshire Archives, this duo of performances has been touring across Shropshire and will continue to tour nationally until 2018. She is creating a performance around GOLD! as part of the Behold Festival exploring the Staffordshire Hoard at The New Vic this summer.

Sarah Baker 

Sarah is a theatre-maker and performer from London who now calls the second city her home. 

She makes solo pieces of work, that are lead by her exposing too much about her personal life. Her work is visual and funny – a fusion between theatre, performance art, and comedy.

She also makes film, directs shows, works as a performer and deviser with wonderful people and companies: Amy Lord and Louise Orwin, Tin Box, Little Earthquake and Companis………and she forces people to dance in a circle (though that’s usually just at weddings.) 

Sarah is a theatre maker on the Birmingham REP’s Foundry programme and is currently developing a show called Lady Lust. Using pornography as the starting point for an investigation into what it means to be a woman in the 21st century, Lady Lust is a funny, uncomfortable and honest autobiographical collage.

They will both be curating the next PILOT Night (event details below):

Thursday 19th March 2015 | PILOT Nights @ AE HARRIS
Applications are open now! 
Submissions close: 30th January 2015 For selection criteria and to make a submission click here

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Applications now open for the first PILOT Night of 2015!

On Thursday 19th March PILOT Nights will land at AE Harris. 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: Friday 30th January 2015 at 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.
The host venue for this event is AE Harris, a studio theatre venue in a disused warehouse in the jewellery quarter are of Birmingham. PILOT has visited AE Harris many times before and we’re looking forward to landing there once more!

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

Performance date: Thursday 19th March 2015, AE Harris, 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ
Check out AE Harris’s website