New Playable Theatre Workshops

We’re delighted to be sharing our new programme of Playable Theatre Workshops! We’ll be running online workshops every month between now and the end of 2021, all of which are aimed at theatremakers who want to explore how you can use game design techniques to power-up your relationship with audiences.

The Chorus Project: Online Festival

This week sees the culmination of our three-year international collaboration, The Chorus Project with a three day festival. We, along with MKC in North Macedonia, Theater am Lend in Austria and Pathos Theater in Germany, have come together to make four new shows inspired by The Oresteia – the oldest surviving series of plays in […]

Our DARE Festival Shortlist

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 Balloon

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 – Call For Artists

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 […]

PODCAST EPISODE 5 – Is Culture Bad For You? (with Dr Dave O’Brien)

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

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

DARE Festival 2019 – What we learned

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.

BritQuest

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

PODCAST EPISODE 4 – How to Make Birmingham a Fairer City

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.