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Theatrefullstop have teamed up with both Etcetera Theatre and Lion and Unicorn Theatre to present the first Pub Theatre Festival to be staged in April 2017. The aim is to give current drama school and university students, as well as graduates the opportunity to stage their works to a paying audience.


Making your first steps in staging your own works after higher education can be a tough task. There's plenty to think about as you're not only creating and devising your own work but you're having to bear in mind the marketing and financial aspects of a show.   The Pub Theatre Festival is creating a launch-pad for the voices of tomorrow. Everyone has to start from somewhere, and with a little support...  the possibilities are endless.


Application details:


The Festival will allow for groups with a max of 3 performers to showcase 30 minutes of work. 5 acts will perform each evening, allowing for 10 acts in total to take part at each venue.  It will take place over 2 weekends (Friday and Saturday) at The Lion and Unicorn  7th and 8th April and Etcetera 14th and 15th April 2017.


In order for performers to be considered, you must submit a bio about yourself and your theatre company, a synopsis of your piece and any other supporting material (video clips/script/photos etc). You must have a finalised idea rather than just an idea you are currently working on.


Submissions will open on Friday 1st July and will close on Friday 30th December 2016. Submissions are to be made to Lucy Basaba at


To find out more about the Etcetera Theatre, visit here


To find out more about the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, visit here


Theatrefullstop website, visit here 










"The Lion and Unicorn is pleased to be a partner in the first ever Pub Theatre Festival. This will be a great opportunity not only for venues to work together to develop a new audience, but for us to showcase some of the best emerging talent around.


We are looking  forward to hosting some great work at our Kentish Town venue, and hope we attract some diverse and engaging theatre makers."


Chris Mellor

Creative Producer





“We were very happy to hear from Lucy with this great idea!


As one of the smaller – if not smallest! – pub theatres in London, we particularly welcome companies who are just starting out and/or who are trialling new material. Due to the nature of our intimate black box, it effectively means that companies sometimes have to strip back on sets/effects…but the advantage of the space is that the focus shifts towards the scripts, the acting and the ingenuity at bringing it together, which is as challenging as it can be rewarding for the companies.


So, with the same enthusiasm we’ve brought to the festivals we’ve hosted and keep on hosting  (London Horror Festival) and continue to host (Camden Fringe Festival / Black Box Festival / London Horror Festival), we’re looking forward to this new initiative that promotes theatre in all its weird and wonderful diversity!”


Maud & Pierre

The Etcetera Theatre