As one of the UK's most renowned companies in delivering performance work for young people and exploring innovative approaches to making and sharing work, Pilot Theatre is the leading organization on PLATFORM shift+.
PLATFORM shift+ is a successful larger scale cooperation project announced by the European Commission under their European Culture Funding Stream Creative Europe. It consists of 11 partners from 9 countries, ten theatres and a university, working together to produce 40 theatre productions, based on new ideas and writing, over 4 years.
The artistic network PLATFORM shift+ was created to meet the new challenges of producing theatre for young people in the digital age. The partners have identified the urgent need to engage with digital technology in order to understand the target audience.
Today young people move naturally between real and virtual worlds. Theatre for them must respond to this new reality to sustain and grow existing audiences and build new audiences for the future. This will enable theatre to accurately portray young people's reality and inspire them with a belief in theatre as a unique live medium for modern times.
An extensive programme of interrelated activities will encourage transnational exchanges of artists/artistic products and provide training in digital technology through practice and international Creative Forums, connecting theatre makers directly with young people in an artistic dialogue.
At the end of the project 10 Creative Forums all over Europe will offer training programmes and tools for sustainability of progress and ambition.
The overall project has been awarded the maximum grant of 2,000,000 Euros (which is 42% of the total budget) by the EU Cultural Commission and will run from 2014 – 2018.