London New Work Season 2022

Celebrating fearless work

Applications now open!

We are looking for bold and exciting work to be a part of our spring New Work season which aims to showcase the best new voices making theatre today.

The season will run from February to July in our Downstairs space, formed of five 3 week runs.

What are we looking for? 

  • Innovative Work & Great Ideas - first and foremost, we want original work from exciting theatre-makers with a track record of presenting high-quality performance. If you’ve got a good idea, we want to hear from you!

  • Premieres - to be eligible, shows can’t have done significant London runs previously. Shows that have done short runs (less than 5 performances cumulatively), work-in-progress or workshop productions are eligible. 

  • Dynamic and Theatrical - unfortunately we are unable to accept applications for comedy shows (stand-up, sketch, improvisation) or children and family work for this callout. Due to our Downstairs theatre’s location, ambient sound can be an issue. We are looking for shows that can hold their own against a bit of background noise, be it through its content or sound design. We are especially interested in shows that combine theatrical practice with live music, drag, cabaret and comedy.

  • Collaborative Teams - as we are not a producing house, all applications must have a creative team attached which should be a minimum of writer (or devising artists/company), director and producer. We would also expect plans in place fundraising (if not already in place) to supplement our funding/in-kind support and to consider sources outside the Arts Council.

  • Fair Working Conditions - We want all long run productions at Pleasance Islington to be paying teams in-line with an industry standard rate (such as Equity Off West End, ITC, etc). Due to the size of the stage (7x3m) and auditorium (72 seats) we would expect no more than four performers onstage, but we are looking specifically for work with more than one performer on stage.

What we provide? 

  • A three week slot in our Downstairs space (72 capacity three-sided thrust) on a 60/40 BO split in the companies favour.

  • £1000 contribution to the budget of the show.

  • Two week’s 100% subsidised rehearsal space.

  • Support from the Pleasance team including assistance in writing ACE project grant bids and other fundraising.

  • Season PR & marketing (we expect each show to have their own show-specific PR & marketing campaign to run alongside our in-house campaign).


The slots available as part of this season are:

  • Slot 1: 7th February - 27th February

  • Slot 2: 7th March - 27th March

  • Slot 3: 4th April - 24th April

  • Slot 4: 2nd May - 22nd May

  • Slot 5: 30th May - 19th June

How to apply?

If you have a show that you would like to be considered for a slot in our spring programme, please complete this application form by the 15th November at 10:00am

There is also the option to include a video application if this format is preferable to you, please fill out the same form above but select “Video Application” at the beginning.

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us on [email protected]


The application form attached below is only for reference purposes, all applications should be submitted through the form above. Unfortunately you aren't able to save the form, as such we advise preparing answers in a word document and copying over.


PDF icon New Work 2022 Callout Form (REFERENCE ONLY).pdf

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