Art & Design


We love being part of a creative community made up of many talents. If you’re a passionate artist looking to show off your skills, you can use our space to display your work, or get involved in one of our many artwork competitions.



Artwork Competition

Artwork Competitions

Who Can Participate?

  • Everyone


What Do I Win?

  • A backstage pass to see the show
  • Full credit as the artist
  • Your name in the programme


What Happens To My Work?

  • Your design will be used as the main banner on our Website and Facebook Event.
  • We will need your permission to create some variations of your artwork that we can use on our social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook). If you'd like to stay involved we'll provide guidance so you can make the changes yourself. If you'd rather not, that's ok too! We can do the legwork and you'll still get the credit!


How Do I Enter?

  • Make sure to read our guidelines below before getting started.
  • Send your design to and we'll get back to you as soon as a decision has been made.


Design Guidelines

  • Size: 1920 x 1005 pixels (this size will be suitable for our website and Facebook event page)
  • Please include the title of the show and author as part of the design.
  • Do not include any other text or logos.
  • Make sure to leave a clear space of at least 1095 x 185 pixels (so we can include important information about the show)
  • Make sure to leave a clear space of at least 400 x 160 pixels (so we can include the Progress Theatre logo)
  • Save as a high-resolution JPG, PNG or PDF. We also accept PSD and AI files.


Active Competitions

Lessons In Life - An Evening of Monologues

A collection of monologues from across the ages, from Shakespeare to Chekhov to Amanda Whittington. An array of colourful characters showing us snippets of their emotional journeys in life and the lessons they’ve learnt.

Directors Notes: An idea we had was to show a heart monitor line that draws the outline of a house, a heart and a tombstone, but are open to alternaive ideas.

Deadline: Sunday 14 March


Rotterdam, by Jon Brittain

“No Alice, I don’t want to become a man, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.” 

It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice had finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man, and now wants to start living as one. Now Alice must face a question she never thought she would ask... does this mean she’s straight? A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home. 

Directors Notes: Would like to see a strong LGBTQ message, in a sensitive & positive way.

Deadline: Sunday 2 April


Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare

(Outdoor performance in the Abbey Ruins)

Encapsulating tragedy and comedy, the most famous romance in the world comes to the Reading Abbey Ruins in 2021. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gate-crashing a Capulet party, and young lovesick Romeo falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet.  But her toadying parents’ plan to marry her off to her father’s choice, the Count Paris, sacrificing Juliet’s happiness to enhance their social status. Their burgeoning romance is further threatened as the age-old vendetta between the two families erupts into bloodshed, and the seemingly star cross’d lovers find themselves on opposite sides of a divide that cannot be bridged. Toxic machismo, street violence and polarised mindsets all find parallels in the present-day, giving this story a freshness and relevance to audiences of all ages.  With comedy and music, and modern language semi-improvisations that never compromise the work itself, this production will also appeal to those who rarely visit the theatre or read Shakespeare.

Directors Notes: Would like the title to be the leading graphic.

Deadline: Sunday 2 April



Art in the Foyer

During each of our shows, we turn our foyer into an exhibition room showcasing work by local artists. This opportunity is open to all, and there is no hanging fee. We do, however, retain a 20% commission on all artwork sold.

We’re interested in artwork in all media, but due to limited space can only accept arrangements that can be hung on the walls.

For more information or to book your space, please contact our Art Co-ordinator, Chris Moran:

Previous displays by Trish Grimes and Peter Swain