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For Artists


Here at Play to the Crowd, we programme creative work for both:

We’re always on the lookout for work that supports our vision to delight and unite.

We’re particularly interested in work that fulfills one or more of our programming themes:

  • Think - Performance that explores ideas, encourages us to see the world through different eyes and develops new insights and perspectives.
  • Chuckle - Performance that makes you laugh and explores different ways of doing so.
  • HIP (Hat Fair Inspired Programming) - Visual performance which is exciting to watch, spectacular and makes you go "Wow!"

Artist Development

  • Research and Development - We provide space and technical support at Theatre Royal Winchester during January (post panto) for selected local professional makers to develop ideas that we think meet our programming themes: Think, Chuckle and HIP.
  • Co-commissioning - We regularly co-commission work as part of the Artistic Directorate of the Without Walls Outdoor Arts Consortium. We also occasionally co-commission new work, with a particular interest in new physical performance or dance productions which we believe have the potential to attract sufficient audiences for theatres of our scale across the country.
  • Co-producing - We are mainly a receiving organisation apart from our annual panto which we produce ourselves. However, we are increasingly interested in joining consortia of like minded organisations to co-produce interesting new work which could attract significant audiences and have a life beyond a single season or tour. This could be for the middle scale indoors or for the Outdoor Arts touring circuit.
  • Networking - We host networking events for local artists and are always keen to expand our invite list. If you are relatively local to Winchester, a performance maker or performer or work in a related arts context, we would love to get to know you.

How to get involved

Express your interest in any of our opportunities for Artists by contacting