Ways to develop your professional craft with Nottingham Playhouse.


Following on from the success of our inaugural Take Off opportunity in 2019, this new new-writing development opportunity aims to support writers in their careers to get feedback, raise their profile, connect them with opportunities and organisations and support them to help themselves in the future. You’ll get the chance to workshop your script with a professional director, without the pressure of final production.

Find out more about Take Off 2020 here.


Presented by In Good Company, in association with Living Pictures

Every Tuesday in March 7PM – 9PM
FREE (places are limited)

Book Club is a new group which will meet to gain a genuine understanding of directing texts in an unpressurised rehearsal room environment. If you struggle to understand dense texts about directing or want a space to explore them without the pressure production, don’t worry, you are not alone.

Book Club will be a gaggle of people who have worked as a director or in an associate; assistant role and can demonstrate a commitment to professional theatre directing, whether that be as a theatre maker or creative.

The sessions will be peer-led and held within a safe, supportive environment, they will be designed to test the ideas of a book rather than your own practice; enabling everyone to gain the confidence to lead a session whilst all collectively exploring the approach within the text.

Each Director prepares an agreed section of the book and leads a practical session exploring it with the group.

This is a regional pilot – we will explore one text to begin with. Following that The Director’s Book Club will collectively decide on texts they wish to explore in the future.

Book Club format: 5 evening sessions (it’s very important that you make every effort to commit to all of the sessions before applying, however we appreciate that freelance life is busy – so we ask that if something comes up and you can’t make a session that you give us ample notice)

The text: Viewpoints – A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by ANNE BOGART and TINA LANDAU. You can a PDF of it here https://bit.ly/2PcERSY

Venue: Book Club sessions will take place at…

Tuesday 3rd March 2020 – Nottingham Playhouse
Tuesday 10th March 2020 – Derby Theatre, Community Hub
Tuesday 17th March 2020 Nottingham Playhouse
Tuesday 24th March – Derby Theatre, Community hub
Tuesday 31st March 2020 – Nottingham Playhouse

If you want to join Director’s Book Club, then please do send a short paragraph outlining your experience and why being involved in Director’s Book Club appeals to you, to book club coordinator Laura Ryder: ryderlaura@hotmail.co.uk (150 words)

There are 10 spaces available.

Expression of interest by: 17th January 2020
You will be informed by 29th January 2020 at the latest, either way.


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. 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.

The Spring Ideas Submission window is now open – find out more over on our Upcoming Opportunities page.


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.
Amplify Festival takes over the Playhouse with performances 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.

The next Amplify Festival will take place 13-18 February 2020. Find out how you can take part here.

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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.

We 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 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.

Creative Associates are ambassadors for Nottingham Playhouse, supporting the work we make as well as being supported and are a significant part of our organisation.

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!

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.