45North champions female-identifying and non-binary artists theatre productions.

Our productions tour both nationally and internationally. 45North also produce exciting immersive theatrical events.

We believe in championing the careers of emerging female-identifying and non-binary artists on and off the stage. This is how we will achieve our pledge of 75% representation for these groups in 45North.

Please watch this space and our Twitter account for more information about how we are changing and expanding our support for artists in 2021 and beyond.


New theatrical project commissions

From 2021, 45North will run two seed commission schemes per year. Each scheme will focus on an underrepresented group of artists and lead to the commissioning of 3 theatre-makers to develop the beginnings of an idea across a 6 weeks period, or what we call a ‘0.5 draft’.

Each commission will receive a fee of £1000, plus access to a week’s rehearsal space, and 15 hours of mentorship from the commission curator & facilitator. The curator & facilitator will change with every scheme and always be an artist from the underrepresented group we are supporting at that time.

45North Commission Scheme Announcement

45North is proud to announce the second of their 2021 seed commissions for theatre-makers.

Read more about the scheme on this page or download the pdf here.


We are offering 3 seed commissions to artists from South Asian communities who are looking to develop an idea for live theatre.

This scheme will be curated with and facilitated by Atri Banerjee and the 3 artists will receive:

  • £1000 fee
  • Up to 1 week of rehearsal or office space
  • Up to £750 for collaborator fees
  • 15 hours of mentorship and one-to-one support by Atri Banerjee

We are keen to hear from theatre-makers, writers, devisors, directors, and designers. This does not have to be a text-based seed commission!

The artists commissioned will be asked to work on their idea part-time across 6-weeks through November - January, with the aim of creating what we call a 0.5 draft by the end of the scheme.

This scheme is open to any South Asian artists, no matter their theatre background or experience.

What do we mean by a 0.5 draft?

We’ve made this term up!

For us, a 0.5 draft will vary from piece to piece, but we would like the draft to show the general shape of the show giving an idea of pace, form, style, character and dialogue (where needed!)

Application Process

To apply, please answer the 3 questions below.

You can answer with text, video recording, voice notes, or any other form that you feel helps portray you (e.g. Pinterest mood board).

  • Tell us about your work as an artist so far
  • Tell us about the seed of your idea
  • Tell us about how this idea fits into your future aims as an artist

Answers should be 200-400 words per question if written, or 2-3 minutes if recorded.

Please send your application to

Key Dates

  • 10am Monday 25th October – Applications Open
  • 10am Monday 8th November – Applications Close
  • 10/11th November – Interviews
  • 22 November – 7th January – 6-week commission period
  • Delivery of 0.5 Drafts – Monday 10th January


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