The diversity of artists involved in British Theatre is one its great strengths. The difficulty of gaining a footing in the arts establishment if you are not from a narrow range of backgrounds is one of its great weaknesses. Through the ArcolaLAB we will bring more excellent art to more people, by providing space and support for diverse artists.”

Mehmet Ergen, Artistic Director of Arcola Theatre

Through Arcola Lab, we offer 26 weeks of free rehearsal space every year to theatre-makers and artists of colour. We want to support the development of new creative ideas and to encourage new, diverse voices.

Arcola Lab offers from 1 day to up to a week’s use of Studio 3, 4 or 5.  If you wish, we can support you to host a small showcase at the end of your residency. As well as this, you’ll get the chance to share your ideas with other actors, directors and creatives currently producing shows on Arcola Theatre stages. How you use the time is up to each individual artist, and each artist is responsible for their own arrangements during their residency, although limited support from the Arcola team is available.

Applications are assessed one quarter in advance:

  • July for residencies in Oct-December
  • October for residencies in Jan-March
  • January for residencies in April-June
  • April for residencies in July-September

Arcola Lab is offered in partnership with Sustained Theatre and The London Hub.