As Featured in The Guardian. Round 2 now in progress! Click here for more information.

Virtual Collaborators​ was founded in March 2020 by Danusia Samal as a response to the closure of the UK theatre industry due to COVID-19. ​Over the course of April and May, Danusia organised teams of one writer, one actor and one director to create a new piece of theatre under lockdown conditions. Over 50 creatives were involved. The Guardian served as media partner for this inaugural Virtual Collaborator programme, featuring selected pieces over three weeks. The initiative was hugely successful, with the Guardian articles receiving over 25,000 views and the films being being over 20,000 times.

For the next stage of Virtual Collaborators, Danusia has partnered with Olivia Munk of Part of the Main Productions to deliver a festival of work from Aug 17th – 31st 2020. Whilst the first version of Virtual Collaborators largely consisted of monologues shared online, this round is supporting over 100 artists to experiment with the next stage of socially distanced theatre. Participants will be challenged to create socially distanced films, audio dramas, Zoom plays, and — most excitingly — socially distanced live theatre performed in partnership with leading London venues (see our partners). Performances will be streamed, publicised, and will take place live. The Virtual Collaborators network will also be given access to workshops with leading theatre and television companies. We are thrilled to be working with Soho Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Theatre503, The Space, The Finborough, Coney Theatre, Little Door TV, Balloon Entertainment, and many more companies and freelance creatives.

Applications for this round are currently closed. Please check back for details of our full lineup.


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Meet the Artists

Find out about the actors, writers, and directors involved.

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About the Pieces

Stand-up to sci-fi – A bit about each team and what we’re making!