Funding and in-kind support to produce your first show

Making your first piece of work can be overwhelming enough without even considering the costs. That’s why each year our First Show Fund provides support to one new Hull company or individual to produce, market and record their first piece of work.

The fund covers a venue hire fee, script and marketing printing costs, professional filming, production photography and poster and flyer design. We will also provide a range of in-kind support, including rehearsal space plus time with each member of the core team, covering directing, producing, marketing and technical expertise.

  • Read about Johnny Moorhead, who was awarded our 2019 First Show Fund.
  • Read about Just Club, who were awarded our 2018 First Show Fund.

The First Show Fund was crucial in our step up from graduates to professional theatre makers. It came at a time when we were paying for equipment, venue hire, accommodation and travel for the first time, so it was a real blessing. Paul’s creative mentorship and Jamie’s advice on marketing, alongside Middle Child’s constant support has been essential to our first show and vital in helping us to feel validated as a new company in and beyond Hull.

Matthew Collins, Just Club

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Who can apply

The First Show Fund is available to any company or individual permanently based in Hull that’s yet to produce a show with a run of three or more performances.

How to apply

Complete a short form, explaining what your idea is about and why it is relevant to Hull audiences. We also ask for a taste of your work, whether that’s a treatment, script excerpt or music demo.

See also

Career Kickstarter Fund