Symoné performing with Cocoa Butter Club at Raze Weekender  Photo by Holly Revell

Symoné performing with Cocoa Butter Club at Raze Weekender

Photo by Holly Revell



Raze recently received funding from Arts Council England and a donation from East Creative to deliver Raze Up - a professional development programme for queer performers. This involves the award of four Raze Collective Commissions for new and emerging queer performers.

Each commission is worth £1,500 to develop a 20 minute work for performance in Theatres. We will provide high levels of support, including access to directors, producers, technical crew, marketing and other expertise from within the Collective, alongside support for production costs. Each work will be presented as part of a showcase in at least 3 of our partner Theatres, which include Contact (Manchester), The Pleasance (London), Cambridge Junction, The Old Fire Station (Oxford) and Derby Theatre, alongside other performance opportunities such as our summer festival event at the Southbank Centre (London).

The Raze Up programme will also involve the provision of professional development workshops and networking events for queer performers at each of the partner theatres.

The commission

  • £1,500 commissioning fee to develop a 20 minute show.

  • Up to 3 performance opportunities across the UK, with fee of £100 per performance (up to a maximum of £200 for small groups).  

  • Possible rehearsal space in-kind, through Raze network (TBC).

  • Opportunity for scratch performance and feedback during the development process.


We welcome applications from any discipline that is suitable for live performance in a Theatre; and from individuals or small groups of performers.

  • The commissions will be awarded to artists who identify as LGBTQI+.

  • At least one commission will be awarded to an artist who identifies as transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming.

  • At least one commission will be awarded to an artist with a disability.

  • Two commissions will be awarded to performers who primarily live and work outside of London.

  • We particularly encourage applications from queer and trans performers of colour.

  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate commitment to pursuing performance as a career and be able to show some previous performance experience.

  • There is no age limit on the commissioned artists, however we will focus on artists who currently do not make a full-time living from their performance, but would like to develop a professional career. It is unlikely that we will award commissions to artists who have already had their own solo show in a theatre, or who have received independent Arts Council funding.

THE Panel

The evaluation panel who will award the commissions comprises:

  • Tracy Gentles (Director, The Sick of the Fringe - supporting the development of step change in artists' work, focusing on marginalisation through health, disability, class, race, sexuality and intersectional difference.

  • Daniel Kok (Arts Producer at Cambridge Junction)

  • Catherine McNamara (Pro-Dean and Reader in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; Founder of Gendered Intelligence).

  • Roxanne Moores (Creative Producer at Contact, Manchester)

  • Tim Other (Executive Director at the Raze Collective)

  • Leo Skilbeck (Writer and Director at Milk Presents)

  • Jo Tyabji (Director and Performer, Co-AD of Ivo Theatre and Associate at Milk Presents. Drags as Joé de Vivre)

  • Daniel Vais (Social Choreographer and Creative Director at Culture Device, Radical Beauty and Drag Syndrome)

THE Application

Please make your application through the application form below.

We are happy to receive applications that include multiple formats (either uploaded or linked to online content), including written, online presentation, audio and video. However, please make your application as succinct as possible, as it is unlikely panelists will have time to review very long applications, which may put you at a disadvantage. If your application is written please keep it below 600 words total. If you are submitting a video, please make sure it is no longer than 3 minutes.

Please make sure you clearly provide the following information:

  • An explanation as to how you meet all or some of the 7 criteria outlined above.

  • A history of your performance experience to date, including links to any videos or reviews of previous work. [If written max 200 words]

  • An outline of the performance you would develop with the commission funds. [If written max 200 words]

  • A budget outline of how you would spend the commission funds.

  • A statement of your future plans in relation to developing a career in performance and how the commission would make a difference to you personally. [If written max 200 words]

THE deadline

  • The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm GMT on Friday 28th December 2018.

  • Candidates will be notified during the week of 14th January 2019 (this may be subject to change).

  • Successful applicants will be expected to have developed their performance by mid-March 2019.  

  • Performance dates range from April to July 2019.