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Physical Theatre Bursary

Application deadline:

5pm on Tuesday 22nd August 2023.


Surge is offering two bursaries for new physical theatre work suitable for live indoor performance to emerging, Scotland-based artists and companies. The chosen artists/companies will be given a budget of £3000 towards the creation of the piece plus mentoring from Surge. The piece will be presented as a 20/30 minute work-in-progress double bill at Manipulate Festival 2024. 


We are particularly interested in ideas that explore innovative visual language, storytelling without words and/or animating the inanimate. We are also interested in work that incorporates technology with live performance, although this is not essential. 



  • Present an idea for a new small-scale indoor physical theatre piece;

  • The piece needs to be suitable for performance in a theatre setting 

  • The performers and creative team need to be available for rehearsal periods between November 2023 and February 2024. Specific dates will be discussed upon offer. 

  • To be available for a performance at Manipulate Festival in February 2024. 


We will offer:

• Mentorship in the creation and delivery of the work 

  • £3000 budget

• Performance opportunity at Manipulate Festival 2024

  • Travel budget for performances

  • Rehearsal and creation space

  • Mentorship on an application to Creative Scotland, if required. 


To apply:

Please email your proposal (max. 500 words) and one short bio for each performer/collaborator (max. 100 words each), in one document, to Melanie Jordan –


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mel at, we can arrange a phone or video call.


The application deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 22nd August 2023.


Interviews will take place on Wednesday 13th September 2023. 

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