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For Artists

Creative Developments

Are you an emerging artist/group? Do you need support with developing a new work? We can provide in-kind services to grow the work and help you dig deeper, such as dramaturgical support by way of script assessments, critical feedback, connecting you with dramaturgs or consultants, and practical next steps for your work.

We're passionate about supporting new work in a way that best suits you and your project. Send us a brief summary of the work to be developed, a list of artists involved (including access needs), and what you ideally would like from us. Email: producer@observatorytheatre.com

Writers

New stories, voices and perspectives are an important part of our culture and society. We frequently commission new work through our Telescope program, which accepts applications annually. We also commission new work by writers who we have a long standing relationship with. If you're interested in getting involved as a writer with us, send us an email: producer@observatorytheatre.com
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Telescope commissions new plays that respond to today. We encourage playwrights to consider ambitious concepts, "pie-in-the-sky" ideas, and forms and styles that are theatrically innovative. The process emphasises rigorous research, development and experimentation, supporting writers to create work that they may not be able to elsewhere. The program culminates in staged readings or production.

Applications for the 2025 Telescope Program will open in late 2024.

"Developing a new play through the Telescope Program has helped to open up a wealth of new perspectives and ideas about the work, and the craft of writing and making theatre in general. It’s been great to feel both supported and productively challenged by the company and generous associate artists across the whole process"  - Oliver Gough (for Disney Off Ice, 2024)

General Applications

Are you an artist working in independent theatre? Send us your details and let's chat. We're looking for actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers, and other creative people. Send through your CV and a brief introduction to yourself. Email: apply@observatorytheatre.com

Post-show Talks

We're trying something new in 2024 and will be holding a post-show discussion after select performances. Check the event pages for more details. A performance is constantly in dialogue with the community, so come and join the conversation! The artists will discuss the work in depth and shed light on the creative process, plus hang around for a beverage and chat afterwards. We promise it'll be fun and interesting!
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