For Artists

Over the last few years we have worked with more than 300 artists, offering support from a one-off advice session to producing national tours. You can find out about our current opportunities, learn more about how we programme and read about the artists we are currently working with.

COVID-19 Update

Our most immediate priority right now is to find ways we can support artists and all the amazing people without whom we wouldn’t have any awesome events and experiences to share in the first place. Check out our opportunities page or sign up to our artist mailing list to find out what support we can offer.

We are genuinely here for you so if you need an extra pair of eyes on an emergency funding application, want a 1 to 1 chat about your work or have a suggestion of how best we can support artists at this time then please do get in touch.


If you are an artist, producer or other performance creative, or are starting out in your career then we offer a range of support which is open to anyone.

We send out a monthly email where we share our current opportunities and also those from other organisations across the country. If you’d like to sign up please click here.

We run a programme of low cost workshops and training sessions which cover topics such as project management, fundraising and finance, as well as opportunities to develop your performance skills.

You can search for current workshops on our Coming Up or Opportunities pages.

In addition we offer residencies, rehearsal space, commissions and other types of support. If you’d like to book a one to one advice session or chat through a project and use us to bounce ideas off then please contact us.

You can search for current opportunities in our Coming Up section.


We programme performance that is innovative, contemporary, high quality and ignites our fire.

We programme both indoor and outdoor work and we balance our programme to include work for early years, families, young people, and diverse communities.

Please have a look at our current and previous shows here to see if your work suits our programme before getting in touch. 

How we programme

  • We try to see as much of the work we programme as possible. Invite us to your show or a work in progress- we get out and about as much as we can
  • We try to meet and have conversations with artists before we programme their work
  • We are interested in companies that are willing to work in a flexible way, often in low tech and non theatre spaces in Gloucester
  • We work in partnership with our sister festival GL4, a new emerging festival that is situated on the Matson housing estate
  • We generally only programme 1 nighters
  • Our indoor spaces are usually small scale- max 150 capacity
  • We are interested in work that has engagement possibilities for audiences e.g. linked workshops or outreach activity
  • We do not programme just from emails

Sign up to our artist mailing list and have a look at our What’s On page and filter by opportunities, where we list call outs for residencies, scratch nights etc as this is often a good way to begin a discussion with us about your work.


We generally programme two seasons a year for Autumn and Spring, as well as some one off events in the summer.

Programming deadlines

Our Spring season is complete by July of the previous year

Our Autumn season programme is complete by March

To get in touch with Emma Jane Benning, Co-Artistic Director, who leads on our programming click here.

Who we’re working with

We work more closely with a small number of artists, supporting them as they develop new projects and producing their work ready to tour. These artists bring new ideas and exciting and underrepresented voices to the stage and our support is usually as a result of seeing their work at an early stage and building a relationship over a period of time.

Vinnie Heaven

Vinnie is a theatre maker, puppeteer and youth theatre facilitator. Their current creative practice is inspired by their experiences as a non-binary trans performer and gives a voice to gender queer issues.

Strike A Light recently produced the national tour of their solo show She’s A Good Boy which was accompanied by safe space workshops for young people.


We are working with JPDL on the development of a new show.

JPDL works with verse; writing, rapping spoken word.

Check his pages out to learn, about his different streams of work.

Too many projects for this blurb, to do the justice they deserve.

So hit the link and check his words, Strike A Light think that it’s worth it.

Viv Gordon

Viv Gordon is a theatre maker and arts & mental health campaigner. She is currently developing new projects that continue to explore the creative articulation of trauma.

Strike A Light have produced several of Viv’s shows and projects, including the national tour of I am Joan and most recently the tour of Oral.

Conrad Murray

Conrad Murray is an actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre maker who has performed around the UK, including at Battersea Arts Centre, Tate Britain and Southbank Centre as well as having his music showcased on the BBC Asia Network.

We recently produced the the tour of Conrad’s High Rise Estate of Mind, combining theatre with grime, beatbox and looping.

Raised Eyebrows Theatre

Raised Eyebrows Theatre are a Gloucestershire based theatre company who produce norm-challenging work for families.

Strike A Light supported the development and upcoming tour of Charmane. Using puppetry and live music this piece seeks to challenge gender norms and empower children, encouraging audiences to find their inner roar.

Jonny Fluffypunk

Jonny Fluffypunk is a poet and sustainable nihilist who began his career spitting vicious political verse between bands at punk gigs. As well as writing poetry he performs across the country, runs workshops and creates spoken word shows, performing in venues from Glastonbury Festival to a garden shed.

We are working with Jonny on his new project for families, End of The Pier Show.