Artwork Competition

We put on a variety of shows throughout the year in varied genres and themes. Many of these are open to a public competition and we invite all members of the public to participate, so you don’t need to be a Progress Theatre member to compete.

If your design is chosen by the Director, it will appear on all marketing materials for the show, including posters, flyers and social media campaigns. You will also be fully credited as the artist and your name will appear in the production programme.

How to submit a design

Please read through our artwork guidelines fully before you start work. When ready, please email your design to before the deadline.

Artwork guidelines

Please make sure to follow the specifications below when creating your artwork: poster template

  • A3 portrait with a 5mm bleed (final dimensions should be 307 x 440mm);
  • Allow for a 10mm margin;
  • Allow an additional 20mm of clear space from the top of the frame and another 95mm from the bottom so we can include important information about the show;
  • Save as a high-resolution .JPEG, .PNG, .PDF, PSD or .AI;
  • You are free to include the title and author’s name as part of the design but please do not include any other text or logo;

View our poster template

Open Competitions

  • Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare (PYT) 
     12 August
    Progress Youth Theatre bring William Shakespeare’s ill-fated star-crossed lovers to the Progress Stage. 

  • Brewster’s Millions by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley 
    Deadline: 16 December
    Monty Brewster has a problem: she’s just inherited £700 million. There is, of course, a catch - she needs to spend all the £100 million she had already inherited before she can get the £700 million! And she only has a year to do it. Easy? Not for Monty. She can’t have a penny left at the end of the year and she can’t own a thing from it.
     The challenge: Spend £100 million with nothing to show from it but the shirt on your back, and tell no one what you are doing. Oh, and you can’t just give it away! This fast-paced, frantic comedy classic is brought into the 21st century, retaining all the charm of the original, as Monty tries to spend it all in secret, whilst her friends all try to save her from herself.

  • The Silence of the Sea by Paul Vercors, adapted by Peter Cheeseman 
     27 January
    Occupied France. A German soldier is billetted with a French family, a middle-aged man and his young niece. The German soldier is a great lover of France and French culture and believes in the cause. The French family show their opposition to him by refusing to speak to him. They are the “silence” of the title. The soldier then goes to Paris, where he sees the reality of the Nazi occupation. He returns to them, disillusioned and distraught. 

  • Babe, the Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith, adapted by David Wood 
     27 January
    Joint Adult/Youth production.
    Dick King-Smith’s classic children’s tale, adapted for the stage. Babe arrives at Hoggett’s Farm and rapidly becomes a favourite and a pet, as he prevents sheep stealing on the farm. He then learns how to herd sheep and becomes famous for doing so. 

  • Pontypool by Tony Burgess 
     24 February
    Set in Ontario, Canada a local talk radio DJ reports on local disturbances, violence and spreading riots in the area. With most of his information coming only from listeners calling into the show he tries to piece together the events that are happening on the streets outside. It slowly becomes clear to him and his producer that the violence seems to be spreading like a contagious virus – a zombie outbreak. But rather than an infection of the blood, this virus seems to be transmitted by words and it might be that by encouraging his listeners to stay tuned to the radio he is in fact hastening the spread of the virus. And by taking calls from the outside, he may have already allowed the infection in. 

  • Richard III by William Shakespeare 
     24 February
    After a long civil war between the royal family of York and the royal family of Lancaster, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward IV and the victorious Yorks. But Edward’s younger brother, Richard, resents Edward’s power and the happiness of those around him. Malicious, power-hungry, and bitter, Richard begins to aspire secretly to the throne—and decides to kill anyone he has to in order to become king.