Recover, Restart and Reimagine

Recover, Restart and Reimagine is a three week programme paying 12 theatre workers in Hull to come together to think, breathe and play without the pressure of creating any work.

Participants will join us for a mix of organised activity and self-led time designed to inspire, stretch and develop, as well as form a support network in the city, as we continue to adjust to making art as we ease out of lockdown.

Inspired by our Concrete Retreat writer residency, the programme combines masterclasses and workshops with self-development, skill-sharing and time to play. You will develop new skills, try new things and meet new people. There will be time for reading, thinking, moving, making, sharing, speaking, learning, listening, reflecting, pausing and dreaming. 

The first week is dedicated to recovery, with a focus on wellbeing, self-care and reflection. Week two focuses on restarting, with time to refresh skills, make plans and try something new. Week three is all about reimagining, with time spent dreaming about what the future should look like and putting actions in place to make it happen.

Sessions include:

  • Workshops including Four Seasons Behavioural Profiling, political theatre making, difficult conversations and My Next Project
  • Training including how to speak to the media, mindfulness and coaching
  • Open play time, skill sharing and creative networking with other participants
  • A play reading group, discussing some of the best new writing never to have made it to Hull
  • Each participant will also take part in Speak The Future, in which they share their hopes for the future at one of our weekly coffee mornings

Our ambition is for these three weeks to be transformative for all who take part with participants leaving feeling ready for the battles ahead but not burnt out by deadlines or pressures of output.

Recover, Restart and Reimagine is supported by the Cultural Recovery Fund and the I Am Fund.


Tuesday 15 June – Friday 2 July 2021

(Four days per week, 9am-6pm)


Participants will receive a fee of £1,500, inclusive of expenses.

Who can apply

Recover, Restart and Reimagine is open to people, over the age of 18, who live and work in Hull and who contribute to making theatre in any way.

This can include, but is not limited to, lighting designers, costume designers, choreographers and movement directors, stage managers, designers, dramaturgs, producers, directors, performers and writers. 

How to apply

Please send two sides of A4, or a video/audio recording no longer than 5 minutes long, telling us who you are, why you would benefit from this programme and what you would hope to get out of the three weeks.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 25 May, with successful applicants being informed by 6pm on Friday 28 May.

Please send completed applications or any queries about either the programme or application process to our artistic director Paul Smith on

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