Co:LAB is a summer festival that took place for the first time from 21st – 23rd July 2017

The festival is the chance for Open Exchange artists to apply for a small amount of funding to develop a scratch performance for a public audience, whereas REACT is about process and the making of the art, Co:LAB – or the Collision Laboratory is focused on product and the presentation of the art. 

Co:LAB showcases theatre made in non-traditional ways with unexpected creative collisions and collaborations. As with all of our opportunities the festival has been curated via an open call out to Open Exchange network members. In some cases, Co:LAB will further develop ideas which had their origin in REACT.

The festival is a public celebration of the innovation and originality of the Open Exchange network and the collaborations and relationships formed and developed over the last 2 years.

Co:Lab Festival Images
Survival

Survival

by Elmi Ali and Nuala Maguire

Citizen

Citizen

by James Monaghan and Christine FitzGerald

Love Letters from Blackpool

Love Letters from Blackpool

Written and performed by Ruth E. Cockburn - with Claire Walmsley Griffiths, Phil Ellis, Daniel Wallace & Will Lenton

Shooting the Messenger

Shooting the Messenger

by Take Back Theatre Collective

Two Fat Gentlemen

Two Fat Gentlemen

by Charlotte Maxwell and Marcela Hervia

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by YesYesNoNo and Conan the Librarian

Woke

Woke

Written and performed by Testament

Vent

Vent

Directed by Collette Murray, Composed by Michael Betteridge and created by The Ensemble (Alex McCoy, Andy Pilkington, Barney Cooper, Charlotte Ashton, Elka Lee-Green, Katherine McDermott, Leni Murphy, Nicola O'Keeffe, Ryan Clayton, Sarah Coyne and Steff Riches)

Power to the North

Power to the North

by Knaïve Theatre and Tim Foley

So Fey

So Fey

by Amy Lawrence with Joe Whitmore, Vitaljia Glovackyte, Henrietta Phoebe Dunn, Nisa Cole & Lucie Browne Research Assistance: Tilda O’Grady & Jade Montserrat