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

Graeme Rose

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

PILOT Nights Programme 2015/16!

Happy New Year from the PILOT Nights team!We are delighted to announce our programme for 2015/16. All the event and submission dates are below so get those diaries at the ready!
Thursday 19th March 2015 | PILOT Nights @ AE HARRIS
Submissions open TODAY! 9th January 2015
Submissions close: 30th January 2015
Thursday 8th October 2015 | PILOT Nights @ ARENA THEATRE
Submissions open: 20th July 2015
Submissions close: 7th Sept 2015
Thursday 14th January  2016| PILOT Nights @ BELGRADE THEATRE
Submissions open: 12th November 2015
Submissions close: 3rd December 2015

There will also be another PILOT Sites this year for sited and/or outdoor work-in-progress and this will be announced at the end of the month so keep your eyes peeled for that VERY exciting announcement!

PILOT Nights Round up

We have had a great first year running PILOT Nights, but there are lots of people we couldn’t have done it without.

We would like to thank all the artists that have been involved: Hannah Graham, Selina Thompson, United Artists, Georgina Biggs, Joe White, RedDress Theatre, Gary Kitching & Greyscale, Teasel Theatre Company, MingBeast, Small Encounters, Avanti & Artizani, Talking Birds, Lyndsay Price & Tara Buckley, The Other Way Works, Theatre Absolute, Freedom Studios, Brave New Worlds, The Bone Ensemble, Alice Mary Cooper, Karla Williams & Rebecca Coley, Rachel Dealtry, Jack Trow, 2Magpies, Ira Brand, Paul O’Donnell, Hannah Silva and The Plasticine Men.

We would also like to thank our fabulous Co-PILOTS who have all gone above and beyond their roles to curate 5 brilliant and individual events. Thanks to Birmingham REP, Kiruna Stamell, Lou Lomas, Toyin Omari Kinch, Jouvan Fucini, Nick Walker and Stephanie Ridings

Our thanks must also go to the great venues who have housed us throughout the year, to Birmingham REP, Arena Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, mac Birmngham and Warwick Arts Centre and of course 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.

Here’s to an exciting 2015 line up of PILOT Nights which we will be announcing soon, so keep an eye on our newsletter, website, twitter and facebook.

Thanks for supporting us in our first year manning the PILOT Nights controls!

Jo, Jo, Pippa and Thomas



PILOT Nights at Warwick Arts Centre!

We had a cracking night on Tuesday with the final PILOT Nights event of 2014 at Warwick Arts Centre. 6 fantastic theatre makers from across the UK showed extracts of new ideas. Thanks so much to everyone who came along, you were a lovely, supportive audience and helped to create a safe space for the artists to share their ideas, most of which were very early scratchings. In the first half we saw intimate and arresting work from 2Magpies Theatre (Ventoux), Ira Brand (Be Gentle with Me) and The Plasticine Men (There Shall Be Fireworks), intricate and thought-provoking pieces which we pondered over in the interval. The second half was off to a lively start with Jack Trow’s Point Nemo, followed by the playful Paul O’Donnell with One Thing On His Mime, and Hannah Silva finished off the night with an extract of Schlock, which will be premièring at mac Birmingham on 12th November.

If you were at this night and have any thoughts or feedback for the artists please do not hesitate to get in touch, you can email us at and we will forward your thoughts to the artists!

We will be announcing the full line-up of 2015 PILOT Nights in early 2015 so sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear! 

In the mean time a HUGE thank you to all our host venues, artists and lovely audiences who have supported us this year, what fantastic nights we have had! Of course a big thank you to Arts Council England and Sir Barry Jackson Trust Fund, without whom none of this would have been possible.