Ways to develop your professional craft with Nottingham Playhouse.


These are informal events to meet Adam Penford and other artists before or after a specific show.


We run regular Amp Nights for artists to scratch their work in various stages of development. This is an opportunity for you to put your work in front of an audience and to have a conversation about how to progress it. We can offer basic technical support and £50 towards each act to cover expenses.
We will only consider submissions from those who wish to work professionally in theatre AND who originate from or currently reside in the East Midlands region (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire).

Become an Amplify Member to find out when we’re accepting Amp Night submissions.


Thank you to everyone who applied during our Spring 2020 window. Due to the ongoing situation, and because most of our employees are currently furloughed, we’ve taken the decision to hold these applications over to the Autumn. As soon as we have more news about how this will work, we’ll update these pages. Thank you for your patience.

There are two official Ideas Submission windows a year, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. We know that theatre is made in numerous ways and we’re interested in reading and hearing about exciting and dynamic ideas. We will take the best ideas/material and look at bespoke ways of developing these projects.

You can submit anything that’s a creative idea for performance. It could be a pitch, a proposal, a treatment or a script.


The festival is a celebration of the work made by artists from the region.

We present the most exciting finished performances and works-in-progress alongside a programme of workshops and networking opportunites.
Amplify Festival takes over the Playhouse with performances in the Neville Studio, Ustinov Room, Understudy Studio, found spaces around the building and in site-specific locations.

We want to represent the whole region, programme high-quality performances and celebrate the diversity of work being made by artists from the East Midlands.

Previous programming has included new writing, poetry, children’s theatre, interactive theatre, physical theatre, live art, site-specific, one-to-one performances and comedy.

Become an Amplify Member to keep up to date with all things Amplify.


This is an opportunity for artists or companies to develop a significant relationship with Nottingham Playhouse over the course of a two year attachment during which our expertise meaningfully supports the next stage of their career.

We offer a bespoke partnership supporting their practice throughout their time with us. We hope that through being a Creative Associate they would also invest in the building. This might be sharing skills with Amplify or the Participation Department or it might be introducing us to new ideas and creative practice.

We advocate for them nationally, offer space and building resources, artistic support and the opportunity to make work. We want to support, shape and champion the most exciting talent from the region.

Creative Associates are ambassadors for Nottingham Playhouse, supporting the work we make as well as being supported and are a significant part of our organisation.

You can read about our current Creative Associates here


We regularly offer workshops for professional development. These are a mixture of practical and discussion based events led by professionals from within our building and outside. Sometimes these are run in partnership with other organisations. They range from workshops addressing creative practice to addressing the business and industry side of being an artist.


If you are an Amplify member and would benefit from specific advice around a project, we can discuss how Nottingham Playhouse may be able to offer their expertise.

Enquiries might include:
• Finance and Budgeting
• Tour booking
• Social Media
• Marketing
• Funding Applications
• Production Management

To enquire about this please email the Artist Development Producer craigg@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk


Sometimes the best way for us to get to know an artist is to see their work. You can invite us to see a work-in-progress, pop in to a rehearsal, or come and watch a full show. The Artist Development Producer is usually the one to come and see something but if they can’t make it there are other members of staff and our Creative Associates who can deputise.

Due to the volume of requests it is really helpful to invite us as early (ideally 8 weeks in advance although we appreciate this isn’t always possible).
If we can’t make it you are welcome to send us a filmed version. We don’t expect these to be high quality and can be a filmed run-through on a smartphone or tablet. Don’t worry if sound and lighting don’t come across as well as the live performance, we are used to this!

To find upcoming dates and apply for opportunities, head to our Amplify Diary and Upcoming Opportunities Page. Call-outs are also on our Job Vacancies Page.