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.



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 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


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