Ways to develop your professional craft with Nottingham Playhouse.


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


We’ll be running 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. Extracts must be no longer than 20 minutes but can be less.

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).


There will be two official ideas submission windows a year, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. We know that theatre is made in numerous ways and we’re interested in reading and hearing about exciting and dynamic ideas. We will take the best ideas/material and look at bespoke ways of developing these projects.

You can submit anything that’s a creative idea for performance. It could be a pitch, a proposal, a treatment or a script.


There will be annual festival to offer a platform and celebrate the work made by artists from the region. Applications for this ‘go live’ approximately 7 months before the festival. We are looking for the most exciting finished performances as well as works-in-progress. There are also workshops and networking opportunities.

Amplify takes over the Playhouse Building and performances may take place in the Neville Studio, Ustinov Room, Understudy Studio, found spaces around the building and in site-specific locations.

We want to represent the whole region, programme high-quality performances and celebrate the diversity of work being made by artists from the East Midlands.

Previous programming has included new writing, poetry, children’s theatre, interactive theatre, physical theatre, live art, site-specific, one-to-one performances and comedy.


We will appoint up to four artists or companies to join us for a period of time as Creative Associates, providing a bespoke relationship and programme of work. We will be looking for artists who show exciting promise and are ready to develop a national profile.

This is an opportunity for up to 4 artists or companies to develop a significant relationship with Nottingham Playhouse where our expertise meaningfully supports the next stage of their career for two years.

We’ll offer a bespoke partnership supporting their practice throughout their time with us. We hope that through being a Creative Associate they would also invest in the building. This might be sharing skills with Amplify or the Participation Department or it might be introducing us to new ideas and creative practice.

We will advocate for them nationally, offer space and building resources, artistic support and the opportunity to make work. We want to support, shape and champion the most exciting talent from the region.
Associates should be ambassadors for Nottingham Playhouse, supporting the work we make as well as being supported and being a significant part of our organisation.


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 beths@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!

To find upcoming dates and apply for opportunities, head to our Amplify Diary and Upcoming Opportunities Page. Call-outs are also on our Job Vacancies Page.