CALL OUT: Bristol Cabaret Commission

Bristol Cabaret Commission 

Circus City would like to hand over a part of the programme within this years festival to the artists and makers of Bristol. This call out is open to artists based in the South West for a 2-3 cabaret performances in the Circus City official programme.

What sort of cabaret you want to present is up to you to dream up, we just want you to tell us what you want to do, for it to be connected to circus and we want it to be brilliant. The cabaret created can take any shape or form as long as it is conceivable and safe. You are very welcome to collaborate with other artforms than circus.

As the name suggests; This commission is for you if you feel motivated and inspired by our great city Bristol, the artists that live within it and you want to make something of that to share with our audience.

Support the commission includes:

  • Up to £2000-3000 commission fee
  • Producer advice and feedback during development and realisation.
  • An amount of production and marketing support to be agreed.
  • Box Office
  • Liaison with performance space

How to apply

1. Tell us what your idea by writing a short proposal (1000 words max).

Please include:

– information about who you are

– what kind of cabaret you would like to do and the other people involved/performing

– what support you will need

– total performance length including all acts (suggested 60-120mins)

– which audience group it’s for (general cabaret, fetish, family, niche interest etc)

– where you would like to do it – if you don’t know then what type of space

– idea dates between 12-29th of October

– links to websites and other information about you and your work.

2. Please provide us with an outline of the budget of how you propose to spend the commission fee. This does not need to be particularly detailed, but should give us an idea of how you are spending the money.

3. You’re welcome to include up to 5 still images of your work – please let us know which one you would be using as lead image to market the cabaret. Please do not send us DVDs or other physical objects.

4. Your phone number and email – you need to be available to speak on the phone at some point on the 12th and 13th of September

Please email your completed application to with the subject line: [YOUR NAME] CABARET COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Please make sure the proposal, budget and any attachments are all in the same ONE email. You don’t need to submit all of the above, but the more the better. If you have dyslexia or a disability that makes the above difficult to complete in writing you are very welcome to send the info in a format that works for you.

Deadline for applications: 9.00am, Monday 11th of September 2017.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of September 2017.

We’ll let you know if you’ve been shortlisted by Monday 11th of September end of play.

Image credit: Photo by Joe Clarke from The Invisible Circus Cabarets, Circus City 2015


CALL OUT: Circus Shorts

Eclyptic perform as part of Circus Shorts in Circus City 2015, Photo by Joe Clarke


We are now accepting proposals for the Circus Shorts event which will be part of Circus City Festival on the 27th of October 2017


Circus City is teaming up with Circomedia and Trinity Centre to present 3 short pieces of circus theatre from individuals/companies.

As a leading circus festival in the UK, Circus City is committed to supporting and showcasing the next generation of circus performers and companies. Circus Shorts will provide a platform for ground floor acts of no more than 15 – 20 minutes. This can either be; an extract from a full length piece, a self contained 15 – 20 minute piece.

The audience will be public, with invites extended to industry professionals.

Support in kind we can offer:
– A platform to present at Circus Shorts on Friday 27th October at Trinity Centre, Bristol.
A 3 days residency at Circomedia for rehearsals/R&D new work which the artist/s would like to develop. This can be a new piece and ideally not same piece which is being presented within the Circus Shorts programme, but to use as a way of developing something new.
Feedback from Co-Directors Lina B. Frank / Kate Hartoch and Nicolas Young Artistic and Managing Director of Circomedia.
– Cash support: £250 performing fees


Application process:
Please submit a short proposal (max 800 words) which includes a description of the piece you would like to present and information on what you would use the residency for.

Along with your proposal please include:
– Company or Artist history/CV (previous shows, touring history if applicable)
– Technical Specifications for the piece. It needs to be a ground floor piece.
– Link to an online video of the piece or work-in-progress of the piece you would like to present
– Any other online links; website, blog etc…

The deadline for applications is: 10am on Monday 18th September. Selected applicants will be notified by: Tuesday 26th September.

Please note to be considered you must be available for the entire day on the 27th of October.

Please email all applications to:

Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW


For questions please contact:
Marie Faucher –