Megaphone: Apply by 3rd April



After a successful crowdfunding campaign, we are now thrilled to be able to launch Megaphone, a new theatre residency focused on bringing the voices of artists of colour to Scottish stages. We’ve raised the money, now all we need is the artists. This is a call out for proposals for new pieces of theatre or performance, conceived by artists of colour based in Scotland. We are flexible about form – including text-based theatre, physical theatre, performance art, clowning, multidisciplinary work, and spoken word. We are searching for the talent, stories and experiences that we find most interesting, and that we feel would benefit most from support and development. We are looking to reflect the diverse cultural, geographical and linguistic richness Scotland has to offer, with a focus on artists from communities that are the most vulnerable in the current political climate.


The three selected applicants will each receive a bursary of £2,500, to support the development of their work, ideas and skills. In addition, each applicant will receive mentoring and rehearsal space to enhance their residency.

This project will be produced and supported by the Workers Theatre, a new co-operative theatre company in Scotland working to create structures, resources, and space for new, radical performances that engage directly with audiences. Each artist receiving a bursary will be invited to share their work at the Workers Theatre’s first pop up festival in June 2017 at the Glad Cafe. An extract of their work will also be published in the next issue of Gutter Magazine.


Applications are welcomed from artists of colour – working across theatre, sound, dance, story-telling, spoken word and other performing arts – who wish to undertake a new theatre project.

We will consider applicants from all levels of experience, and for theatre work with any audience or age group in mind.

The Workers Theatre is excited about providing a platform for artists to develop their skills and explore new ideas.

Applicants must be:

  • Resident in Scotland
  • Over 18 years of age
  • A self-defined person of colour

We are excited about new ideas, good stories, entertaining shows, seeing and hearing something different. We will explicitly privilege applicants and initiatives from historically under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions in our decision-making processes.


You can use the Megaphone Residency to work alone or with collaborators (paid at ITC rates from the bursary) to write, research, develop, and/or devise a new idea, play, performance, or other theatre venture. The residency could also be used to complete further development of an ongoing, not yet fully-produced, project.
If you have a project that you feel we would like to support but that doesn’t quite fit the above criteria, then tell us about it anyway.

If an artist would like a private sharing of work developed through the residency, rather than a public sharing at our pop up festival, this can be agreed.

Residencies will run through from April 2017- June 2017.


Sara Shaarawi
Maryam Hamidi
Annie George
with the support of the Workers Theatre members


Applications will be open from 13 March to 3rd April. All applicants will be notified of the results before the end of April.


Please email all submissions and enquiries to: with the subject heading ‘Megaphone||your name’

Please include your name and address in a covering email and on your proposal. Your proposal should not be longer than one side of A4.


  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Tell us about your project:
  • How will the residency benefit your practice?
  • Why are you excited about this idea?
  • Will you complete the residency alone or with collaborators? (Please name the collaborators and tell us about what they’ll be doing)
  • Why would you like to work with the Workers Theatre?

Please submit answers to the above questions either:

  • In writing: maximum one side of A4 in a Microsoft word/PDF format
  • As an audio or video recording of no more than 10 minutes uploaded to Vimeo or Youtube

Please also email us a short (no more than one side of A4) written overview of your professional work to date.

And attach examples of your work, either up to 3 page excerpt or as a 5 minute video clip.