Propel – Artist Call-Out

After a hugely successful launch at PUSH Festival 2018, Propel scratch night is coming back again as part of ORBIT Festival 2018. Propel is a platform for artists across the country to try out new ideas.

We’re looking for non-traditional ideas that want to explore the relationship between performer and performance. Propel is a chance for you to test a technique, experiment with something new, and make beautiful mistakes.

Curated by award-winning company YESYESNONO, and culminating in a live performance from a local music act, Propel is a scratch night for the experimental, for the daring and for the alive.

We’re looking for:

  • Work that doesn’t fit into the standard tradition of playwriting
  • Work that actively explores the relationship between spectator and performance
  • Work that is at a very early-stage of development

We’re not looking for:

  • Traditional plays
  • Very tech-heavy ideas
  • Fully developed pieces

Applications can come from artists at a super early stage of their development, or artists much further down the road!

Propel offers each artist the chance to receive feedback from the audience via feedback forms, as well a chance to discuss their own reactions to the performance with YESYESNONO


On the night there will be four scratch pieces, followed by a musical act

  • Each scratch piece will be 15 minutes
  • Each act will have 1 hour of technical time on the day
  • Each act will be paid £100


  • Propel takes place on Wed 24 October here at HOME
  • Applications close midday on Fri 13 July
  • Selected pieces will be notified on Fri 20 July

To apply, please fill out this short application form by Fri 13 July. If you would prefer you can email a short video with your answers instead. If you have any problems with the form or questions about the application, please email