Gala Theatre is committed to supporting emerging talent and the development of new work by regional artists.
Durham is dedicated to providing a home for the arts in the North East. If you are working on a theatre project, we want to hear about it and are offering you the chance to display your show, project or recording at our very own digital theatre festival from 11 to the 14 June.
In partnership with Durham University, we’re launching Onstage: Online, a mini festival celebrating creativity during quarantine and sharing theatre shorts and long.
With up to £250 of commissioning money available per selected company, Onstage: Online is a fantastic way of remaining seen and active during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as celebrating the North East’s art scene from your very own home.
We want to programme work that will appeal to a wide range of audiences and ages. We are particularly interested in work that will appeal to a family audience, though all applications will be considered. If you have any questions, or need an application form, please contact us.
Next Up… is our stage for new work and takes place once a season. Incorporating a wide range of genres the event is a scratch night that provides an opportunity for playwrights, artists and companies to trial and share works-in-progress in front of a friendly and constructive audience. Next Up… is a chance for you to road-test new work and gather feedback; it’s also the best way for the team at Gala Theatre to get to know you and your work.
In addition to Next Up… Gala Theatre sometimes provides space for work that is in its early stages of development. If you’d like to tell us about an original piece of theatre you’re working on please send a short synopsis of your project to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridging The Gap
We are delighted to have joined the line-up of stellar venues for the brilliant Bridging the Gap scheme which offers a supporting package of work to artists or companies making work in the North East or Yorkshire.
Venues North is a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. Our aim is to work together as venues to support new and emerging artists from the North to get their work more widely seen regionally, nationally and internationally.
Venues North is not a closed network or an exclusive group of venues, but open to any venue in the North that shares this commitment to artist development and new work.
This Routes In guide is about finding ways of offering audiences a deeper, more meaningful engagement with touring work, resulting in new and different relationships between artists and venues. It has been put together to help artists and companies making new work overcome some of the barriers to getting their work programmed.
Animating With Scissors
Our Community Arts Team commissioned film maker and animator Sheryl Jenkins to work on a six week creative project with St. Margaret’s Centre in Durham – a support centre for adults suffering from a wide range of mental health issues, aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of the community through various recovery activities.
Sheryl and the group used the Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition at Gala Gallery and Gala’s production of Talking Heads to explore ideas about self-expression, colour and texture.
These four short animations bring together the drawings and poetry created by service users at the centre.