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The Telephone Plays

Created by Yolanda Mercy, The Telephone plays (working title), is a short audio story telling experience in which audiences pick up a phone and listen to a live performance of an audio play. 

Yolanda Mercy is a Writer and Performer for stage, screen and audio who works nationally and internationally. Over the past 2 years she has worked on projects in 8 countries and across 3 continents. She was named Artist to Watch by the British Council, part of the BBC Writersroom and her writing has featured in Huffington Post.

Yolanda brought her award winning play ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ to Gloucester in 2018.

🗓 Dates:

  • Thursday 20 August

⏰ Times:

  • 6pm & 8pm (15 minutes)


This is a work in progress. Yolanda is looking for people to take part to help test her ideas to further develop the project.

Details on how to take part will be sent via the email you provide when booking your place. (Please note these may not be sent immediately on booking but will be sent ahead of the performance).

You will need access to a telephone (this can be a mobile phone or landline).

Any questions get in touch

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Stella Workshops

You are invited to Zoom to the Moon with Stella, the Star Engineer. She’s the girl who lives on the Moon and it’s her job to keep all the stars shining up in the sky.

What to expect

This 40 minute workshop for families is based on Filskit Theatre’s show, Stella. The workshop will be hosted online by Hannah Thompson, the actress and aerialist who plays Stella.

It is a fun, interactive training session for any budding star and space enthusiasts. Be prepared to move, to laugh, to be a bit silly and maybe even wish upon a star. 

🗓 Dates:

  • Wednesday 5 August: 3-6 year olds
  • Thursday 6 August: 7-9 year olds
  • Friday 7 August: All ages welcome


  • All 2pm (40 minute workshop)


Workshops will take place on Zoom. There is limited capacity to make this a special, interactive experience. Each workshop is adapted to suit a specific age range with all ages welcome on 7 August.

Places are booked per household. So if you have more than one child taking part together you only need to book one ticket.

You will receive a Zoom link via email (the link will not be sent immediately after booking but will be sent ahead of the session).

If you’ve got any questions drop us an email

Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉👏🌟

Past Opportunities

ACE Project Grants Chat

Arts Council England Project Grants re-open for applications on 22 July.

They have released new guidance that outlines what has changed to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. 

We are hosting a space for artists and producers to talk through the guidance and ask any questions on Tuesday 4 August at 2pm.

The chat will take place on Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to the email address you provide when booking your place.

If you have any questions please email Jess on

Past Opportunities

Of Earth & Sky: Call Out for words & poetry

Launching in August this year, Of Earth and Sky is a new artwork by Luke Jerram commissioned by the Gloucester Culture Trust in partnership with Strike A Light, Gloucester City Council and Gloucester Cathedral. 

Created from poetry and text submitted by the public, the artwork will be embedded within communities and presented in over 25 locations across Gloucester for people discover and enjoy. 

Call Out for Your Words!
If you’re based in Gloucestershire, we are seeking your original words and poetry for this new art project. Read and complete the submissions form here!

The text and poetry for Of Earth and Sky will come from the community through this call out and a series of online workshops delivered by Luke Jerram and Gloucestershire based poet JPDL.

As we begin to cautiously emerge from the lockdown, there is a sense that we better appreciate the value of local parks and green space for our wellbeing, mental and physical health. This installation will celebrate the city’s outdoor spaces and encourage people to look differently at Gloucester – to see the beauty in its heritage and in its green spaces. Find out more.

Autumn 2020 distanced Events Participation Youth Theatre

Gloucestershire Arts Award Discover at Home

Check out our first digital arts award challenge from Strike A Light youth theatre practitioner Tom who will lead you through a magical corridor of games and improvisation to ignite your imagination.

Discover at Home is a special on-line version of Arts Award Discover, the first level of Arts Award and is aimed at children aged 11 and under. Arts Award is a set of awards for children and young people that gets them involved in and excited about arts and culture and celebrates their creative achievements.

Usually children are supported to achieve Arts Award by a trained Arts Award adviser. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, Arts Award Discover at Home has been designed to keep children engaged in the arts and creative while they are at home.

