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Scratch Nights

10 Apr - 1 May
  • £7.50

Join us for our Scratch Nights – quick fire acts showcasing fresh new material.

Scratch Nights contain a variety of performances including short plays, sketch comedy, film, poetry and spoken word.

We are currently open for submissions for our Made in Essex night on Wed 10 Apr

We are looking for works in progress (approx 15-20 mins in length) from artists from all over Essex. In order to submit your piece, please email a “script” to our associate producer, Dilek Latif ( We are open to various ranges of work including plays, sketch comedy, performance poetry, dance with narrative, musical theatre…you name it!

The submission deadline is 6th March, and applicants will be contacted by the 13th March as to whether they have been successful or not. Unfortunately we will be unable to provide feedback to those who are unsuccessful.

All of the acts that are successful will be paid, will need to be available on Tue 9 Apr (eve) to be mentored by the Mercury production team, and will need to be available for rehearsal and performance on Wed 10 Apr (early afternoon/eve). All acts will receive feedback from two industry professionals (these will be confirmed in due course).

Please note our Scratch Night on Wed 1  May is specifically aimed at showcasing the work of under-represented artists, particularly artists of colour, we will be open for submissions very soon!

Mercury Studio Theatre
  • Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT, UK

Box Office: 01206 573948

The Mercury's 98-seater Studio Theatre, with nearby parking at St. Mary's multi-storey car park

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