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Scratch Open Call – Mirage Bar

Rolling deadline, link here

You bring the weird and wonderful, they’ll bring the people. Scratch is a chance for creatives to test their performance based work for an audience. 

Last Thursday Scratch Nights at Mirage Bar offer a monthly dedicated space for live artists and performers to test out new and developing ideas. They are a chance for creatives to show their stuff in front of a live and supportive audience, with a social afterwards to network and receive feedback!

This series of events will be informal, for creatives to test ideas in real time, experiment, take risks and share new work with peers and the public. 

Creatives who are in the early stages of developing performance based work are invited to submit proposals for a Scratch Night, in performance mediums including but not limited to spoken word, film, sound, multi-disciplinary, durational or time-based work, digital work, pop-up performance, installation-based work and interventions. 

This is an open call for artists based anywhere in the North West to apply (Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire) 

Three proposals will be selected per event. Mirage Bar are able to support performances of up to 20 minutes and durational works will also be considered. Your proposal should be for a new idea or a work in progress piece. 

Performers will receive: 

– A fee of £100 to perform 

– Rehearsal space at Mirage Bar 

– Some technical and producing support where needed

– Production images and video taken by a professional photographer 

– Anonymous feedback from audiences through a digital form

– A number of free tickets to the event for your chosen VIPs


– This opportunity is for artists at any stage of their career.

– The work must be a new idea or piece development with basic technical requirements. 

– The work should be performative or include some live element, and either be performed within a 20 minute timeframe or be a longer durational piece.  

– The work must be suitable for Mirage Bar. 

Mirage Bar is a fully wheelchair accessible venue via a permanent ramp and has an accessible indoor toilet.

This is an opportunity with a rolling deadline, with events taking place every last Thursday of the month from 30th May 2024 – 24th April 2025. In completing this form you are registering your interest to perform at one of these events, and you will be asked which dates you would be available to perform should you be successful. 

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