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Artist Development


The Artist Development offer consists of three strands of work, intrinsically linked to The Lab

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Development funds and programming opportunities

R&D – Funding opportunities for companies and artists to research and develop new work.

Programming – We will support and publicly present emerging work from across Plymouth and the wider region in The Lab, with a set financial guarantee.

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Free opportunities for artists to connect with each other, access rehearsal space, attend workshops and engage with the art across our stages

 Gatherings – Quarterly events for artists to discover community and forge creative collaborations, with each other, TRP and other regional venues.

Space Race – Rehearsal space at our Production and Learning Centre, TR2. To apply for Space Race, please download the application form here, and send a returned copy to

Masterclasses  – A series of workshops to develop creative practice delivered by TRP staff.

Behind the Scenes – Insights into the rehearsal process.

Open Class – A monthly space for dancers to move, connect and revive.

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TRP are proud to be working with industry partners on several development and touring opportunities

  • Paines Plough – Tour The Writer
  • Pleasance Theatre – National Edinburgh Pleasance Partnership
  • Projekt Europa – Projekt Elevate
  • Beyond Face – We Are Here To Share

TRP will continue to build relationships with world class visiting companies who will bring their own artistic development projects to the city:

  • Dance Consortium
  • WNO
  • Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet

Theatre Royal Plymouth is pleased to announce a new era of work in The Lab

Where experiments are held, connections are made, and stories begin

The Lab is an underground 50-seat studio and workshop space. It is a home for the seeds of ideas, rooted in experimentation, and the growth of artists, communities, and their work.

TRP will platform emerging work across two seasons, supported by its Associate Directors and producing team. It will cultivate diverse audiences who will invest in and support the future life of new productions through feedback and conversation.

As well as being a space for performance, The Lab will also be a home for communities and young people to connect through opportunities that support their development and passion, from the ages of 0-100.

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Get Involved

Booking now available for FUSE workshops

TRP are thrilled to invite you to our first set of free masterclasses as part of FUSE, delivered by internal staff to share knowledge with the wider artistic community. Designed to break down barriers and impart knowledge artists will need to create, produce, and market theatre. Join us!


FUSE is TRP’s free, open access strand of Artist Development work. We are proud to offer free opportunities for artists to connect with each other, access to rehearsal space, masterclasses, and opportunities to engage with the art across our stages.



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  • The Artist Development programme

  • Information on development funds

  • Free opportunities to connect with other artists

  • How to engage with art across our stages

  • Access to rehearsal space

  • How to connect with leading industry partners


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Our Associate Directors Introduce The Artist Development Programme