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Homegrown Season

Homegrown Studio Season 2023-24 applications are now OPEN!

You have until 11.59pm on Monday 11 December to submit your application to showcase your idea in the Lakeside Theatre Studio.

Please read this page and the guidelines (including FAQs) before submitting your application.

Tell me more

Every year the Lakeside Theatre invites proposals from current and former University of Essex students and staff to make shows for our Studio Theatre as part of our Homegrown Shows programme.

Homegrown Season applications are open to the whole University of Essex community (you don’t have to be a drama student to apply!!) and we are open to receiving applications from different styles of Performing Arts, not just limited to original plays, we are interested in spoken word, poetry, music, dance and other types of performance!

Since 2013 The Lakeside Theatre has been committed to providing a spotlight to a diverse range of acts and we have encouraged students and alumni to form companies and enabled them to direct, produce and technically manage numerous small scale productions in our black box studio space which some have taken beyond the University!

We do not have a fee structure for any selected shows as we fund your show, including staffing the theatre on the evenings of your performances.

Lakeside Theatre Homegrown Studio Shows are awarded by application and you must complete our online application form to express your interest.

Who can apply?

All University of Essex Students, Staff, Alumni and members of the local community are eligible to apply. If you want to produce your own show or idea in the Studio we would like to hear from you.

What are we looking for?

  • Productions and events that will inspire and excite our audiences.
  • Shows that will contribute to the cultural conversation on campus.

Application deadline

Applications for the 2023-24 season open on Friday 24 November 2023 and close at 11.59pm on Monday 11 December 2023.

How to apply


Any questions?

Email arts@essex.ac.uk.