Thank you Emma!

Today the Upstart team are saying goodbye and thank you to our brilliant friend and colleague Emma Sampson.

June 2021 News

Join us for adventures in space, online, and in theatres!

DARE Festival 5: What we learned

We’re publishing the evaluation report for our first ever online DARE Festival! It was an adventure with some real challenges behind it, and we wanted to share what we’ve learned.

Apply for the International Playable Theatre Lab!

Applications are now open for the International Playable Theatre Lab! The Lab is a two-week digital residency offering artists in North Macedonia and Mexico the opportunity to explore the potential of interactive theatre.

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.

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.