New Work Works General Information

Bath Fringe and Streats Ltd. have been running Bedlam Fair for over 25 years now. We've always liked to encourage new work, but it eventually became clear that there was a definite need for an event that made more of a point of doing precisely that - so for the last few years we’ve run a programme with supporting new work as its focus. New Work Works is aimed at you rather than at potential bookers – for you to find out whether your new work for this summer really works yet, while you've still got time to fix it! This project offers the opportunity to work with our artistic directors to polish your new show before hitting the streets.

Bath is well provided when it comes to sites for outdoor and intervention work.
Swathes of pedestrianised streets, squares, parks, open spaces, countryside on our doorstep, and even the occasional empty retail or industrial building.
It has tourists looking to be intrigued and entertained; and, after 40 years of street arts events, it also has a large specialist audience eager for new experiences and new talent.

We’re looking in particular to support artists from the South West, but that doesn’t mean others can’t apply, and in particular those with connections and previous form (and audience interest) in these parts. We welcome applications from performers from a diversity of backgrounds. We’re after completed shows (even if only first versions) rather than work-in-progress. The chosen performances / performers will be required for Bedlam Fair on Saturday 1st  and/or Sunday 2nd June. Performance sites are currently TBC.
What we're looking for:
• Walkabout & promenade performances (and we're especially keen on those that interact or improvise with the public)
• Installations – we mean mostly performances that can take place within installations, or ones that change/develop over time – suitable for non-gallery spaces.
• Classic street performance.
• Performances that appear out of nowhere and return there.
• The unexpected.
• Work including interventions in cyberspace or other places in the public realm.
• Pieces that transform their environment.
• Shows whose sets don't look like sets.
• Acts using street furniture or other elements of the everyday environment.

What we will do:
• A per person per day fee (£100), accommodation (if required), and some hospitality
• Technical assistance & event infrastructure
• Publicity in Bath Fringe & Bedlam Fair marketing materials
• Online information about you and your show - which we intend will still be a useful resource after the event.
• Time with an suitable qualified director to help polish your performance and refine your existing work.
• A weekend of workshops focussing on aspects of performing on the street, such as interaction with audiences, as well as the business side of things.
•  Our workshop leaders will be on hand during the performance weekend to advise, and after watching your show will give you an appraisal of what you're doing and things you might like to think about. They will also arrange to contact you later in the season to check how things have progressed.
• Provide photos of your work and inclusion in a video of the weekend for your use

How we will choose:
We’ll be picking the proposals that we think show the most merit and that would get the most out of what we are offering, but we also keep the audience in mind and try to provide variety and entertainment for them.

We're pleased to say that Arts Council England have agreed to support this project again in 2019. The application process for performers is open until March 15th and we'll contact you again soon after that.