We’ve been blown away by the incredible range of submissions for DARE Festival 5! We received a total of 165 submissions from a hugely diverse range of artists from across the UK. It’s been thrilling to see the creativity and drive of all these wonderful theatremakers, and to experience the appetite for making playable theatre. […]
One Red BalloonOne small balloon. One epic journey. You’re a small balloon on an epic adventure. Fly your balloon as high as you can before it bursts. Popping clouds will get you bonus points, but if you bump into anything else, your balloon will burst! How high will you fly? A game inspired by the […]
DARE Festival 5: We Demand A Better FutureCall For Artists Please note that applications for DARE Festival 5 are now closed, as of noon on 2nd December 2020. We’re leaving this post up for reference purposes only. Upstart Theatre are thrilled to announce our call for artists for DARE Festival 5, which will take place […]
In this episode, recorded live at DARE Festival 2019, Tom talks to Dr David O’Brien about Panic! It’s an Arts Emergency, a ground-breaking study into inequality and taste in the arts in the UK. Read Panic: It’s an Arts Emergency. Find out more about Dave’s co-authored book Culture Is Bad For You. Follow Dave O’Brien on Twitter.
Beneath the City Production Photos by Ali Wright DESIGN TEAM Astrid BehrensDesigner Claire BrowneAssociate Designer Sherry CoenenLighting Designer Find out more about Beneath the City
We’re delighted to share with you our evaluation report for DARE Festival 2019! We’re really looking forward to bringing you an even more exciting lineup of new performance in October 2020 – in the meantime, happy reading.
We've been looking at the Government's announcement about the Points Based Immigration System and, to be honest, we couldn't really understand it. So we made a game. Want to play and see if YOU can be allowed into the modern paradise that is the UK?https://t.co/sJGcxwviyH pic.twitter.com/TvMFn7bJMZ — Upstart Theatre (@upstarttheatre) February 19, 2020
In our fourth episode, Tom talks to the Citizen Chorus of Beneath the City – a group of citizen performers in Birmingham who’ll be performing with us as part of The Chorus Project. We talked about access to housing and healthcare in the city; about the decline of a sense of social solidarity, and much more.
REPUBLIC Draughts Board Game Cafe, 24 September The year is 2119 and the Republic of Mars is finally free. As the leaders of the revolution, the future of the planet is now in your hands. Will it become a land of peace and freedom, or a war-torn wasteland? The choice is yours in this new […]
In Episode 3 of the theatre and democracy podcast, theatre directors Tom Mansfield (UK) and Christian Winkler (Austria), AKA Franz von Strolchen, talk about how taking part in democracy can be part of our cultural identity, reviving the Oresteia’s Satyr Play as an act of reconstructing a non-existent memory, and their shared love of the […]