Raw, untested performance
Scratch is an informal showcase of raw and untested performance ideas. We invite theatre artists at every stage of their careers to send us ideas that they’d like to try out in front of our audience.
We believe in the importance of providing a genuinely safe, receptive and open environment for artists to interrogate a new project, to push at the boundaries of their creativity, to try, fail, and try again.
Each scratch will last up to 10 minutes and we programme four or five in an evening. We install a pop-up bar into our studio and keep it open throughout the event, allowing audiences and artists to continue the conversation over a pint.
Projects that have started out at our Furnace Scratch night include – Blackthorn, What If I Told You, The Economy of Ecology and WASTED.
Scratch is open to everyone, but we prioritise artists who were born, raised or are currently living in Yorkshire. We actively encourage proposals from artists of colour, LGBTQI+ artists and artists who are d/Deaf or Disabled.
Scratch is wheelchair accessible and BSL interpreted.
What are we looking for?
If you’ve got an idea you’d like to test out at Scratch, all you need to do is send us a proposal.
You can do this by writing it down, by recording a short video, or by recording an audio clip. Then you simply upload your proposal to our website.
In your proposal, we’d like you to answer the following five questions:
- What’s your name?
- What idea do you want to test out at Scratch?
- Why is Scratch important at this point in the project’s development?
- What three questions would you like to ask the audience about your Scratch?
- Do you have any access requirements?
We’ll pay a stipend of £100 per Scratch piece. We also have very limited funds to contribute towards travel costs, if an artist is travelling from outside Yorkshire.
When we’re selecting artists to be part of Scratch, we’ll try to curate an evening of pieces that work well with each other and that we can facilitate in quick succession technically.
There are currently no Scratch nights scheduled at Leeds Playhouse. Keep checking back here for updates, or join the Furnace Social Club to be kept in the loop.