“take it to the next stage”

16-18 July 2021 in venues in Barnstaple town centre

An opportunity for three North Devon-focused theatre companies to create and to plot.

Each company will have the time and their own dedicated working space for concept development of a new piece of theatre for North Devon.

Companies will pool their experiences of North Devon’s theatre scene to identify how best to extend opportunities for theatre makers and audiences in North Devon.

The weekend will be led by multi story theatre company with support from Beaford and input from other organisations and practitioners with relevant experience.

programme outline:


  • 5 – 6.30pm dinner and intro including an overview of Rural Touring in North Devon
  • 6.30 – 8.30pm individual project development
  • 8.30 – 9pm sharing reflections on the day’s work


  • 9am – 1pm individual project development
  • 1 – 3pm working lunch to plot a brighter future for ND theatre-making – with guests
  • 3 – 8pm individual project development
  • 8 – 9pm working dinner to share reflections on the day’s work


  • 9am – 1pm individual project development
  • 1 – 3pm working lunch to plot a brighter future for ND theatre-making – with guests
  • 3 – 7pm individual project development
  • 7 – 9pm working dinner to plot a brighter future for ND theatre-making – with guests

There is no cost to companies, and we will be providing lunch and dinner for all participants.

This is not a residential course, so we are expecting participants to breakfast in the comfort of their own homes!

It’s up to companies as to how they use the time allotted to individual project development. multi story will be available throughout if people want to bounce ideas around but we’re not offering formal mentoring at this time.

The weekend is particularly aimed at companies or individual theatre artists with an ambition to produce new work and a willingness to engage in creating circumstances for such work to flourish in North Devon. There is strong support from many quarters for this ambition and we hope that this will be one of many steps along the path.

We anticipate that many participants will have recently graduated from higher education or practical theatre training – or will be doing so shortly – and would benefit from the opportunity to share and reflect on their experiences and ambitions along with their peers and guests whose experiences might provide a broader context.

At heart, the weekend is focussed on the practical business of creating performances and considering the circumstances in which they could successfully be promoted. Beaford would be delighted if work emerges from the weekend that could, at some point in the future, be offered to village promoters. But, at this stage, all options are open and the centre of attention is creation.

To apply:

Let us know as soon as you can that you are intending to apply. You will then have until midnight Friday 25 June to complete the application.

We need an introduction to who you are (whether as a company or an individual), your training and theatre experience so far, and a general indication of where, at the moment, your ambitions lie. This should be no longer than half a side of A4 – i.e. an outline rather than a comprehensive list.

We need an indication of what you would hope to get out of the weekend both in terms of developing a concept for a new piece of theatre and the kind of input from guests that you think would be useful to you. That should take up no more than the rest of the sheet of A4.

Please send this as an attachment to office@multistorytheatre.co.uk, with Theatre Workhouse as the subject.

We will contact you on Wednesday 30 June to let you know whether or not we can offer you a space.

We know that this is a tight time-scale and you may already have hard and fast commitments that rule you out this time, but we hope that this will be first of many opportunities like this that we can offer.

You can contact us by email (see above) or on 07974 569849

We look forward to hearing from you!