Stronger than Fear - a festival of hope


‘I am stronger than fear’ – Malala Yousafzai
‘When they go low, we go high’ – Michelle Obama

This February season will showcase work that looks at the state of affairs today. As a call to arms, in reaction to recent times, we want to channel hope, positivity and community. We are looking for a wide range of performance forms, and are interested in those that break our traditional notions of theatre. Theatre that galvanises and uplifts. The festival runs 8 - 24 Feb 2018. If you're interested in taking part in Stronger Than Fear - a festival of hope then please download this INFORMATION SHEET and send your completed APPLICATION FORM to 

These should be shows with a team attached to them as a visiting company. Gerry’s Studio is Theatre Royal Stratford East’s 60 seat flexi-space. A place to be daring, it showcases new, experimental and dynamic work. We also have a large live events space in our café that we can accept submissions for one off events - this space is best suited for stand up, cabaret, poetry, talks or works in progress.

You will be given:

  • 3 days rehearsal space in kind
  • 5 hours tech
  • Producer mentoring
  • Marketing support

Key Info:

  • The space is 60 seats
  • There will be two shows running back to back so shows can be no longer than 75mins and turnaround time is 30 minutes
  • In our traditional set up the space is 3m in depth and 9m in width
  • Performances will be Thursday – Saturday in the studio and Monday- Wednesday in the Cafe

Gerry’s seeks actively to encourage applications from those that are less represented in the arts. We specifically welcome applications from those identifying as female, those from LGTBQI+ communities, people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds

We understand that a written application form is not always the most accessible and so can accept submissions in the form of a video or sound file to answer the relevant questions, including videos in British Sign Language.

Send your completed APPLICATION FORM to 


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