Digital Commission Opportunities

Cast is Doncaster’s theatre, a cultural resource for the Borough that opened its doors for the first time in 2013. Our venue exists as an arts centre with community at its heart and we work closely with our civic partners in the town and artistic peer organisations across the country to deliver great productions and activities that benefit the communities of Doncaster. We have a 620 seat main theatre, a flexible second space and a number of other studios and spaces, and a welcoming foyer and café bar. We programme events and activities that take place inside the theatre, in outdoor spaces, in locations throughout Doncaster and the North, and in digital spaces.


We are a Theatre of Sanctuary, and we strive to offer an open and inclusive space for theatre and performing arts to be made, shown and watched. We make our own in-house pantomime every year and commission other shows, as well as investing in and commissioning artists to create work. We also present on our stages the best work from around the UK and beyond.


During the pandemic, we piloted the commissioning of digital work – this ranged from programming digital shows; live streaming shows from our main stage, commissioning our first digital crime series; organising digital scratch nights; and supporting artists with developing their digital practice. We have benefitted from receiving funding from Garfield Weston Foundation to offer two digital commissions to further develop this work.


What we are looking for:

We are looking for creative, ambitious and innovative digital ideas that experiment with new concepts and which might have the potential to reach new audiences.

We would like proposals to relate to any of the following themes:

  • A digital work that raises awareness of the environment and the impact of global warming.
  • A digital work that helps Cast engage with marginalised audiences or audiences who do not regularly attend Cast.
  • A digital work that helps Cast engage with specific younger audiences. By younger audiences we mean the categories of babies, early years, primary, secondary school ages and up to the ages of 26.
  • A digital work that helps Cast celebrate its 10th birthday (our birthday is in September 2023) and which recognises the communities and audiences that have engaged with Cast


What we mean by digital:

By digital work, we mean any of the following:

  • A new art work that exists solely in the digital realm
  • A tangible object that uses digital technology as an integral part of its creativity
  • A performance piece that has digital technology as an integral part of its creativity


What we can offer:

  • £10,000 fee to include materials and any expenses which will result in a new art work that can be viewed, performed, experienced.
  • 2 weeks R&D space at Cast at a mutually convenient time
  • Up to 5 days technical support
  • Mentorship and networking with other artists
  • Opportunities to share work in progress/ prototypes with audiences or as an industry sharing
  • Marketing, press and PR support


Timeline and Application process:

Expressions of interest to be received by Wednesday 8 December 2021. Please be specific about the intended category(s) that your proposal falls into.

  • A one page of A4 describing your proposal or a 5 minute audio/video presentation
  • A one page biography of yourself (and your team) signposting to online examples of your work or a 5 minute audio/video presentation.
  • A creative reference from a past partnership or commission

Applications that reference knowledge of audiences and communities of Doncaster Borough will be particularly welcomed


  • Interviews will be w/c 13 December
  • Work to begin January 2021
  • Completion within 12 months

We welcome applications from individual artists or organisations. 

The finished art work must be as fully accessible as possible and consideration should be given to that in the application.


How to apply:

Please send your application to Georgie Booth, Administrator:

Any questions please contact Deborah Rees: