ADAPT 2018
ADAPT = Artist Development And Performance Training
Adapt from being unemployed to employed
Adapt from being a student to working professionally
Adapt from working in one discipline to another
Adapt from being a mid career artist to being a lead/established artist
Adapt to the changing artistic landscape
Adapt from working in conventional to unconventional spaces

For 30 years Hope Street has built a reputation for nurturing emerging artists through different vocational and professional programmes. In 2018 we will launch ADAPT (Artist Development & Performance Training), modelled on our internationally-renowned Emerging Artists Programme. This will be a vocational training programme providing participants with the opportunity to create their own work alongside professional artists, learn the business skills needed to work in the arts and cultural sector, network with and meet key personnel in other major creative organisations in Liverpool, and more. In recent years the programme has produced spectacular performances, including immersive theatrical games across the city, site-responsive work at the Bluecoat and Tate Liverpool, mask work, street performances, physical theatre and cross-arts and multimedia collaborations, as well as collaborations with a variety of community groups.
With ADAPT we are keen to continue supporting the development of artists, not only emerging, but at any stage of their careers, by helping them realise their ideas, whilst ‘passing on’ their skills and training to artists at the start of their careers. ADAPT will last for approximately 3 months, during which the cohort of Hope Street’s emerging artists will engage in training, placements and performances. The programme is still being developed, but will include:
Climate Change is Rubbish - to coincide with Hope Street's 30th birthday, we invited our alumni to submit proposals to create a show that contributes to the national programme led by Julie's Bicycle: Season for Change, celebrating the environment and inspiring action on climate change to coincide with the global COP24 talks. This show will be directed by The Egg People, with film by Andrew Smith.  It will comprise street theatre performances, as well as a 'Party Conference', led by a mock political party, who believes that climate change is a myth.

Following on from this show, the actors will divide into several groups to begin work on a new performance piece, which will automatically be programmed as part of On the Verge festival 2019.  They will be provided with 6 months of mentoring in the lead up to the festival.

ADAPT will replace the highly acclaimed Emerging Artists Programme. For examples of what was produced during the last three programmes, please visit 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Please click to download the Evaluation Report for 2016. 

In addition to creating spectacular performances, all our emerging artists participate in Business Matters, a programme that provides the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for working in the arts and cultural industries. This includes:
  • producing a career-orientated biography and CV
  • building up a portfolio of work
  • meeting key personnel in the majority of the city’s cultural organisations
  • gaining knowledge about job application processes
  • increased awareness of the arts industry through networking with COoL & LARC organisations
  • attending seminars that include Arts Council England, Culture Liverpool and Equity

If you have any questions about the programme, or volunteering opportunities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 0151 708 8007.
Race Against Time - live action gameWHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
“An enriching experience non-comparable to any other..."
"The commitment required to complete the programme taught us great discipline which will set us up well for our future careers.”
“Hope Street EAP is a fantastic journey and a great platform for professional development.”
“A unique supportive bridge into the industry. The programme is exciting, fun-filled, creatively stimulating and immersive. It’s a networking opportunity like no other which encourages artists to push their own boundaries.”
“The EAP 2014 experience has filled our souls with so much passion and enthusiasm to fulfil our career in the arts #dreams #yolo.”

Hope Street has been supporting Emerging Artists in Liverpool for almost 30 years, running this unique professional development programme for anyone over 18 (no upper age limit) from anywhere in the world. Our artists have forged successful careers for themselves and secured employment with various organisations, including Lantern Company, 20 Stories High, Everyman Theatre, European City of Sport 2016, The Challenge, Brouhaha and National Museums of Liverpool.

  • Recruitment for ADAPT will commence in February 2018
  • Deadline for applications will be 7th May 2018 at 12 noon
  • Auditions and interviews will be week commencing 21st May 2018 (and possibly the following week)
  • ADAPT will start on 16th July 2018
  • Climate Change is Rubbish will be performed on 20th, 21st and 22nd September 2018

Hope Street Ltd reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify, in any way, information relating to the programme. The projects are subject to successful funding applications.


Hope Street is a charity and we rely on public funding to deliver our exceptional programmes for free. Please show your support by giving what you can: