The Somerset Theatre Collective presents
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The Somerset Theatre Collective exists to represent professional theatre makers in Somerset, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.


Formed in early 2019 as a result of Somerset’s BARN theatre development initiative, the collective is currently a self-selected group committed to representing independent artists’ voices in securing, developing and promoting Somerset’s theatre ecology.  


This year we want to invite any professional theatre makers living or working in Somerset to become a member of the collective.


The Somerset Theatre Collective’s first open call is for content from theatre makers, performers, storytellers, entertainers, clowns, puppeteers and cabaret acts from across Somerset.


We’re looking for pre-recorded content lasting no more than 30 minutes duration for SOMEfringe, a digital Fringe festival being broadcast online on Wednesday 19th August 2020.


Acts must be original – your own work – and should, ideally, have originated or been developed during the lockdown period.


We’re looking to programme work into three slots: 

  • children and their families (ages 5+)

  • teenagers and young adults

  • post watershed (8pm)


We understand that, with all the restrictions currently in place, these recordings will be more of a ‘scratch’ performance than a polished one. That’s fine.  We’re expecting to see you in your home or garden not on a stage with set, lights and costume.


Please observe all the current lockdown guidelines and ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained if using talent outside your bubble to realise your piece.


We can pay £100 for every film we broadcast and we currently have a budget to programme 12 pieces in total.  


We would like to have the right to use your material for promotional purposes in the future, but only with your permission.  You will remain the sole owners of your work.


Please submit films by Wednesday 12 August in either MP4 or MOV formats (online converters are available free of charge and easy to use if you need them or, if you’re having problems, contact us and we’ll try to help) to Richard Crowe at together with a short biography, listing previous experience as a performer/maker.


The selection panel consists of Emma Bettridge, Richard Crowe and Nick White, each of whom will watch each submission twice: once on their own and once all together.  We’ll confirm the programme on Thursday 13 August.


This Festival is a special episode of Theatre Nights, Digital Edition and is being hosted by The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, on their facebook page and on You Tube by Somerset Film.