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The team will be meeting up in our virtual office every weekday 10-11 am.
Click on the arrow below to drop in and say hi, we'd like to know how you are getting on.

Towards Futures Unknown

Call out

A gig performance like no other that celebrates the unknown possibilities of tomorrow's tomorrow!

Theatre in the Mill and Hope & Social are working with Yr 5 pupils to capture personal letters to their 40 year old future selves.
If you have a child aged between 10 and 12 who would like to get involved drop Rich an email.

Online residency

Applications now open

Two Destination Language are offering ten freelance creative practitioners in the performing arts £1,000 each to take part in an online conversational residency. This money is to support your time thinking about your future, participating in and responding to the conversations.

The residency will take place 15th-26th June 2020. A series of online conversations across this period and the chance to dedicate some of your time to reflecting on what the future looks like for you.
In each of the two weeks, we'll have a few drop-in coffee chats, plus a series of curated discussions on topics relevant to you.

If this sounds interesting, click on the arrow below for more information and to apply.

Virtual Bradford Pride

Watch the event recording

To watch the recording of this year's Bradford Pride event click the icons below.

Bradford Producing Hub

Facebook page

This is a new group page from Bradford Producing Hub (BPH), where artists and creative people at any stage of their careers can share relevant news, request help, and support each other.

Click Facebook and Website Links below to visit their sites

Night Sweats

Late Night Broadcast on Facebook Live

Each broadcast lasts around 15 minutes, with time for online questions afterwards. We go live on the page usually on Thursdays at 11pm on Facebook at

Awake at night, we wonder whether the stories our minds tell us about what is going on around us are true, and whether together we can imagine positive, engaging and creative stories about what the future holds for us, our families and our friends.

Devised by Irregular Arts with support from Bradford Council’s RESPONSE funding during the 2020 Covid crisis, Bradford-based artists Jenny Wilson and Carolyn Mendelsohn share a live (and then re-watchable) late night exchange.

It’s a conversation, some laughter, some stories, and some creative impetus (perhaps sharing a recipe, a writing exercise, a game, or some imagery) that we hope might inspire ‘self care’ rather than feed late night anxieties.

Kala Sangam

Morning Break

Join #KSMorningBreak every weekday at 10.30am for some simple moves to stretch out. Click Icon

Virtual Bradford Fringe Festival

Can you imagine surviving through this current crisis without access to the internet?
Without social media or Skype? What about Netflix or Catch Up TV?

No nor can we, but so many in our communities are isolating without internet access or social media. We want to make sure the people in our communities who are most vulnerable during these uncertain times can still enjoy theatre, comedy, poetry and more from the comfort of their own homes.

Funds raised will enable us to deliver DVDs and printed materials featuring shows and content from our Digital Festival in July and other contributing artists to care facilities, organisations e.g. Food Banks, groups and individuals e.g our network of key workers who work with vulnerable people and those isolating without internet access.

Locally Sourced

A podcast series with Nina and Sarah

Both Nina & Sarah live in Bradford and both have a mild obsession with local news, especially bizarre local news stories!
Click the link below to give their podcast a listen.

Bedtime Stories

Liberty Arts

Listen to and see some of our Liberty Arts team and friends read some of your favourite bedtime stories. See our social media links below


Instagram Live chat

The interactive live chat with @brixtonbubblesgigs is on Instagram Live every Friday. The super bubbly artist kafayat hosts the chat alongside a new guest every week. You can expect honest, provocative and hilarious conversation.

Mini Podcast series

by Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Mini Podcast Series shares original works by people of all ages and backgrounds from the communities the theatre serves. For each episode the Coliseum has invited writers to respond to a theme within a specified length, with pieces ranging from 100 words to a 20-minute short audio-play.

To listen & explore the podcast series, click on the arrow below.

Theatre in the Mill's latest blogs

We will be using instagram stories and our online blog page to update all things TiM during lockdown!! Click the relevant link for more

The Lockdown Loaf

lovingly made by Ben Mills

Baker and regular TiM artist Ben Mills is offering online bread baking tutorials:

Hi I 'm Ben. I am a baker at the Leeds Bread Co-op and I am making a loaf every week during lockdown to share with you how to make good bread at home.

