Radical Ideas: Call for Submissions Autumn 2016

Radical Ideas: Call for Submissions Autumn 2016

In April 2016, Rich Mix turned ten. As part of our birthday celebrations we will be commissioning a range of new work that is rooted in the East End, and curating a programme that explores the historical, political and artistic context in which Rich Mix was conceived and founded. We intend for our programme to celebrate the rich diversity of the local area and to examine how the arts is closely linked to political and social change. This programme will look back at the history of protest, dissent and creativity in the East End and we hope that it will allow artists to imagine the London of the next decade and beyond.

For these celebrations, we are commissioning ten new pieces of work that will take place in our performance spaces upstairs between April 2016 and March 2017. Find out about the work we’ve commissioned for the Autumn season here.

We are offering a £500 commission, as well as rehearsal space here at Rich Mix, a performance included in the main programme and a split of the box office for the performance. Your proposal must be an original idea, which has not yet been shown, and cannot be shown elsewhere prior to your performance at Rich Mix. 

As a guide, we invite you to respond to one or more of the themes below:

  • Gentrification
  • Radicalisation
  • Protest
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Feminism
  • Housing
  • Arts Funding
  • Racism
  • Class
  • Rhetoric
  • Education
  • Social Mobility
  • Democracy
  • Borders
  • Migration


  • You must have been working in live performance for 5 years or less.
  • The work must be no longer than 90 minutes (excluding interval), however we will consider shorter works to be presented as part of a double or triple bill.
  • The available performance slots are as follows – Fri 20 January 2017, Sat 18 Feb 2017, Sat 25 Mar 2017. You must be available on one of these dates.

If your work is chosen, you will benefit from:

  • Inclusion in Rich Mix’s artistic programme.
  • A £500 commission
  • Ticket sale income on a box office split basis.
  • Inclusion in Rich Mix marketing materials.
  • Free performance space at Rich Mix in our studio theatre, supported by a full technical and front of house team.
  • Free rehearsal space in Rich Mix’s rehearsal room (At least 40 hours guaranteed, and more subject to availability and requirements).
  • Expert support and advice from Rich Mix’s creative team and selected partners.
  • The opportunity for your work to be seen by industry professionals and networking opportunities.
  • Guidance from Rich Mix on future performance opportunities.

The deadline for submissions is strictly midnight, Sunday 23 October 2016. To apply, please complete the Submission Form and send it to events@richmix.org.uk with ‘Radical Ideas– Submission’ in the subject line.

Your submission will be reviewed by a professional panel headed by Oliver Carruthers – Rich Mix’s Head of Programming, who will be joined by a selection of leading arts practitioners from across London.

Please feel free contact us on events@richmix.org.uk with any queries relating to your application.

About Rich Mix

Located in the heart of East London, Rich Mix is a charity and social enterprise that offers live music, film, dance, theatre, comedy, spoken word and a range of creative activities for people of all ages and cultures. All profits go back to support education, arts and community activities which nurture new and local talent.