Gala Theatre is committed to supporting emerging talent and the development of new work by regional artists.
Next Up… is Gala Theatre’s 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.
If you’d like to take part, download an application form.
Tuesday 16 October, 7.30pm FREE
Our seasonal showcase of new work returns with performances from some of the most exciting talent in the North East. This is a relaxed evening where artists try out their work in front of an audience, with conversation and constructive feedback actively encouraged.
We are always keen to hear from artists who are making work in the region and know that artist development opportunities are a crucial part of the mix for a vibrant venue. So, if you’re interested in being part of a future Next Up, visit the Engage section of our website. You’ll also find other opportunities posted there, so it’s well worth a look.
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
Gala Theatre 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. After a successful application, we are delighted to be supporting Stand and Be Counted alongside ARC Stockton, The Maltings and Sunderland MACQ to help develop their show in the coming months which will then be presented in Autumn 2018.
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.