Stroud Shakespeare Festival: Call out for theatre makers and volunteers!


The Stroud Shakespeare Festival is a brand new open-air theatre festival for Stroud and South Gloucestershire, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum in the Park just outside the town centre.

Over the course of 3 days the festival will present a diverse programme of theatrical events to suit theatre goers of all ages, including headline theatre performances, workshops, live music and opportunities for all to get involved in the theatre of the great William Shakespeare.

The festival is hosted by Five Valleys Productions (5VP) who, as well as performing a double bill of Shakespeare’s plays, are looking for submissions from emerging and established theatre makers who would like to perform at the festival. This includes new writing companies, inter-disciplinary artists, dance companies and artists who make work for children and families.

Festival Director Alan Mandel Butler, explains, “We are thrilled to open submissions for Stroud’s first Shakespeare Festival. The South West is home to some of the most exciting and vibrant artists who consistently make work that thrills, excites and challenges audiences. We want to hear from a wide range of artists from across the region who would be interested in presenting their work at the Festival including professionals, amateur dramatics societies, universities, colleges, schools and youth groups.”

The Stroud Shakespeare Festival offers the chance to immerse audiences in three days of new and extraordinary theatrical experiences based on the work of William Shakespeare made by a wide range of fantastic theatre makers. As well as opportunities to perform, 5VP are offering opportunities for artists who would like to offer workshops for people of all ages and all levels of ability. This is not limited to theatre, the only requirement being that the themes link to those of Shakespeare’s work.

The festival will be hosted by 5VP, Museum in the Park and SGS College and be entirely volunteer-run. Submissions are also open for local volunteers with a variety of skills and experience to become a part of a diverse team to help bring the festival to life. Visit website for more details.

What they’re looking for:

Artists/Companies/Theatre Makers based in the South West who consider their practice and work to be in line with Stroud Shakespeare Festival’s (SSF) ambition and mission.

Companies ready to either:  Re-stage an existing production that has been presented in the past twelve months or stage a new production in development that can be performed at SSF - Productions of Shakespeare’s work (extracts, edited versions, staged readings or workshop productions accepted)  - Productions that are inspired by the work of Shakespeare - Productions that fit into one of the 4 spaces available. (details on the website)

SPACES (approx. capacity)

1. The Lawn (100 seats) | 2. The Orangery (100 seats) | 3. The Tiered Garden (50 seats) | 4. The Courtyard (30 seats)

What they’re offering:

A slot at the Stroud Shakespeare Festival - A variety of opportunities to perform, potentially more than once (dependent on final programme - 75% of the net Box Office from the performances - Marketing support: presence in all SSF print, online and social media channels - Support from members of the SSF Theatre Team.

How to apply:

Download the application form from (email your application form to

The SSF would also like to see examples of your work, please send whatever you think best illustrates your practice. This could be a script, photos, showreel, website, blog, videos etc.

If you are applying to present an existing show, please send as much supporting material on the production as you can! If you are applying to present a new show, please send an outline of your current thinking and ideas for the project.

The deadline for all submissions is 5pm 31st January 2018.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the festival or the submission process further then please contact Festival Director Alan Mandel Butler at