Performance commissions 2019

Migration Matters Festival is now in its 4th year celebrating Refugee Week and this year will fall over the 14th-22nd June.

 We strongly believe in the way in which theatre, music and dance can be a powerful tool for social change, and therefore want to commission pieces that challenge, inspire and transform the way people perceive issues around migration as part of a multicultural Britain.

 Migration Matters Festival is looking to commission around 2 new pieces of work in line with the sentiments and mission statement of the festival.  We are interested in work that is exciting, innovative and challenging.

We are looking for commissions to engage with the Refugee Week 2019 theme:
‘You, me and those who came before’ #Generations  

We are especially interested in work that:

  • Work that is led by or involving people with lived experience of being a refugee

  • Transcends language barriers (not reliant on English)

  • Shows that are interdisciplinary

  • Shows that have bold and experimental ideas

  • Shows that shed a new light on a subject or issue

Performances should be 30-60 minutes in length. 


  • Shows that have already been toured

  • Shows that will be under 30 minutes in length

  • Shows that rely on a copyrighted script (no modern adaptations)


Winning commissions receive:


·       Up to £1000 for the commission

·       Video and photography of your project

·       Technical & venue support

·       Marketing and promotional support


If you are interested in applying please either fill in the google form below or download the file and send it to by 5pm on the 29th March 2019 

 Past Commissions have included:


  • Sunrit Culture Group – Bahukon (2017) - A journey of Kathak dance, from its early roots to the present day

  • Scatterlings – All over and everywhere (2017) - Inspired by issues of migration and belonging, a dance theatre piece which explore Post-Brexit problems trhough folk dances and the creation of a borderless Republic.

  • Mengting Zhuo – Before the Wall (2017) - A semi-autobiographical live art performance with striking visual design and a Kafkaesque ambience. Who is allowed to cross the border? Who is actually trapped? Is it all of us?

  • Althea Theatre – Jericho’s Rose (2018) - This solo show explores the experience of displacement from a dual perspective – a grandfather struggling with Alzheimer’s and an international artist struggling to stay in the UK.

  • White Tree Theatre – The Castaways (2018) - In the not to distant future, flooding and coastal erosion have ravaged many parts of the UK, and scores of towns and cities have been destroyed