Ideas Exchange 2018


Wednesday 31 January, 5pm

Credit: Photo by Jassy Earl

Thursday 29 March 2018
2 - 5pm


Wednesday 31 January, 5pm


We offer a fee of £180 per performer, £75 maximum towards materials and all reasonable travel expenses within Scotland.


The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

How to apply

If you have an idea for a short performance piece for children aged between 0-18 years that can be performed at the Festival Theatre Studio, please fill in the application form below and email it to with Ideas Exchange 2018 in the subject line.


Download Ideas Exchange application form 2018

We are looking for applications to curate an afternoon of high quality, inspiring works in progress by artists interested in creating theatre and dance for children and young people.  Our Ideas Exchange event is an excellent opportunity to try out ideas and receive peer feedback from industry colleagues including artists, programmers and producers. 

We welcome applications from artists with all levels of experience in making work for young audiences including those who haven't explored this before.  We are looking for ideas with potential (for any age from babies to late teens), for artists who take this audience seriously and to curate a programme that offers diversity in style, form, artform and who the work is for.

Ideas Exchange is an industry event which means there won’t be children in the audience, you should think about how your idea will work in this context and what you would want to learn or gain from the performance.  It is an event for works in progress and is not suitable for finished pieces or workshops, ideally you will have already done some early development or a scratch/sharing with this idea.

There will be some technical facilities (full tech spec for the venue can be downloaded here), we will provide a technician plus a rehearsal slot on the day.  The Festival Theatre studio will be split into two smaller performance spaces therefore technical and audience set up will be different to using the full main Studio space.  

If you would like to discuss your idea further you can email Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.