THE FIRST EDITION OF RAZE UP IS NOW COMPLETE - the project ran between January and August 2019. PLease watch this space for future opportunities!


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 involved 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), Ovalhouse (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.


  • £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.


The evaluation panel who awarded 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. www.thesickofthefringe.com)

  • 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)



Photographs by Holly Revell

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Raze Up Development Day

It’s hard to drag up when business keeps on dragging you down. But don't fear, Raze Collective have gathered together some renowned queer artists to give you a helping hand. We’re talking the nuts and bolts of the backend of showbiz. Think workshops on funding, marketing, contracts, producing and much much more! It will also be an opportunity for artists to network with peers and see some of the UK’s newest queer performance. A professional development day for queer artists of all disciplines to skill-up, meet-up, and Raze Up!

Book me please! A guide to performing professionally in clubs and theatres

This workshop will take you through the different offers, deals and set-ups you may encounter as a queer performer. It will look at the differences between queer clubs, cabaret nights and theatres, and show you what resources you'll need to sell your work.

Sell yourself! How to get your name out there

Make your presence known by following the useful tips in this workshop exploring how you can promote yourself online. We'll look at how you use images, social media and networks to help spread the word about your art.

Show me the money! Everything you need to know about budgets, funding and paying yourself

This workshop will teach you how to cost your act, how to write a budget and show you what you are worth, because believe me you're worth it darling. You'll also learn about different funding models including arts council funding.

Workshops will be led by leading queer artists  including: Bourgeoise & Maurice, Cocoa Butter Club, Figs in Wigs, Milk Presents and many more.

Raze Up Queer Performers Network

Join Raze and other queer performers to hear from award-winning queer artists and find out what’s going on in your city! A great opportunity to learn and network

Raze Up - Performance Showcase

An evening of some of the UK’s newest, brightest, and badass queer performers. Raze Collective have commissioned exciting queer performers from around the country to create anything from high-brow performance art darling to a bloody good night out. Join us for Raze Collective’s first ever commission showcase and see three new pieces of risk-taking, celebratory and innovative new performance in one night.

Raze Up Commissioned Artists are: Lasana Shabazz, Clumsy Bodies, SamOne SamTwo & Erinn Dhesi. Expect lip syncs, comedy and dance that covers everything from dating techniques and representation of trans identities to migration and colonial ideas of beauty and racism.

Supported by Arts Council England and East Creative