Click icon to visit his You Tube page

For T' Culture

Arts & Culture in West Yorkshire

For T' Culture is a digital arts channel discussing & highlighting BAME arts & culture in the West Yorkshire, Visit their facebook site

Viral Music

An online music and writing project

Viral Music is an online community music and writing project for residents of the Bradford District, funded by the Bradford Council Covid-19 Response Fund. It starts on 12th May 2020 and runs for two weeks.

For more information, click the arrow.

Write Club

Weekly online writing club

For all writers, a regular online writing group hosted by Theatre in the Mill. A chance to set aside time for dedicated writing and then share updates, tips and catch up with the group. For more information or to secure a place email

First session will take place next Thursday 28th May, at 7 - 9 pm on Zoom.

Click the arrow below to join the session.

Essential Flow Charts for Artists

From Rural Arts

Max from Rural Arts has made made some eligibility flowcharts and quizzes to support people to understand if they might be eligible for either ACE emergency funds or the UK Gov’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme or click icon below to visit page

UnShut Festival of Performance will take place 2nd – 4th July 2020

Open Call Out

Call-Out 2020!
UnShut is a festival of experimental and radical new performance work. We are committed to creating a space that allows creativity to flourish, to opening doors to artists from all backgrounds, and to unlocking the creative potential of all who consider themselves ‘experimental’ or ‘radical’ in their performance work.

Despite COVID19, UnShut Festival of Performance will take place 2nd – 4th July 2020! And we would like to invite you to join us on this journey! We are proud that we can still offer commissions during this international health crisis, and we will give everything we can to bring amazing pieces of work to audiences.

This isn’t a live-streaming festival, it isn’t a platform to upload your show onto, it isn’t Zoom-Festival2020. Nor are we programming COVID-Fest. UnShut Festival of Performance is interested in Live Art and Performance Art; we’re interested in experimental and radical performances and projects.

We’re looking for ideas that test the boundaries, that investigate and challenge. We can’t organise an ordinary festival but we can still connect and interact – somehow. We think the new context we’re in, the new way we’re socialising, living, dreaming, has a lot of creative potential.

Is there a one to one performance at 2 meters apart? Can you create a piece using postal service? Or a project that you happen upon during your daily exercise? An exchange? Can we paint an entire street’s windows blue? How can we interrupt this ‘new normal’? How can we commemorate, celebrate or challenge?

We’re looking for new ideas, half-formed performances or on-going projects. We don’t need to know every detail straight away. We will do our best to adapt to your ideas and to the ‘climate’ we’ve found ourselves in. The situation is changing day-by-day, week-by-week, we don’t know where we’ll be by July, but we remain committed to the festival being led by the artists that will be at the centre of it.

UnShut Festival of Performance is committed to ‘opening doors’ to artists from all backgrounds and to unlocking the creative potential of all who consider themselves ‘experimental’ or ‘radical’.

Within the festival we reserve specific places for, and are interested in hearing from artists who identify as one of the following: a Person of Colour, a Self-Identifying Female/Woman, are LGBTQI+, Working-Class, Disabled (physically and/or neurologically). Also, we reserve a slot for an artist who is from, or is based in, Sheffield.

The offer:
We are offering seven commissions of either 1x £1000, 4x £500 and 4x £300. Please specify within the application which pot of money you’re applying for, the different pots of money depend on the time it will take to realise your project.
To Apply:
Please follow the link below to our googleform for the application questions. Alternatively, please either send a video or voice recording (from your phone) that talks through your project and the questions listed on the googleform, to

DEADLINE: 19/05/2020 at 6PM

Any Questions? Please Email –

Beginner's Adult Tap

Liberty Arts

We've had a go, and it worked! You can now join us live, every Wednesday at 7pm for our very light- hearted fun beginners tap class. No experience is necessary, but the Zoom app is. You don't even need tap shoes, dance in your socks if you like! This class is listed as free of charge, to make it accessible to all. However, if you feel you can support us, we have a go fund me page:

Every little helps us keep going at this difficult time. Click the icon below to sign up

Welcome To Goma Online

The Open Wheel, Goma Cyling Club, Stroud Film Festival and TiM

On Friday May 1st we launched Welcome to Goma VR online with a live showing of the documentary followed by a Q&A with members of the club. You can watch both the documentary and the 360 film. There are also some new films updating the club, the riders and how they are responding to Covid-19

Click the icon to visit the page!

