Back in 2020, somewhere in between a packed PILOT Night at Birmingham REP, and just before things got moving toward the next one that was set to take place at RSC that Summer, we all stepped back into our homes and shut the doors.
It goes without saying that so much has changed between then and now.
Throughout all of the lockdowns, the four PILOT Nights co-directors continued to think hard and reflect on how best our long established, much cherished work-in-progress platform could continue to support our region’s artists in the most useful, inspiring and productive of ways. As you will all have been aware, one of the elements of this reflection was the consultation to artists that we held back in the Summer of 2021.
All of the elements that combine together to make PILOT Nights work so well – artists, funders, venues, national partners, the core team – are now all operating in response to a changed landscape of theatre and live performance. It has proven a real challenge to find achievable ways to draw all needs together, and we have considered many different options around how to take PILOT Nights forward.
It is with heavy hearts that we have made the decision to close PILOT Nights. It was a difficult decision but one that we believe to be the best way forward at this time.
We will be having one last event – PILOT Nights: The Send off on Thursday 5th May 2022, at Birmingham Hippodrome. The event will be co-PILOTed by Demi Nandhra and Francesca Millican-Slater, both of whom are previous co-PILOTS, and have each tested out early ideas of their work with PILOT Nights. The event will allow us to look back on what PILOT Nights and the artists that have engaged with us have achieved, and also look forward to new ideas for the future. It will be an evening of discussions, performances and joy and we do hope you are all able to make it. We’ll be sending more information out in the next couple of weeks. As part of the event we are offering two Micro-Commissions. You can find out more about these and download the brief and application form here.
For now, we want to thank you all for all the love, support and trust you’ve shown to PILOT Nights over the years.
Pippa, Jo, Rochi and Amahra x