no strings attached


our annual award for 18 - 25 year olds

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No Strings Attached is a programme of support to help young people make their first piece of professional theatre and explore a potential career within the arts. We want to hear the voices of young people in the South East of England who are excited by theatre and want to make something of their own. It is our ambition that No Strings Attached can act as a stepping stone between doing theatre as an extra-curricular activity, a hobby, or as part of studies to exploring it as a future career.

The awards consist of:

  • Grants of up to £1000
  • 2 x training sessions with Farnham Maltings that provide a starter tool kit in key areas of self-producing, budgets and thinking about audiences
  • 2 x sessions of up to 4 hours with a paired industry mentor
  • A check in session with Farnham Maltings at the end of the project

There are many ways you might use the funds and support:

  • Enabling you to dedicate time to writing a project
  • Spending time in a rehearsal room developing your ideas
  • Funding your time to shadow a professional You can read about the most recent cohort of recipients here

There is no pressure for your project to culminate in a sharing or any formal showing – No Strings Attached just aims to enable young artists to dedicate time to a project.

The programme is open to young people from across the South-East region aged 18 to 25 years, who have not previously received a grant from the arts council or any other public funding. Applicants can apply as an individual or as part of a group.

Please download and read the guidance and check key dates before applying via the form at the bottom of this page.

2024 applications – key dates

  • Deadline for submitting the jotform with your expressions of interest: midnight on Mon 19 February.
  • Longlisted applicants will be invited to a phone call with a member of the Farnham Maltings team to talk through your idea: Between Wed 21 and Thu 29 February.
  • Panel day, where shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their project: Wed 06 March

Sign off

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For more information about this project, please contact Gina.

Gina Thorley

Producer (programming & artist development)

image credit: Morgan Sessions