About ArtsLab

Through a programme of initiatives across the year, including ground-breaking residential workshops, The North Wall supports the production of new work and development opportunities for early-career and professional artists. We call this our ArtsLab. To find out about current opportunities, click here.

Who is it for?

Early-Career Artists

ArtsLab provides opportunities for young, talented theatre artists aged 18-25 to succeed and excel as professionals. Through our residential workshops, for example, young artists work as an ensemble with professionals to a deadline to create, rehearse and perform. They gain rare experience of being part of a company producing new work.

We hold an open national call out to recruit young people from across the UK through auditions and interviews. They are united by their talent and by their desire to pursue a career in the arts.

Artistic Development and R&D

ArtsLab supports professional writers, directors and actors, giving them the space and time to research and develop new work.

We establish ongoing, creative partnerships with theatre companies including: Iron Shoes, previously associate company at The Bush; and multi-award-winning international ensemble Theatre Ad Infinitum. We also work closely with individuals at all stages in their careers, including Tom Wainwright, alumnus of the prestigious Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme; Al Smith, under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and winner of the inaugural BFI Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize; and Barney Norris; winner of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2015.

What do we do?

ArtsLab Summer Residential

The annual ArtsLab Summer residential workshop focuses on all aspects of the performing arts including theatre, music and dance. Offered free of charge with up to 45 places each year won through audition and interview, it offers talented young actors, writers, designers, musicians and directors the chance to work as an ensemble to create new work, in collaboration with highly experienced theatre professionals, to the benefit of both.


StageWrite is a year-round programme of theatre-writing activities for talented young writers. It provides a framework of support for emerging theatre writers aged 18-25 to progress their work, with the most exceptional writers each year having the opportunity to stage their script as part of a new ‘Showcase of New Plays’ event at The North Wall.

As part of our StageWrite programme, the North Wall’s Easter residential workshop Catalyst, offers targeted opportunities to support talented individuals in writing and directing for theatre.

The North Wall Writer-in-Residence provides an opportunity for an early stage career professional to work closely with the North Wall over the course of a year, with a focus on mentoring young writers and developing their own writing.

Productions and Co-productions

The North Wall is a producing house: we produce home-grown work ourselves and also collaborate with leading theatre companies on new productions. Our most recent in-house production, Song of Riots, was written and co-directed by the North Wall’s Artistic Director Lucy Maycock, and marked the culmination of our long-term artistic association with Awake Projects. The play employed 6 former North Wall residential workshop participants, and provided further practical experience in a full production for these young talented artists.

Song of Riots premiered in April 2015 before touring to Battersea Arts Centre in October 2015.

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