Read on to find out all the ways we can help you to hone your professional craft.

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These are informal events to meet Adam Penford and other artists before or after a specific show.


We run regular Amp Nights for artists to scratch their work in various stages of development. This is an opportunity for you to put your work in front of an audience and to have a conversation about how to progress it. We can offer basic technical support and £50 towards each act to cover expenses.
We will only consider submissions from those who wish to work professionally in theatre AND who originate from or currently reside in the East Midlands region (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire).

Become an Amplify Member to find out when we’re accepting Amp Night submissions.


There are two official Ideas Submission windows a year, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. Thank you to everyone who applied during our Spring 2020 window. Due to the ongoing situation, and because most of our employees are currently furloughed, we’ve taken the decision to hold these applications over to the Autumn. As soon as we have more news about how this will work, we’ll update these pages. Thank you for your patience.


The festival is a celebration of the work made by artists from the region. We present the most exciting finished performances and works-in-progress alongside a programme of workshops and networking opportunites.

Keep your eyes peeled for news of our next Festival.


This is an opportunity for artists or companies to develop a significant relationship with Nottingham Playhouse over the course of a two year attachment during which our expertise meaningfully supports the next stage of their career.

You can read about our current Creative Associates here


We regularly offer workshops for professional development. These are a mixture of practical and discussion based events led by professionals from within our building and outside. Sometimes these are run in partnership with other organisations. They range from workshops addressing creative practice to addressing the business and industry side of being an artist.


If you are an Amplify member and would benefit from specific advice around a project, we can discuss how Nottingham Playhouse may be able to offer their expertise.

Enquiries might include:
• Finance and Budgeting
• Tour booking
• Social Media
• Marketing
• Funding Applications
• Production Management

To enquire about this please email the Artist Development Producer craigg@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk


Sometimes the best way for us to get to know an artist is to see their work. You can invite us to see a work-in-progress, pop in to a rehearsal, or come and watch a full show. The Artist Development Producer is usually the one to come and see something but if they can’t make it there are other members of staff and our Creative Associates who can deputise.

Due to the volume of requests it is really helpful to invite us as early (ideally 8 weeks in advance although we appreciate this isn’t always possible).
If we can’t make it you are welcome to send us a filmed version. We don’t expect these to be high quality and can be a filmed run-through on a smartphone or tablet. Don’t worry if sound and lighting don’t come across as well as the live performance, we are used to this!


Click here to read our Programming Policy to find out about the types of work we are looking to programme, and the relevant contacts.