What we offer

Crack will match your idea to the perfect venue. Need a sit-down crowd? We’ll get you a room away from the world. Want your audience to stand up and move around? We’ll find you a ballroom. This means there will be room to bounce a ball.

If your dreams are site-specific, we’ll scour Newcastle to find you a home. Do you have a hometown story that needs a bowling alley? A campfire tale that needs a nighttime beach? We’ll sort you out.

Crack can resource you with basic lighting and sound rigs, as well as projectors if you’re into that. If you have a specific technical request, we have friends, and we’re renowned for pulling things off on the smell of an oily rag.

Crack actively wants to create a community that is accessible, inclusive and reflects a diversity of positions and experiences. We strongly encourage artists and audience members who might identify with the margins to step into our community. This is your space and we’re here to support you.

Crack is the friendliest, most generous audience in the land, and it’s because they’re working artists like you plus the most terrific bunch of curious locals. Over the Festival weekend you can become part of the best artistic crowd this side of Burning Man. This means it’s the perfect place to find…

Crack could be the start of a beautiful friendship. It’s the perfect place to see work you wouldn’t see anywhere else, and start conversations with performers, writers, designers, directors, and technicians whose art you love and who you want to make cool things with. We are committed to artist matchmaking: do you have a radical script idea that needs a single local performer, or a performance piece that needs a cellist? You can put that in your application, and we’ll do our best to find them for you!

Peers and mentors mean works get made and tested! Being programmed at Crack includes a relationship with Crack’s two Artistic Directors to support your work in its journey to the Festival. Whether it’s dramaturgical support, ideas to bounce, or connections you want to make, we’ll be there for you.

Talking about work can be tough, especially when it’s yours. We’ll make Crack a safe and friendly place to hear responses to your work by running curated individual or group sessions for every artist who wants to chat post-show.

Crack can be the start of your new work’s journey. We’ll get you savvy documentation of it in action so that you can wrap it up in a schmick package to find it new homes to thrive and enthral other audiences post-festival. This means a pile of pro photos and raw professional video documentation for your wall or your portfolio.

If you want to take your work further, with your feedback and documentation in hand, we’ll offer expert advice to guide your next steps, helping you figure out where to pitch your work for funding and future presentations.

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