Barrel Organ presents LIVE, a scratch night taking place at The Royal Exchange Theatre, for experimental and non-traditional work that specifically acknowledges the presence of the audience and plays with the ‘liveness’ of theatre.

As a company, Barrel Organ try to make work that is self-consciously theatrical; plays with the unique ‘liveness’ that theatre offers as an art form; and continually seeks to explore and deconstruct the relationship between performer and spectator.

The LIVE nights began at Camden People’s Theatre as a night that seeks to offer the opportunity for emerging, as well as more established, artists and companies to test up to 20 minutes of material in front of an audience. LIVE 3 will be the first of three evenings curated by Barrel Organ as they tour their own show Some People Talk About Violence , with LIVE nights in Cardiff and Sheffield.

LIVE 3 will take place on Wednesday 16h November in The Studio space at The Royal Exchange and is open to artists who make work in Manchester and Greater Manchester. We’re looking for bold, experimental and uncompromising work that tackles a wide range of issues, agendas and ideas.

The evening is supposed to be a space for artists working in/with non-traditional forms to be able to test new material in front of an audience with the real aim of getting constructive and beneficial criticism.

For more information and terms, please download the ‘Call for Submissions’ document.

To apply, please download the Application Form and Equal Opportunities form.

Submissions are now open and will close on Monday 10th October, 5pm. Successful applications will be announced on Monday 17th October, giving roughly 4 weeks development time.

Please send the application form with the subject title “LIVE APPLICATION - REX” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with the Equal Opportunities monitoring form.