This resource is open to parents and carers, as well as schools and groups and can be delivered as part of a home-school partnership – ideal for summer holiday or transition and recovery projects into the Autumn term.

Discover at Home encourages children to:

  • develop a basic understanding of the arts
  • take part in arts activities
  • develop a basic understanding of communication

The structure of Arts Award Discover at Home

Children do this by completing all three parts:

  • Part A: take part in creative or arts activities and discover different types of ‘art’
  • Part B: find out about at least one artist and their work
  • Part C: share with others what they enjoyed and learned through doing the award

Thank you so much for taking part! If you’ve enjoyed this why not join our Youth Theatre in September?


Strike A Light #PullUpOrShutUp

Strike A Light’s response to #PullUpOrShutUp

We completely support the call for action for greater transparency regarding Black representation in the British Theatre industry.

Trustees (2019/20)
Any other white background10%
Black/Black British – African20%
White British70%
Staff (2019/20)
Black/Black British – African9%
Mixed – White & Black Caribbean9%
White British82%
Residency Artists (2019/20)
Black/Black British- African23.8%
Black/Black British – Caribbean14.3%
Mixed – White & Asian4.8%
Prefer not to say9.5%
White British47.6%
Commissioned Artists (2019/20)
Black/Black British – African14%
Black/Black British – Caribbean14%
Mixed – White & Asian7%
White British43%
Events (2019/20)
Black Artists or Black led Companies23%

(11 members of staff)

(10 people on our board)

(21 artists)

(Residencies 2019/20)

Commissioned Artists
(14 artists)

Past Opportunities

I Stand For What I Stand On

We welcome applications from individuals from communities who are under-represented both in the arts and in climate conversations, particularly Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC creatives. 

Strike A Light are seeking an experienced director/writer/theatre maker to collaborate with an amazing group of young climate activists from Gloucester, to create a new piece of work.

The project will explore their relationship to the climate, their fears for the impending crisis and their place in the world as young activists.The journey to making this would connect with other young activists from across the globe, linking up and sharing fears, concerns and activism, as well as curating a collective voice.

The global pandemic, the fact we want to engage young people from around the world and the negative environmental impact of traditional touring theatre, means that we’d like to work with someone who has experience in using digital media and online tools creatively and is excited to explore different formats for performance and touring.

We want to explore lots of questions:

  • Can we create something with a live audience which still responds to social distancing guidelines?
  • Can we integrate in person and digital performance and audiences?
  • Can we create a format which can be shared or replicated by other groups of young people? 

We would like the piece, (working title I Stand For What I Stand On), to preview in October underneath Gaia at Gloucester Cathedral.

Due to the changing nature of all of our working patterns at the moment we are flexible as to how this work is made and open to new ideas. SAL are firmly committed to the young climate activists in Gloucester and their strong will to change legislations and ultimately help save the planet.They fear for their future and we believe we should listen to them.

What are are looking for

A creative or company/collective who:

  • is good at and likes working with young people
  • makes extraordinary work
  • understands digital stuff and is excited about the potential of it
  • is an activist and has a deep understanding of the issues that the work is about
  • wants to change the world through performance
  • can lift up under-represented voices in the climate debate
  • can work with us during these times and support an amazing group of young people to make a life-changing piece of theatre that will help them feel better about their future.

How to apply

Please send no more than 2 x pages of A4 ( or a video) with information about a piece of work you have made that you feel has a similar approach, and how you might approach this project.

Please also include a CV or link to a bio or similar online.

Email your application to

Fee: £8,000 (based on the project proposal we will work with the successful applicant to develop a role description to clarify what is expected within this fee. Due to the nature of the project the role will combine developing, writing and directing).

Initial timeframe: July-October 2020
Closing date: Monday 13 July 9am 

If you have any questions or want to chat to someone about the project please contact

Past Opportunities

Gloucester Looking Up: Digital Commissions

A fantastic opportunity from Gloucester History Festival to create digital projects as part of their City Voices programme, including commissions to support local artists to create accessible programmes of activities to develop audiences and bring Gloucester’s heritage sites to life.

