NEWVOLUTIONS is Lincoln’s annual festival of new performance.

Every New Year Lincoln Performing Arts Centre presents a micro-season of work-in-progress by local, regional and national theatre makers, dancers and choreographers, performers and artists offering audiences an informal opportunity to have a say in the creative process.

Each showcase follows two weeks of intensive workshops and rehearsals held in our studios and auditorium and can range from ideas at different stages of evolution, with the smallest embryo of a new idea sharing the nest with pieces that are almost fully fledged.



If you have the embryo of a show or an innovative new idea that needs some space and/or technical resources to develop, please submit:

  1. a CV
  2. a short proposal (maximum two sides of A4), outlining:
    • available dates between 4 – 28 January 2017 (audience sharing w/c 23 Jan)
    • a synopsis of what you want to explore
    • what you hope to discover through the process
    • why this sort of initiative is right for you
    • what sort of support you might need e.g. level of rehearsal time, access to performers/ technicians etc.
    • There is a small contribution towards expenses/developmental costs of up to £250 available for selected applications, please outline how you anticipate making use of this in your application).

Successful proposals will be selected on the nature of the idea and our ability to present your work in a way that is beneficial to your creative ambition. Put all of this in one document (Word or PDF), and email by 9am Monday 7 NOVEMBER 2016. We look forward to hearing from you.



January 2016

The Passion of Pedro Comacho – Dende Collective

MA Dance Showcase

MA Drama Showcase

Hansel & Gretel – Push to Shove Theatre Company

The Concept Of Love – Conceptual Arts Theatre Company

The Room At The Top Of House – Stand By Theatre Company

Getting Better Slowly – Adam Pownall

The Moon and Me – Egg Box Theatre Company

Shooting Fish Theatre Company

Moon Mission 54321 – Cross Cut Theatre

Hold Me Close – Martyn Bignell

Cartography // Casket Case – Flickbook Theatre


January 2015

Dende – The Passion of Pedro Comacho

Flickbook Theatre – Three Words

Dawn Richmond-Gordon – Performing Fragments

DvT & Performance Lab Explore – Making A Scene

MA Drama Showcase

Michael Pinchbeck – The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment

Script This – He(ART) by Andrew Maddock

Script This  – Clench by Sean Cook

Rhubarb Theatre

January 2014

Box Clever Residency

Karkinos Theatre Company – Cut & Space

Unexpected Places – From Scraps

Mysteries Drama Group – Playback Theatre

Joana Cifre-Cerda

Free Spirit Dance – Fade To Black

Launch Pad – MA Playwright Showcase

January 2013

Alex Kyle – Desk’s Caress

Script This – Nina Woods (Nothing); Darren Brealey (Separating the Dust); Emma Chadaway (Toast); Marietta Kirkbride (The Free Bus); Joshua Rivett (Eighteen)

Paul Sellar – The Midnight Coup

Ian & Jane – Everything Beautiful Is Stolen

Jennifer Manderson – The People Next Door

Instant Dissidence – Clothe/Unclothe

Flick Ferdinando – The Architect Of The Idiot

Shooting Fish – The Robot

Jimmy Osborne – Maisie Says She Loves Me

Ollie Smith – Cat In Hell

Eddy Dreadnought – Fortune

Michael Pinchbeck – The Middle

Priya Mistry – Experiments In Performing Sound

January 2012

New Voices 2012 – Jimmy Morehouse (Room 105); Sarah Roberts (Twos); Danny Wilcox (The Chicken & The Egg); James Hallam (Hope).

Shooting Fish – Explorations Of A Serial Killer

Mike O’Hare – Nursery Rhymes

DirtMarket – (you don’t even know the name of) The Thing You’re Stealing From Me

Kerry Francksen – Shift

Rhubarb Theatre – Little Cuckoo

Nina Kov – Copter

Capo Fero – The Bear

Jimmy Osborne – A Permanent Change

Adaire To Dance – Coffee Shop Culture