Seed commissions

“(The seed commission) has made me feel supported, not just as an artist but also a woman of colour whose story wanted to be heard.” – Subika Anwar-Khan

In recognition of the fact that artists of colour are currently under-represented in contemporary theatre, CPT runs a seed commission which offers £750 towards supporting the production of new work.

Along with a seed commission of £750, we also offer the following:

  • One week’s rehearsal space in-kind
  • PR and marketing support, inclusion in brochures, website, social media activity
  • Technician to support get-in, and to operate your show (please bear in mind that we anticipate scratch commissions to require minimal technical support)
  • Ongoing development opportunities – we are keen that the commissions are the beginning of a long term relationship with the artists support, and we’ll do what we can to help you develop your work further

Since 2015, we have supported the following artists & projects with this seed commission:


HighRise Theatre, Merryville
Caleb Femi, There is a Place
Rachael Young, Nightclubbing


Testament, Woke
Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley, Black Holes
Marika McKennell, Chameleon Girl
Subika Anwar-Khan, Divided


Paula Varjack, The Cult of K*nzo
Tribe Arts, Nikah
Maa-Yarkor Addo, Aunty
Lynne Ekwe, Goals
Lanre Malaolu, Elephant in the Room
Mohammed Zafar, Mo from Surrey
Anna Himali Howard, Mahabharat/a


Segen Yosef, Dear Daughter
Council XI, US ‘The Fight’
John Akinde, Oja (The Market)
Koko Brown, Grey
Yana Penrose, Daddy Issues
Kenton Jordan Thomas, MyMan – An Origin Story


Shireen Mula, Other Guys
Nima Taleghani, Men Make Speeches
Leiran Gibson, The Clapham South Mystery
Rhys Hollis, Ladybird Boy
Natasha Brown, White Girls (Will) Kill Me

We have at least two call-outs a year, so please join our mailing list or keep an eye on our opportunities page to find out first. If you think your work is relevant to the CPT programme but it falls outside of the timeline for these commissions, we’d still love to hear from you. Please contact [email protected]

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The Cult of K*nzo by Paula Varjack