The City Socials residencies: Call out for artists and theatre makers

NTW TEAM is excited to announce an opportunity for artists and theatre makers in Cardiff.

As part of NTW TEAM’s newest project, we are looking to connect with four artists or groups to take part in a two-week residency that will culminate in a public scratch sharing at one of our four City Social events in August, September, October and November.

We are interested in supporting underrepresented individuals or groups who want to explore the creation of new work that is urgent, exciting and collaborative.

A note about National Theatre Wales

Whilst we work towards a new vision and future, we are continuing to support theatre makers, artists and creatives through NTW TEAM programmes supported by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which is being administered by Cardiff Council.

This activity includes the launch of new NTW TEAM initiatives Young Collective, TEAM Collective and The City Socials, a series of events that will pop up in spaces all around Cardiff over the next few months. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media and newsletter for the next events.


How we'll support you

Successful applicants will be given:

  • £2,000 seed funding commission (for the 2-week residency and scratch night performance)
  • Mentorship from specially selected individuals
  • Space to rehearse and explore ideas in Cardiff
  • Production support for the public scratch sharing as part of The City Socials
  • Access support (up to £680 per commission)*
  • Platforming and showcasing opportunities as part of The City Socials

*There is an additional fund to support multiple access needs including, but not limited to; disability access, neurodivergent participation, those with caring responsibilities and those who require additional support to travel within Cardiff.

Who we're looking for

As this programme is funded by Shared Prosperity Funding via Cardiff Council, this opportunity is only open to artists and groups based in Cardiff.

We're looking to support artists and groups who are currently working freelance and are not in full-time employment or education.

We’re interested in hearing from artists and groups who want to explore how making new work can be reactive, collaborative and ever-changing.

This project is open to anyone at any point in their career, but all applications should be focused on previously unexplored work and should align with this call-out’s values: urgent, exciting and collaborative.

  • Urgent: What ideas and stories should we be exploring and telling right now? How can we create in response to the world around us, harnessing the power of live performance?
  • Exciting: How will the work meet its audience? How will it challenge, entertain and introduce them to something radical, contemporary and emerging?
  • Collaborative: How do we think about co-creation? How can we find new ways of exploring and making that centres collaborative thinking, inclusivity and an openness to change?

We're particularly interested in hearing from artists or groups who are typically underrepresented in the arts including marginalised identities, working class, global majority, disabled and/or neurodivergent.

About The City Socials

The City Socials are a regular event hosted by NTW TEAM. They are fun and interactive get-togethers designed to bring together emerging and early-career artists and freelancers working in theatre to chat, share, rave and rant.

There will be opportunities for people to share thoughts and ideas, and introduce new work. The successful residency artists or groups will share their work-in-progress as part of these events.

Food and alcohol-free drinks will be provided to fuel conversation.

Timeline of activity



Wednesday 5 June - Friday 4 July

Open for applications

10am on Thursday 4 July

Deadline for applications

Thursday 4 July - Friday 5 July

Review and selection process

Friday 5 July

Applicants informed of outcome

Monday 5 - Thursday 15 August

Residency 1

Thursday 15 August

The City Social at The Sustainable Studio, Cardiff

Monday 16 - Thursday 26 September

Residency 2

Thursday 26 September

The City Social (Location TBC)

Monday 14 - Thursday 24 October

Residency 3

Thursday 24 October

The City Social (Location TBC)

Monday 11 - Thursday 21 November

Residency 4

Thursday 21 November

The City Social at Porter's, Cardiff

How to apply

We encourage you to apply in whatever way you feel most comfortable and confident. This might be in a video, audio message or by email. Whatever format you choose, please tell us in no more than 3 minutes or up to 600 words:

  • Who you are and what you do (referencing the ‘who we are looking for’ section above)
  • What is the one story we should be telling right now - how and why?

Please also include:

  • Applicant name(s)
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Postcode (in Cardiff)
  • Your preference for which month you’d like to do the residency in: August, September, October or November

If you would like to speak to someone about this call-out, get in touch with Justin, our Creative Associate, by emailing

Please send expressions of interest by 10am on Thursday 4 July to team@nationaltheatrewales.organd complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.

Supported by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which is being administered by Cardiff Council.