Syn Festival invites artists to participate with short performances that explore the theme of Utopia or Dystopia in the Theatre Night of Syn Festival 2019 that will take place in Assembly Roxy on the 24th March 2019.

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2019, midnight.

Submission Form

• Artists over 18 yrs old, based anywhere in Scotland (essential).
• Solo artists or groups. One application per project is required (essential).
• The projects can be at any stage of development as long as it can be showcased in front of an audience.
• We welcome all forms of performance: monologues, short-plays, spoken word performances, physical theatre & dance-theatre performances, even new plays for a first read.
• We encourage projects which engage and involve communities. By communities we mean a body of people who are not professional artists and they share an interest or a particular characteristic (desirable).
• We encourage projects which are flexible to co-exist on stage with other performances (desirable).

How to Apply:
Please apply via e-mail at The submission form can be found here. Download, complete, save in pdf format and attach it in your e-mail.
All pdfs should be named following the pattern “2019_PerformaceSubmission_ArtistsName_ProjectTitle”
The deadline for submission expires on the 31st January, by midnight.

About the Festival:
Syn Festival is a purely volunteer led organization that is open to volunteers from all different ethnic and professional backgrounds. The purpose of the festival is to create a space where members of the vibrant community of artists in Scotland can communicate their work, share their skills and experiences, network, and expand their audience.
Syn Festival’s Theatre Programme for 2019 aims to a) engage local communities into participating in theatre-making, reflect their reality in theatre and interact with the on-stage theatrical action, b) support experimental or developed groundbreaking work of independent theatre-makers based in Scotland and showcase work that explores, experiments or extends the theatrical language and represents as much as possible of its range, c) present theatrical work that explores the themes of Utopia and Dystopia on either an existential or a social, political level.

About Theatre Programming of this year:
This year, Syn Festival draws inspiration from Utopia. In 1516, the statesman and poet Thomas More published Utopia, a description of an ideal island nation. A century later, Francis Bacon wrote the novel New Atlantis (1627), a story about an isolated self-providing mythical island, in which the inhabitants “constructed” an ideal society, cutting itself off from the rest of the world. Today, five centuries after More’s vision, the discourse on utopia seems more pertinent than ever and concerns almost every aspect of public life. Undoubtedly, in Britain, the 2016 referendum brought the political rhetoric of utopia back to the surface, dividing collective consciousness in a catholic manner. On the one hand, the majority (going by the result at least) regarded Brexit as an opportunity to attain utopia and envisaged the UK as an isolated island which would burst forth in growth, fuelled exclusively by its own resources. For others, Brexit’s utopia constitutes an absolute dystopia and lays the ground for a dreary reality in which polyphony is forbidden and multiculturality is condemned.
We are particularly interested to see how you would describe an utopia or a dystopia on stage in an existential, social or political level.

About the Theatre Night:
Syn Festival Edinburgh will host one theatrical night on Sunday 24th March 2019 in Assembly Roxy. The line-up will include one commissioned project along with a selection of short performances. Each short performance will have approximately 20’ stage time and short time for a tech rehearsal. At the end of the night, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss with the audience.