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Sign Up is Now Open for NSDF LAB 2023

What is NSDF LAB?

We are welcoming up to 20 theatre makers (producers, writers, directors, technicians, designers actors, digital content creators and all of the other roles that we don't know about yet) at each venue, to collaborate and develop new work together. You will have a space at either Contact Theatre, Derby Theatre, or Camden People's Theatre once a month to use in whatever way suits you and your fellow collaborators, we will host a monthly online masterclass, where you will get to meet your fellow LAB participants from other venues. Each LAB group will have a slot in NSDF24 to share whatever they have created. It could be a finished show, snippets of works in progress, whatever is useful to you. 


Who Are We Looking For? 

We are looking for anyone aged 18-26 who wants to make work and collaborate with new people. We don't care about your experience, just your desire to make the new. We are really keen for each LAB group to be a broad mix of disciplines, art forms, backgrounds and experiences. So whether you are a young technician with exciting technical ideas or you are an actor who loves spoken word, we want you to join LAB to experiment and push the boundaries of theatre-making. 


Application Process

The application process is simple, just fill out this form with your name, age and location, tell us a bit about yourself and what excites you about making theatre. If that's not right for you, feel free to send us a video of yourself answering the questions. 


When and Where? 

Below are the dates up until the end of the year. Dates for next year to be agreed as a group.


Camden People's Theatre

Tuesday 19th September / 17:45 - 19:45pm

Tuesday 17th October / 17:45 - 19:45pm

Tuesday 14th November / 17:45 - 19:45pm

Tuesday 12th December / 17:45 - 19:45pm

Derby Theatre


Monday 11th September 2023 / 17:30 – 19:30

Monday 30th October 2023 / 17:30 – 19:30    

Monday 13th November 2023 / 17:30 – 19:30

Monday 11th December 2023 / 17:30 – 19:30

Contact Theatre, Manchester

Wednesday 27th September 2023 / 18:00 - 21:00

Saturday 28th October 2023 / 11:00 - 17:00

Wednesday 29th November 2023 / 18:00 - 21:00

Saturday 30th December / 11:00 - 17:00 


"We are all so grateful and honoured to have been part of NSDF LAB… it has truly been such a huge huge light during the last year.”

NSDF LAB Participant

‘It's been an absolute pleasure and we would never have even met without you so thank you for running such a wonderful project.’ 

NSDF Lab Participant.

You can see some of the work from NSDF LAB here.