Our scratch nights offer a selection of new work from the most exciting artists in the region.
This is a chance for artists to try out new ideas in front of an audience and for audiences to feed into the development of the next big thing. Come along to get inspired or just enjoy a great evening of new writing.
We understand that writing and submitting an application for a scratch night is time and energy consuming, particularly as it’s unlikely you’ll get feedback if you were unsuccessful.
While we’re not able to give feedback on each application we are able to give a bit of an overview about the process of shortlisting to help give an insight into why and how we select artists.
We have a limited number of slots for every scratch night we run and we pay all artist/s companies who are selected £250-£300 to cover their basic expenses. As a general rule we ring-fence 3-4 slots for Midlands based artists, and 1 slot for national artists with a general focus on theatre makers (rather than dance, music, live art etc).
As a commitment to increasing opportunities and support for all we always shortlist at least one project with a lead artist who identifies as BAME, from a non-British background, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Queer, Gender diverse, from a working class background and D/deaf and Disabled people (including hidden disabilities).
The IGC team talks and meets with artists about their projects on a weekly basis and we’re also really aware of those who regularly engage with the wider programme, on occasion these artists, and the knowledge we have about their work and other support we might be, or have recently, offered informs whether or not they are shortlisted.
We always get a lot of applications for our scratch nights and the process of deciding who is selected is a very difficult one, often with 3-5 members of staff feeding in, so we always encourage artists to apply again if they’ve not been successful on this occasion.