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Artist Development

Artist Development

The Lab Company

Applications now open for the LAB Company 21/22!


The Lab Company is for theatre-makers, from the Plymouth area, at the start of their careers.  It’s a yearlong training programme with Theatre Royal Plymouth which offers exceptional mentorship and networking opportunities.

Successful applicants will work together as an ensemble and create a piece of theatre that will be programmed into The Lab at TRP.

The project will provide:

  • Intensive training with Theatre Royal Plymouth creatives
  • Workshops with nationally significant theatre companies
  • Advice & mentoring from industry professionals
  • An opportunity to create and show a new piece of theatre in a professional environment
  • Employment opportunities at the Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • Expenses for Lab Company workshop/rehearsal days to cover travel and food

Who is it for?

Early Career Artists aged 18-30 who are currently living in or near Plymouth.

The programme is for anyone looking to work in theatre professionally.

The collective power of each company member’s life, experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent creates the very best environment for us to achieve our ambitions.  In recruiting for the Lab Company we recognise the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

When does it take place?

Sept 2021-July 2022

Thursday’s 10am-1pm and Friday’s 10am-4pm for 10 weeks each term/season

Two full-time intensive weeks during the year


Applications are open until 10am Monday 16th August 2021

We’ll be offering auditions on the 6th, 7th, 20th & 21st August.  

Fill out an application form or email an audio/video application to us.

Got questions? Want to chat? Email if you need more information or would like to arrange a telephone chat.

Lab Company Application Form

To apply to be part of the next Lab Company please complete this form by Mon 16 Aug.
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Artist Development




IdeasLAB is our regular scratch night, which takes place once per season in The Lab. We offer artist and companies a chance to share early-stage work and receive detailed feedback from the audience.

Please send us an email to apply or receive more information.

Practitioner Development Scheme

The Practitioner Development Scheme is a programme of paid training and development opportunities in workshop facilitation. You will be provided the opportunity to work with and be trained by professional practitioners, have access to complimentary or concessionary tickets for performances to inform your practice, and work with a diverse range of young people and communities.

Recruitment usually takes place once a year. Please send us an email for more information about the scheme and the next application date.


Lab Associates

The Lab Associates programme is a year-long attachment to Theatre Royal Plymouth. Each year we take up to four new Lab Associate companies and artists.

Lab Associates are paid a fee and invited to make full use of the Theatre’s spaces, resources, and people to develop new work for Platform; a two week showcase of new work in The Drum.

This year’s Lab Associates are; Ruth Mitchell, Emma Baskeyfield, and Voodoo Monkeys. Our Lab Associates will be presenting new work in The Drum theatre this September.

Please send us an email if you have any questions about the Lab Associate Programme or would like to apply.