Night of the Living Dead

performance showings online

“With the end of our own Night of The Living Dead™ – Remix tour cancelled and so, so many events and performances now postponed we thought we’d make some of our past shows available for people to watch online. We’re in a lucky position to have some fantastic recordings of past work, mostly filmed by our friends Shot by Sodium. It’s obviously no substitute for the real thing but in these isolated days, and until we can get together in a room again, we hope these videos will provide joy, thinking and entertainment in equal measure.”

★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★The Times

Homeskool Beatbox Adventures

with Shlomo & special guests

Record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo is launching a huge project to help kids and raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Bradford Fringe Festival is proud to be a virtual venue for Homeskool Beatbox Adventures, a weekly
live streamed interactive show empowering kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music.
For 30 minutes every Thursday presented by Shlomo and a series of awesome guests!

Ridiculusmus Trilogy

EnableUs and New Adelphi Theatre / Salford University are this weekend presenting the Ridiculusmus Trilogy over three days.
Rather than traditional streams, each of the shows are presented daily, ``chopped up`` and interspersed with chat from Jon and David as well as academics and guests, to talk about their creative process and how they work on their research with academics.
It'll be of great interest for makers and creatives interested in imaginative comedy writing and deft deployment of the comic form in contemporary theatre.

It's on a tiered Pay What You Can ticket with a zero option. Click below for more info & tickets!

Open Call: Digital Scratch Night

Deadline: Tuesday 23rd June

A Scratch Night is a chance for theatre makers and practitioners to perform a work in progress in front of a live audience.
What are we looking for?
New, work in progress, still in development performances, or a short sample of an 'almost complete' piece. Any genre, any artform, nothing is off limits.
Anything 15 minutes or less.
Anything pre-recorded is a bonus, but dependant on what your piece is, you don't need to be tech savvy. We can help you adapt your idea to make it work digitally.
This is an opportunity for Doncaster artists so please only apply if you had a DN postcode.

A selection of FREE cultural & community activities

Alphabetti Theatre have curated a selection of FREE cultural & community activities / tasks for you to do whilst Alphabetti is closed.
For more information and to see the full list of activities, click on the arrow below.

Writing competition for primary school children

We’d like you to imagine that you have found a chocolate bar in your chosen room, and there’s a golden ticket inside!
To take part, you need to design an advert for your tasty invention. What is it called? What does it taste like? Are there any mystery ingredients? What happens when you eat it? You could even think about how it’s made in your secret room too! You can use pictures as well as words and you can be as creative as you like.

The competition is open to primary school children aged 5 - 11. You have until Friday 29 May at 12pm (noon) to send us a photo of your advert to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of Roald Dahl books. Submissions should be sent to and please include your name, age, and the name of your school.

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Online poetry events

Front Room Poetry brings guest poets and open mic poetry to your living room.
Expect truth telling, tales & tears.

To watch or sign up, drop Kirsty a line on


a series of commissions inviting artists to create new works at home

Homemakers is series of new commissions inviting artists to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. These fully funded commissions are an offer to groundbreaking artists to challenge the definition of “live performance” – whether through live streaming, recordings, games, interactive stories, personal encounters, or something completely different.
This project has been made possible thanks to HOME’s Response Fund, set up in the wake of the announcement that arts venues across the country would close due to the coronavirus, and designed to protect HOME’s financial stability and allow them to support artists and colleagues from across the industry.

For more information, please email

Inner Horizon

Step inside the bubble of Bradford artist Cat Scott

A 2-part video series aimed at girls and young women aged 13-30 in the Bradford district, which enables you to step into my studio and creative mind, as I develop the sound and light for my latest bubble artwork.

Watch the video premieres and Q&As on YouTube on the following dates:
Part 1: Light - Saturday 4 July, 4pm
Part 2: Sound - Saturday 1 August, 4pm

To sign up and to find out more, click the arrow below.

Homeworking & Wellbeing

A platform where experts from various industries share wellbeing tips and advice for those working from home

A platform to support people who are now working from home.
Fran started this initiative by focusing on four key mindsets (find these on her website) for looking after your wellbeing, this has now developed into its own platform where experts from various industries share wellbeing tips and advice for those working from home.

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Please send the following information to
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