Seagull Theatre Corona Performances
A Freelancer Commissioning Project.
What is it?

We are commissioning a series of short pieces of entirely new performance using funds which have been provided by Arts Council England.

What are the criteria

There are two sets of criteria which you must meet to be eligible for a commission

  1. You must be a freelance professional performer, living within 5 miles of Lowestoft, who is self-employed and normally gain the majority of your income from your artistic endeavour
  2. The piece you make must reflect your experience of the lockdown / corona virus and be capable of capturing digitally for display on Youtube.
Update – 3rd June 2020

Due to the high level of demand from artists and performers outside of Lowestoft, we have decided to add two additional commissions for those from outside of the town. Financially we cannot fund more than these two additional pieces, but wanted to respond to the many excellent responses we have received from wider Norfolk and Suffolk area.


This commission is not open to pieces which have an exclusively political theme or seek to promote a particular political agenda. We are seeking to maintain a politically neutral stance while supporting the whole of our local community.

What can you produce ?

We have deliberately kept the criteria broad to ensure that a wide range of local freelancers can access the project. We are open to all suggestions. The following list of possible projects is not intended to be exclusive :

  • A performance of a new poem set to images created for the commission
  • A one person performance of a monologue written for the commission
  • A small performance filmed separately by two or more people (observing social distancing)
  • A filmed exhibition of art or sculpture accompanied by appropriate explanation or poetry.
  • A performance of a specifically written song or piece of music
  • A filmed dance or piece of physical performance
  • A filmed piece of magic or stand up.
Important Note

As the final piece will be displayed on Youtube – it cannot include copyrighted material including any copyrighted music.  These commissions are intended for new pieces which do not include copyrighted material.


We are keen to ensure all local freelancers have the opportunity to access this funding. Therefore if you require support with filming or editing your performance we can support you in completing this part of the project.

However currently the Seagull building itself remains closed and we cannot facilitate access.

Terms and Conditions

The final pieces will remain the intellectual property of the performer or writer, but full publishing rights will be given to the Seagull Theatre to allow us to show your piece.  The final piece will be edited at our discretion if necessary and will include the addition of funders logo’s.


This commission will provide £500 per piece.

The funding will be paid upon submission of an invoice from the freelancer.

In most cases invoices will be paid upon the receipt of the commissioned piece, however in cases of hardship being a barrier to participation, we will provide 50% of the payment in advance.


If you wish to apply for the commission you should write a summary of your project along with your personal details to confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria, and email this to

There is no deadline for applications, however there is a finite amount of funding and applications will be refused once funding has been exhausted.

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