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.

Midlands Arts Centre

Sat 02nd March, 4pm and 7.30pm, £6 (£5) or £10 (£8) for day ticket

Derby Theatre

Fri 22nd March, 7pm, £5

Attenborough Arts Centre

Fri 05th April, 7pm, Pay what you think


First Bite is back! Join us this Spring for a chance to see an eclectic collection of extracts and new ideas from some of the most exciting theatre makers working across the region.

First Bite takes place across three venues in the Midlands, and is an exclusive chance to see work in progress material from seventeen regional theatre companies, and offer them your feedback in order to help develop their work. Three of the pieces seen during the First Bite events will be commissioned by the festival partners and be shown at the Bite Size Festival at Warwick Arts Centre in January 2020.

For the first time, 3 young companies will also perform new work alongside the First Bite artists as part of Take A Bite – a new initiative providing Midlands based 16-21 year olds with professional development opportunities within the UK arts scene.

Be there at the start and help us mould the future of theatre in the Midlands!

Scroll down to see the line up...



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