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Springboard is a space for performers of all kinds to share their work, experiment and try out new ideas in front of a friendly and supportive crowd, and for audiences to kick back, have a drink or two and enjoy a night of exciting performance - all whilst supporting and celebrating neurodiversity in the arts.

Springboard launched in November 2018, and the very first event was a huge success - thanks so much to all the performers and audience members who made it so wonderful! You can read about how it went in this blog post by our resident blogger Zoe, who also performed on the night.

Now, we’re SO excited to announce that thanks to a generous donation from the AOK Trust, Springboard will continue as a regular event. The next one will be on Thursday 28 March from 19:00 - 22:00 at 504. We’re delighted to be able to offer all tickets on a pay-what-you-can basis, with any proceeds going towards the running costs of future projects.

We’re looking for people to perform on the night. You can do anything you like - sing a song or two, perform a monologue, play music, try out a new theatre piece, read poetry, do some stand-up comedy or anything else - as long as it fits into a 10 minute slot!

All are welcome to apply, but we’re particularly keen to hear from autistic and neurodivergent performers. If you have a piece of writing that you’d like to share but would prefer not to perform it yourself, we can arrange for someone else to perform it for you. All performers will receive a fee of £15.

If you’d like to perform or have something performed, please email hello@mainspringarts.org.uk, telling us a bit about yourself and what you’d like to perform. Performance slots are limited, but we will try to fit in as many as we can!

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