Gloucester Looking Up is a city-wide heritage venue response to Covid-19 inspiring new communities to look up at the buildings, look up online, look up their heritage and ensuring the city’s built and lived heritage is part of our shared recovery. It is funded by Historic England.

This brief details the first stage of this process, commissioning a range of digital outputs that will be hosted by the new Gloucester History Festival website (currently in development, to be launched in July 2020) as part of our community education programme City Voices. A second phase of creative commissions will be advertised in July, for projects which are not exclusively digital, and can be accessed within social distancing guidelines across the city.

Gloucester History Festival (GHF), run by the Gloucester History Trust, is a flagship festival for a city rich with high-profile heritage venues. City Voices is a key part of our programme, working with local communities, artists and historians to engage new audiences to explore the rich social history in the city. GHF is a key member of Gloucester’s Heritage Forum (HF) which includes Gloucester Cathedral, Llanthony Secunda Priory, St Mary de Crypt, the museums and other heritage sites. GHF and HF are collaboratively tackling the impacts of the current crisis by:

  • Providing an immediate city-wide response working with the community to provide virtual access to our venues
  • Providing a relevant, innovative activity programme, bringing together heritage and cultural sectors, attracting new, younger and diverse audiences
  • Building capacity and resilience by embedding collaborative partnership working at our core, working with our communities to make heritage part of everyday lives
  • Raising the profile of our organisations and city as having some of the richest heritage buildings in the UK

We will be programming 3 interconnecting activity strands which will directly respond to the current crisis and contribute to the recovery of the heritage sector.
1. Digital Map – providing virtual tours of venues across the city
2. Living History – working with communities to capture history being lived right now
3. Cultural Commissions – supporting local artists to create accessible programmes of activities, developing audiences and bringing heritage sites to life

This first series of commissions is for digital artists, illustrators, graphic designers and filmmakers to create product which is hosted on the GHF website initially and also on a Visit Gloucester website when that has been revised. The product will be accessed through an interactive map that is designed for this project.

The map should represent modern Gloucester in scale and layout, it may be helpful to have a full city with wards, as well as a detailed city centre map. The heritage buildings below should be represented as a minimum requirement, with further selections from the list on the right, reference to sites outside the centre, and travel links indicated.

  • Gloucester Cathedral St Michaels Tower
  • Llanthony Secunda Priory Olympus Theatre
  • Museum of Gloucester National Waterways Museum
  • St Mary DeCrypt church Robinswood Hill- Wildlife Trust
  • Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Gloucester Guildhall
  • Westgate Street/ The Folk Soldiers of Gloucester Museum
  • Blackfriars Priory Mariners Church
  • Kingsholm Stadium Alney Island

There is a maximum budget of £1,500 for this element

2. Film ‘tours’ of heritage venues/ areas. We are particularly interested in receiving film proposals that use different narratives and community voices. We will be able to support filmmakers in contacts with the venues and their volunteers

There is a budget of £500 – £2,000 for this element per film. Given the range of locations we are keen to explore, an exceptional application may identify several films that link together, to a maximum budget of £7,500.

3. Digital Content. We are interested in receiving applications that explore Gloucester heritage in innovative ways that can be shared via the website platform. This could include, but is not limited to, resources that are downloadable and support individual exploration of the City.

There is a budget of £500 – £1,500 for this element

All commissions will need to be completed and uploaded to website by 1 September 2020

Application process
To apply please submit your CV, and a proposal no longer than 2 sides of A4 which includes:
– Which commission(s) you are applying for
– A proposal detailing how you would run the project, including how you would engage
with the community and your ideas for style and content
– A budget breakdown
– Links to relevant previous work, website or social media
– Anything else you may feel relevant to support or add value to your application

For further information or queries please call Jacqui Grange, Project Manager on 01452 840565, or email

Please send completed applications to Kim Kenny, by Monday 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview via Zoom

Past Opportunities

Gloucester Future Producers

The deadline has now passed. These sessions will be taking place online while lockdown is in effect.

What is it?

