York Theatre Royal to Commission New Work From Local Artists for Green Shoots Show 

York Theatre Royal is to commission new work from dozens of local professional artists from York and North Yorkshire across a variety of art forms in a new project called Green Shoots.

This is a follow-up to Love Bites, the hugely-successful show that reopened the theatre following the lifting of restrictions in May 2021. That featured 20 pieces of short work from local artists. Now comes Green Shoots, featuring new work from local professional artists centred around rebooting post-pandemic and looking to the future of the planet. York Theatre Royal will select 20 commissions, offering £1,000per commission plus £150 each time they are performed. 

The theatre’s Creative Director Juliet Forster said: “Love Bites last year was a joyous event that will live long in my mind, not just because we were re-opening after 14 months of enforced closure, but also because our stage was filled to overflowing with the tremendous talent and ingenuity of local artists. It was moving, spectacular, surprising, thought-provoking and funny in equal measures. “We have created this opportunity with Green Shoots because we are excited to see what they will do next.” 

The work celebrating local talent and live performance will be performed on the main stage on June 7 and 8 as part of the new Rumours & Rebels season. More than 2,000 artists across a variety of art forms applied for Love Bites. They ranged from spoken word to circus. The commissions should respond to the title Green Shoots in any way that can be interpreted – pieces might be about hope, recovery, new beginnings, revolution, new life, growth, the environment or anything else that can be imagined as a response.  The work should be able to be performed or shared both live and in a digital form, and have a duration of up to 5 minutes.

Artists may apply as individuals and/or as part of a collective. The theatre is keen to incorporate as wide a mix of art forms and interpretations of the theme as possible, so welcomes submissions from artists working in any medium.. Interested artists are being asked to write a short proposal for their piece, how it might be performed live and how it would translate this into a  digital form.

Closing date for submissions to commissions@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk is midday 24 March 2022. For more information about Green Shoots and how to apply visit yorktheatreroyal.co.uk