It’s Not About The Numbers Open Call 2021

In partnership with Centre 42, Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film, and P7:1SMA, Practice is looking to present 6-8 works as part of a series in August 2021.

If you’ve ever longed to create works for single or small audiences… this is your chance. Join our Open Call for a chance to test the possibilities of your imagination!

About It’s Not About The Numbers Series

Bigger is not always better! In a world ruled by cost and scalability, The Theatre Practice (Practice) offers artists and audiences a refuge where the numbers don’t always need to make sense.

It’s Not About The Numbers is a series of live in-person works for single or small audiences. Join us to discover intimate connection through bite-sized adventures and surprising encounters.

Key Dates:


Time Period

Application Period

30 April – 24 May 2021


Early June 2021

Development and Rehearsals

June – Mid-August 2021

Series Presentation

19 – 26 August 2021

What is Practice looking for?

In-person works that are small in scale, but big in ideas. We’re talking about performances, workshops and experiences that break away from our traditional expectations of what theatre is. Most importantly, we’re looking for our partners in play!

All works will be presented at Practice (54 Waterloo Street), Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film or the P7:1SMA studio space (Stamford Arts Centre). Depending on the work, the actual presentation venue will be discussed and mutually decided by the artist(s) and Practice.

All works will also need to adhere to the latest NAC guidelines for Arts and Culture Advisories.

How do I submit my proposal?

All application forms and supporting documents must be submitted to [email protected] latest by 17 May 2021, 5pm (GMT+8).

There is no application fee. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

What will the selected proposal receive?

VENUE SUPPORT*: Various spaces within Practice, Objectifs and P7:1SMA will be made available for your use during the creative development, rehearsal and presentation process.

PRODUCTION AND EQUIPMENT SUPPORT*: If we have it and it is available, you can borrow it! Our production team will work closely with the artist(s) for the purposes of the presentation.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We offer a project stipend depending on the project format.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: If you need a sounding board, a different perspective, or just someone to talk about your process, the Practice team is here to help. Lean on us!

*Subject to availability

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply if my project is funded by others/ Can I apply for additional funding?
A: Yes, please declare this in your application.

Q: I applied for the Open Call in December 2020. Will my application be considered for this round?
A: We will not be considering any of the previous applications. However, we encourage you to reapply if you would still like to be a part of this series.

Q: Do I have to apply for licenses/sell my own tickets/market my own production?
A: Practice will take care of all applications required for the work’s presentation. We will also support ticketing administration and provide marketing support. However, marketing materials and collaterals should be provided by the artists.

Q: Do I get a percentage of box office?
A: All donations/ ticket sales (if any) from the presentation will be provided to Practice to cover venue, resource and manpower costs.

Q: I have more questions!
A: Drop Joey an email at [email protected] and she’ll get back to you!

See you!