Gloucester Future Producers is a chance to develop your skills in and find out more about:

  • Producing festivals
  • Touring shows
  • Creating events
  • Promoting gigs

You’ll work with other aspiring producers and promoters, meet and hear from different festivals and events professionals to build your network. We’ll look at different areas of producing including:

  • Programming and booking performers
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Fundraising and managing budgets
  • Managing live events

You will have the opportunity to produce events in Gloucester with an allocated budget and to undertake a work placement. These events and work placements are currently planned for Autumn 2020.

Who is it for?

If you’re over the age of 18, live in Gloucester or want to get involved with the Gloucester events scene then this is for you. 

You could already be running your own events and want to build your network and develop your career. Or you could just be interested in festivals and events and want to find out more.

The placement you do can be tailored to suit your commitments and the opportunities you’re interested in. There’s no minimum number of hours required so you might want to shadow someone on an event for a day or two, or take on a role in a festival team for a couple of weeks.  We will assist you to find a work placement opportunity.

When and where is it?

Sessions will take place on Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

From 3 June – 15 July

These sessions are currently planned to take place online (via zoom).

More session dates will be announced asap. These follow up sessions will allow participants to work together to use what they have learnt to produce an event of their own in Gloucester.

How do I apply?

If you’d rather talk in person or on the phone instead of applying in writing then get in touch and we can set something up.

Deadline for applications: Monday 18 May 2020

Some of the 2019 Future Producers at Gloucester Rooftop Festival

What if I have questions?

Check out these FAQs

Email or message Strike A Light via Instagram or Facebook.

Will the COVID-19 situation affect the delivery of the course?

Some adjustments have been made due to the COVID-19 situation. We have updated the timeline so the first round of sessions will now take place between 3 June & 15 July. These sessions will be held online (via zoom or similar). There will be a second round of sessions at some point this autumn (providing it is safe to do so) for participants to work together to produce their own events. We will be monitoring the situation and updating the delivery and timeline accordingly. 

Gloucester Future Producers is a part of Gloucester Culture Trust’s Talent Development Programme & is delivered by Strike A Light.

Supported by The Music Works, Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Great Place.

Past Opportunities

Introduction to Writing a Funding Bid

Create Gloucestershire are hosting an online course for Gloucestershire based artists, fundraisers and those working with creative groups to get started writing funding bids.

About this Event

This is an online guided course to get you started writing funding bids; packed full of practical, relevant ideas and activities to put it all in to action. Delivery will be friendly and hands-on, providing lots of opportunities for discussion and questions as well as activities to apply the information provided. The course will cover local Gloucestershire based funders as well as national funder opportunities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the current funding landscape. We will provide a short update of changes and what this might mean for future fundraising. The workshop focuses on the key aspects of writing a bid and pitching your project so you can use this time to develop your skills to strengthen your future fundraising and also to apply for the current commissions and emergency funding pots that have become available, where relevant.

The course will consist of 3 short session run on 2 consecutive Thursdays via the online platform Zoom:

  • Thursday 14th May 10-11.30am webinar
  • Thursday 21st May 
    • Part 1 – 10.00 – 11.00am webinar
    • Part 2 – 10.00am – 11.15am offline, independent research
    • Part 3 – 11.45am – 1.00pm webinar

We will cover:

  • Who are funders and what are they looking for?
  • Jargon busting
  • Planning your bid
  • Pitching your project
  • Budgeting for your bid
  • Working with partners
  • Showing what your project will do
  • Increasing your chances of success
  • Next steps and getting started on your bid

Ideal for those: running creative groups or activities you want to secure funding for, interested in an arts career, artists producing their own work, students, or if you have just taken on a fundraising role.

Background to the project

This project is supported by Tewkesbury Creatives, part of Create Gloucestershire; a county wide network working to make art every day for everyone. Tewkesbury Creatives is a new network for people in the town and surrounding areas interested in making the area a more creative place to live, work and play.

The course will be led by Christina Poulton an experienced Producer, Arts Trainer and Project Manager in partnership with Create Gloucestershire and Tewkesbury Creatives . You can sign up for news about Tewkesbury Creatives here. Find out more about Christina here:


This course is subsided by Create Gloucestershire to make it accessible to as many people who could benefit as possible. The cost to particpate is £12. However, if this cost is a barrier please contact Caroline@creategloucestershire to explore bursary options.