Celebrating and promoting the best new work from the Midlands

First Bite & Bite Size

Bite Size and its sister festival First Bite exist to support, commission and showcase new work from the Midlands. The activity runs across four public events and includes a fully supported commissioning process for three regional theatre makers.



First Bite Festival 2019

China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre present


First Bite Festival 2019

In partnership with Midlands Arts Centre, Attenborough Arts Centre and In Good Company.

Supported by Derby Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre.

First Bite is a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the Midlands.  


The 2019 First Bite took place across three venues - Midlands Arts Centre, Derby Theatre and Attenborough Arts Centre in March and April 2019 - and showcased work in progress material from seventeen regional theatre companies.  For the first time, 3 young companies were also invited to perform new work alongside the First Bite artist as part of Take A Bite - a new China Plate initiative providing Midlands based 16-21 year olds with professional development opportunities within the UK arts scene.

Three of the pieces from First Bite were selected to receive a commission to develop the work further.  The commission includes producing support, development space at the First Bite/Bite Size partner venues and the opportunity to perform the work at our London partner venue Camden People’s Theatre.  All of the pieces will be performed at Bite Size festival in January 2020. 

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce, who performed at First Bite through Take a Bite, will also be given additional support to develop their piece, On This Day, and present at Bite Size 2020.

Scroll down to find out about the 2019 First Bite commissioned shows…

First Bite 2019 Commissions

Georgie Jones - Ish…


Georgie Jones is 26 and has finally cracked what it means to be a woman. Just kidding. She's haphazardly stumbling through adulthood trying to figure out the things she should know by now. Things like what shape your eyebrows should be and how long heartbreak lasts and whether putting a tampon in can kill you.  In this debut hour, Georgie sets spoken word, stand up and storytelling to a soundtrack of nostalgic 90’s bangers in celebration of the simultaneously grotesque and glorious experience that is womanhood.


Laura Ryder & Co - Slow Violence

Slow Violence looks at climate change in a new light - as something violent. Confronting our disconnect between freak weather and melting ice caps and the way our lifestyles are set up, this show asks the important question - what will we do when the violence reaches closer to home?


Mika Johnson - Before the Flagz

X has been longing to find their people, they have been searching for connection and belonging. Before The Flagz imagines a time before colonisation, before gender binaries existed and the British planted their flags on stolen land.


Turkey and Cranberry Sauce - On This Day


In a world where natural disasters ruin lives and tear apart families, On This Day aims to shed some light on these tragedies. With a blend of physical theatre and technology, audiences will be treated to a host of explorations and leave valuing what they’ve got just that little bit more.  

First Bite 2019 Line up



Midlands Arts Centre

Lucy C Hayward | Bordering on Chaos 

BoysClub | Petticoat Council 

Tilly Branson | Aunting 

Enter Edem | Un dia 

Open Theatre Company | Juke and Lake - A box of tricks 

Laura Ryder & Co | Slow Violence 

Carbon Theatre | When We Died 

INFLUENCING MACHINE | The Future History of the British Isles 

Maisarra Margubul | Hidden in Plain Sight 

Sidney Stringer Academy* | The Silence Breakers 







Derby Theatre

Open Sky | The Disappearing Act 

Georgie Jones | ish...

Rinkoo Barpaga | Chocolat 

Quick Duck Theatre | Fashion Spies 

Derby Theatre Theatre Makers* | Theatre Makers 


Attenborough Arts Centre

Fish House Theatre | Ruby and Cedar 

Mia Johnson | SHUV IT 

TCU | BAE - Put a Ring on It 

Jane English | Plaisteach 

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce* | More Than just a Number 


* Take A Bite company

Bite Size

Bite Size Festival… the showcase for Midlands theatre making.

Presented by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre

Commissioned by mac Birmingham and In Good Company.

18th January 2020

Bite Size 2020 is a daylong showcase for theatre makers from across the Midlands. The festival takes place on 18th January 2020 at Warwick Arts Centre and will showcase an exciting programme of work celebrating some of the most intrepid and original theatre makers from the Midlands.

Expect a diverse and exhilarating collection of shows from well-established companies alongside those you may not have seen before. Experience pieces in development, excerpts from brand new productions, full shows and work developed in London by our 2017 partner Camden People’s Theatre.

Keep an eye out for confirmation of the full line-up, events and performance times.

Previous Bite Size shows include... 
Library Lion | United Artists

The Interlude | Maison Foo

The Female Warrior | Talking Birds

Horizontal | Suriya Aisha

BULLISH | Milk Presents

An Island Nation | Francesca Millican-Slater

The Fear of Fear | Stephanie Ridings

The Audit | Proto-type Theater

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here | Barrel Organ

Elephant and Castle | Tom Adams & Lillian Henley

The Nose That Nobody Picked | David Parkin

The Black Cat | LaPelle's Factory

Captain Simon | Serious Business

SEXY | Vanessa Kisuule

Charge | Motionhouse

We've Got Each Other | Paul O'Donnell


First Bite | Bite Size

25th Mar 2017First Bite - Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester 
7th Apr 2017First Bite - Derby Theatre 
22nd Apr 2017First Bite - mac birmingham (4pm) 
22nd Apr 2017First Bite - mac birmingham (7.30pm) 
7th Oct 2017Bite Size - Warwick Arts Centre 
2nd Mar 2019First Bite - Midlands Art Centre (4pm)  
2nd Mar 2019First Bite - Midlands Art Centre (7.30pm) 
22nd Mar 2019First Bite - Derby Theatre  
5th Apr 2019First Bite - Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester