SE Fest

What is SE Fest?

SE Fest is a new festival based in southeast London to promote and celebrate new writing. 

It will be hosted by two neighbouring venues, The Bridge House Theatre in Penge and The Jack Studio Theatre in Crofton Park, two award-winning theatres with a reputation for supporting and presenting new work.
The festival will run from Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 14th September 2024 and programme 24 performances in total.

SE Fest gives you the unique opportunity to perform at both venues during the festival fortnight.
What we’re looking for:
SE Fest is passionate about presenting plays that engage with how we live today. If you have a new script you want to perform, we’d love to hear from you!

Both theatres’ artistic teams will read all applications and confirm the work to be programmed in late June.
All productions must be socially conscious and demonstrate how they provide opportunities for, or representation of underrepresented groups including, but not limited to: Working class artists, Artists from the Global Majority, Non-binary or gender fluid artists, LGBTQ+ Artists, Neuro-divergent artists,

More details:
Each company will be offered a minimum of two and a maximum of three performances during the festival. Your performances will take place at both theatres.
Evening performances start at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm.
Performances should generally last between 60 and 90 minutes.
How to apply?
If you’re interested in taking part in SE Fest, please send in your application!

We’d need to read a copy of your script or an outline treatment for your script, which can be sent in with the application.

If you are sending an outline treatment, please note that we would need to read the full script before performances take place.

There is a link to our online application form at the bottom of the page.
What SE Fest offers companies and what we’ll need from you.
We offer companies the opportunity to bring their work to the stage as part of a vibrant festival of new writing, with the support of two experienced and award-winning teams.

Timelines and what’s next?
Applications are open now! Please fill in your application form at the end of the page and send on any relevant details to us.
Applications to SE Fest close on at 5pm on Friday 7th June.
We’ll be in touch with companies that we are programming in the week of June 24th. At this point we will confirm the dates of your performances.
All productions will be listed on the theatres’ websites.
For programmed plays, we require an image for your production along with your publicity copy, and any further details about you to help to promote your work.
The Festival will print a brochure with a listing, including image and copy, for all productions. You’ll be provided with these.
The Festival will feature the productions in our venue e-shots and social media posts and contact the press with a listings line-up.
We’ll send you dates for when information must be received to be included in the festival’s brochure and on our websites.

Financial information
All companies programmed for SE Fest are required to pay a non-refundable £30 registration fee when accepting their slot. This is for programmed companies only.
The registration fee goes towards the cost of the brochure and marketing of the event.
There are no further upfront costs to you, with no venue rental or minimum guarantees.
Ticket prices are £15 / £13.
Companies receive 60% of box office after card payment processing fees and commission on online sales.
You are responsible for any production costs for your show.
Payment of box office splits will be made no later than 10 days after your show has ended
Technical info
The Bridge House Theatre and Jack Studio Theatre are 50 seat studio spaces. For more info on each venue, please visit their websites.
You have full use of the venues’ technical equipment. If you require more details, please contact the venues.
Each company is allotted seven hour’s get-in time (11am-6pm) before their first evening performance.
We’ll arrange a meeting (online or in person) with all companies before your get-in. We’re here to help!
You need to bring your own operator and any get-in crew for your production.
Your get-out takes place directly after your last performance at each venue.
Further information
You need to have the rights to perform your script, if it is not your own work. Please note this on your application form.
We provide box office staff for each performance and ticketing updates to you.
We regret we are unable to give feedback for productions not selected for SE Fest 2024.
The venues are unable to offer rehearsal space to companies.
All programmed companies are invited to an end of festival event, to celebrate your work!
If you have any questions, please use the SE Fest contact form to be in touch. This is the best way to be in touch about the festival.

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