The Lab applications now open


The Lab
During the last year The Old Vic has connected with over 1,000 artists by giving 3,000 hours of free rehearsal space at The Old Vic Workrooms. We want to continue to develop this resource by launching The Old Vic Lab, offering space and support to 70 different projects throughout the next year.

How can I apply?
We are inviting emerging artists and companies to apply for up to two weeks of free rehearsal or workshop space between October 2016 January 2017.

Applications have now closed. We will aim to inform successful applicants by Monday 3 October.

Applications will open again in January and April for bookings later in the year.

What do I get?
If successful, we will allocate you selected dates in one of our rehearsal spaces at The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey. The time and space will be yours to do with as you see fit and a member of The Old Vic team will be available to offer feedback and advice on future development. You will also have access to the Green Room, a relaxing breakout space and central hub for artists working in the building.

What are you looking for?
We hope that access to The Lab will help forge interesting collaborations, pushing the boundaries of process and form. We want The Lab to generate work that resonates with contemporary society and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We are looking to develop untold stories that we dont tend to see or hear on our stages. Priority will be given to work that goes some way in achieving these aims.

Please note we are not necessarily looking for work to programme at The Old Vic, but would like to support the development of projects that could belong elsewhere in the wider industry.

We are looking for a mixture of projects with a variety of requirements, so please try to be accurate about how much time and space you need. As with each role at The Old Vic, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled theatre makers as they are currently underrepresented in the industry.

How much does it cost?
Absolutely nothing! Or maybe a tweet or two

Can I get some help?
We will be holding a drop-in session on Wednesday 7 September, 6-8pm at The Old Vic Workrooms.

This will be a chance to talk to Old Vic staff about your idea or application and to look at the space and resources. If you are struggling with any part of the application, please come along as we will be happy to help.

In order to attend the drop-in session please sign up here.

Quotes from The Old Vic Workrooms users:
I can think of nowhere else that offers free space. This is an extraordinary resource for a young company and is sometimes the difference between being able to make the show and not. It’s a great community and really exciting place to be able to use

The impact is huge. Without space to work it would have been completely impossible to get any of our projects or even our company off the ground.

I feel more so than ever that The Old Vic is an extremely supportive organisation that is ready to offer time and resources to emerging artists.

Supported by

The DOyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Nol Coward Foundation and The Stanley Picker Trust.