A first time for everyone: taking your creative project to a scratch night

A photograph of an actor in a white shirt with a black bow tie hanging loose around his neck speaking into a microphone. He is holding two paper masks of Prince Harry’s face on his hands.

What should a scratch night application include?

  • What’s the concept behind the show or the piece?
  • What’s the why?
  • What’s the form — poetry, theatre, music, combination?
  • Who’s involved?

How competitive are scratch nights when you haven’t previously staged any work?

A photograph of four performers on a stage, singing into microphones. They are dressed casually and holding black music folders.
Wasted performing at The Lowdown. Photo by Lidia Crisafulli

How developed does a concept need to be?

How do you find creatives to collaborate on a scratch night piece?

What kind of questions would be most useful to ask the audience?

  • Which moments most resonated with you?
  • What did you think about the presentation of X theme?
  • What did you think of the pacing?
  • What did you think about the casting of X actor?
  • What within the piece elicited that reaction in you?
  • It’s interesting that you mention you resonated with X experience. I felt like Y — what did you feel like?
The Curse Of Love performing at The Lowdown. Photo by Lidia Crisafulli

How do you make the most of audience feedback?

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