The Emerge Festival is a collaboration between Warwick Arts Centre and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). As well as showcasing the work of graduate theatre companies, we will be running a series of public events to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary.

The 2015 Emerge Laboratory is co-curated by Jonathan Heron (IATL/Fail Better Productions) and Anna Harpin (Theatre and Performance Studies/Idiot Child) with support from Warwick Arts Centre. At the inaugural 2014 Emerge Laboratory, graduate theatre companies (including Barrel Organ, Dumbshow, Fat Git, FellSwoop, Kill the Beast) and alumni practitioners (including producers, performers and writers) participated alongside Warwick students over four days of events and experiments. This year’s theatre laboratory is open to all Emerge practitioners and new members of the IATL Student Ensemble. If you would like more information, please email

In the laboratory, there will be co-facilitators, guest practitioners, festival volunteers and workshop participants. While these different roles will involve variable levels of experience, everyone will have equal rights to participate, and the ethos of the collaboration is that of the ensemble. The guest practitioners will be drawn from emerging companies Barrel Organ, Dumbshow, FellSwoop, Tit4Twat and Walrus. If you are a Warwick student interested in theatre and performance-making, you can either audition for this group, volunteer to work as a festival assistant or simply come along to a panel discussion or performance. Why not use this opportunity to see where you can be when you graduate!

Find out more about the Emerge Festival