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Call For Submissions – Hatch: Scratch

Image by Federico Borghi, used under a Creative Commons licence

SUNDAY 17 JUNE 2012, 6pm – LATE

An evening of the unexpected, unpredictable and unforgettable.

Hatch, the East Midlands’ leading performance platform, is looking for the most exciting artists and performance makers from around the country to share new works-in-progress with a friendly audience.

This event is for new, unfinished performance work at a stage where its continuing development would particularly benefit from exposure to an audience. Work in any genre or performance discipline is welcome, especially work which is hard to define, or which falls between several categories.

Applications are open to everybody, and each proposal will be considered on its own merits – If you have an idea, we definitely want to hear from you. However, we particularly welcome applications which are:

  • From d/Deaf or disabled artists.
  • From artists based outside the East Midlands.
  • For short performances or extracts of longer work (10-15 minutes).
  • For longer durational performances running all evening, or for work which could later develop into a durational format.

There is a fee of £100 available for each selected performance to help cover expenses.
The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 18 May.

For an application form and more information, please email

Hatch: Scratch is a commission by Embrace Arts. Tickets are free and can be booked online by clicking here.

If you think you might be interested in applying, we look forward to hearing from you. And if you know anyone else who might be interested, please share this call for submissions as freely as possible. Thank you very much.

Double Bill – Hatch & Broadway present Pat Ashe & Deborah Pearson

We are absolutely thrilled that Hatch and Broadway Media Arts have joined forces to present a short-season of performance-y work: pieces that play with the cinema as space to tell stories, embody someone else and for a short while transport us to another place.

This September, Hatch and Broadway will host as artist-in-residence Pat Ashe, who will develop a new performance work in and for a cinema auditorium as part of his ongoing project An Oasis in 5 Parts. The project will begin with a free showing of the the first part of An Oasis and culminate in a double-bill featuring Deborah Pearson’s award winning Like You Were Before along with work-in-progress from Pat Ashe’s residency.



Pat Ashe‘s unique performance style mixes video games and technology with stories overheard and remembered. This is the first of part of a series of works based around place, memory and the concept of oasis. Part 1 (shown on 4 September at the start of the residency) is an attempt to find a place Ashe could consider an oasis in a town that he has very little love for.

An Oasis – Part 2 is an audio tour of a place we might know or a place we might not want to know. An Oasis – Part 4 will be a video game. An Oasis – Part 3 and An Oasis – Part 5 are under construction. This is a chance to see fragments of the project Pat has been developing during his residency at Broadway.

Pat will present An Oasis – Work-in-Progress in the Cinema space at the beginning of the event. This will be followed by an opportunity to experience other parts of the project around the building in foyers, on screens and through headphones in the bar. We would welcome any feedback on the work so far.


Deborah Pearson is a live artist, playwright and producer, as well as founder and co-director of the legendary Forest Fringe. Like You Were Before is a lament to the fact that time can’t be put on pause, to the tender fragility of magnetic-media and to mental storage. A show for people who sit backwards on trains, who re-read emails from over two years ago, and who hate to see anything new or unfamiliar on visits to their hometown. This is a show about moving forward backwards.

Like You Were Before is a BAC Scratchfest Commission. Developed at BAC and the Forest Fringe Microfestival at the Arches, 2010

Tickets: £7

To book tickets contact the Broadway Box Office on 0115 9526 611 or book online at

Spoken Word Antics: Call Out For Performance Writers

£150 Skype Script Commission, Sheffield

On Saturday 29 October Spoken Word Antics is putting on a Skype night for Off the Shelf Festival, where writers in Sheffield will be joined by writers from around the world appearing via Skype. The evening will alternate between appearances from local writers and remote writers, who will be projected onto the screen in Showroom Cinema 5, and will include one specially commissioned Skype script.

As part of this event, Spoken Word Antics are commissioning a new piece of writing designed especially for performance over Skype.

It could be a dialogue between long-distance lovers, a business call, a case of internet grooming, or maybe the speakers are simply talking in parallel, unaware of each other’s presence. Are they even speaking? Perhaps the call gets cut off, they redial and get someone else. Use your imagination!

We want to see something that makes innovative use of this unusual performance situation, where human relationships are mediated by modern, but not necessarily reliable, technology. We are not fussy about genres—whether it’s drama, poetry, or performance art—so long as it will engage the audience.

To apply, please fill in the application form (available here) and return it to Robin at

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 30 August at 5pm.

Further information about the event is available at


Theatre Writing Partnership is calling writers, performers, companies, directors, producers, designers, technicians, marketeers, dramaturgs and managers: you are invited to join them for one day in Open Space addressing the above question and ANY related issues.

This is a great opportunity for the theatre and performing community in the East Midlands to gather and work on what could be improved, the things that we are passionate about and the things we wish were different. The event will be facilitated by Nick Sweeting from Improbable who have pioneered the use of Open Space within the UKʼs artistic community.

This is an event for everybody with a passion for theatre in the East Midlands – you bring the agenda and you start the discussion, TWP will provide the space and the fuel to keep the conversation flowing.

What is Open Space?

Although OPEN SPACE may be new to you, it has been used all over the world with great success. Unlike other conference formats, it is an exciting open-ended event that enables a self-organising group to use its collective imagination to set the agenda and deal with complex issues through a series of participant lead breakout sessions.

This model:
· Allows great results to be achieved in an incredibly short space of time
· Allows participants to be proactive in establishing and solving common issues
· Ensures that no-one will be bored by never ending key note speeches!

By the end of the event the following will have occurred:
· Every issue of concern to anybody will have been raised, if they took responsibility for doing that
· All issues will have received full discussion, to the extent desired
· A full report of issues and discussions will be in the hands of all participants
· And YOU will have taken part in making it happen

A strong point of Open Space is its ability to unite groups of enormous diversity, to that end we are encouraging everybody to participate. Please forward this email to any theatre practitioner who you think would be interested in having their say.

The event will take place on Friday 23rd September @ The Guildhall, Derby. 10:00 – 17:00.

In order to feed everyone it would be useful to have a good indication of how many people intend to attend. Please therefore send an RSVP to and tell them your dietary needs.

There is no charge for attending this Open Space event. Itʼs first come, first served so book now!
See you there……

Reverend Billy & The Church of Earthalujah! with The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir

Thursday 14 July, 8pm
The Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street

Brilliant American comic activist Reverend Billy is an actor, performance artist and campaigning activist who began his experimental preaching in Times Square in 1994.  Soon singers gathered around him to accompany his interventions and ultimately the post religious Church of Earthalujah! was founded. Church members are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on 4 continents defending land, life and imagination.

Back in the UK for the first time in two years he wants to talk to YOU about climate change and the steps we need to take NOW to save our planet.

Tour produced by Colchester Arts Centre.
Local support from Two For Joy and My Dads Strip Club,
with thanks to Hatch, spiel producing and Veggies.

Free entry to members, Day membership available (£1.00).
Free event but donations welcome.
Venue: 0845 458 9595/ 0115 960 8254
Info from Two for Joy: 07947 812302


Hatch: Across
The Malt Cross and various venues
St. James’s Street, Nottingham
Tuesday 1 June 2010
7.30pm until late

On Tuesday 1 June 2010, Hatch is crossing over into St. James’s Street, Nottingham for a night of performance and live art antics. Hatch has invited 21 artists and companies working outside or at the edge of their discipline, or who maybe involved in collaboration with artists from other fields, to show their work across the whole of the street. Venues will range from The Malt Cross to more unusual venues for live art such as a sports bar, a virtual golf centre and a hotel.

Hatch is proud to present the world premiere of Whispers From A Rickshaw by Metro Boulot Dodo, a pedal-powered rickshaw ride spinning through the city streets, where classical Chinese music, lo-fi electronica, computer gadgetry and story-telling combine to create an intimate and philosophical ride. Also the regional premiere of A Western at the Malt Cross, by internationally acclaimed performance duo Action Hero where the audience help to reenact a Western using cowboy hats and ketchup. Save Me by another Bristol-based company Search Party will take place across St. James’s street as two performers try to communicate using bright searchlights.

Regional artists are represented by emerging Nottingham-based company, Gramophones, who are supported by Theatre Writing Partnership and will perform at The Chameleon Café. Hatch is delighted to introduce Medium Rare – a group of first year Fine Art students from Nottingham Trent University, mentored by Hatch, who will present a unique and intimate encounter at the Park Plaza. Cecille Grey and Venom and the Terrortones will provide the live music at The Malt Cross.

Venues Include: The Malt Cross, Park Plaza Nottingham, Rileys’ Snooker Bar, The Virtual Golf Salon, Up ‘n’ Down Under, The Chameleon Café


Action Hero

Adam Goodge

Andy Dobb

Cecille Grey

Caustic Widows

Fay Rayner

Gareth Taylor

Girls Can’t DJ


Hypnotique & John Callaghan

Kathryn Cooper and Ollie Smith

Kylie Benjamin

Liam Herne

Luke Barnes

Medium Rare


Ruth Scott

Search Party

Selina Mosinski

Venom and the Terrortones
Vonnegut’s Girls


Happy Holidays from Hatch

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Festive New Year from Hatch. And thank you for your support over the past 12 months. We hope you liked what you saw, and we’re planning a whole lot more for the year to come.

Below is a slideshow of pictures from Hatch Presents: Santa’s Grotto, a performance by Meg Tait (and her little helpers) at the Sneinton Showcase and Christmas Market. You can also see the photos directly here.

Thanks very much if you came down on the day – if you took one of the things that the santas were making in their workshop as a present for someone, we hope they managed to find a use for it.

Undercover Photos

Thank you to everyone who came to, performed in or helped out with HATCH: Undercover and made it what it was (which was more even more incredible than anybody could have expected).

Our agents at the event, hidden camerawomen Rebekah Downes and Camilla Benner, have smuggled to us microfilm images of some of the things that happened that night at the Loggerheads. You can see a selection by clicking through the image below.


If you took any pictures yourself, and don’t mind sharing them with the Hatch archives, get in touch at and we’ll give you all the credit you could ever need.