The Sunday Lunch Club (2009–12)


A long dinner table, laid with mis-matched vintage crockery, on a stage in a theatre.

The Sunday Lunch Club was a peer networking, work share and meal event that ran six times a year for three years throughout Yorkshire and the North West.

Each event was structured around a peer sharing of scratch performance or works in progress followed by feedback from the group – guided by Proto-type, using Liz Lerman’s Critical Response method. After the work share, all present joined together for a good Sunday Lunch and some great conversation.

A long dining table, laid for dinner, on a stage, under fairy lighting.

In the three years of running the program, the guest list expanded to over two-hundred artists, programmers and funders and at any event between fifteen and fifty people attended. We invited special guests who might have a particular interest in the artists who were showing work to try and make practical connections as well.

Proto-type have continued to host work and meal shares, most recently as the opening event of Live at LICA’s Getting Out There Symposium where delegates saw work, shared knowledge and prepared their meal all together – a really fun night with some really big cakes!


Started as part of a bursary from New Work Network and Nuffield Theatre Lancaster, Sunday Lunch Club Events have been hosted at venues including Axis Arts Centre, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Greenroom, Nuffield Theatre Lancaster, the Rose (Ormskirk), UCLAN, Lanternhouse, the Junction (Goole), the Lawrence Batley Theatre and Leeds Met Studio Theatre.

The 2009 programme was funded by Nuffield Theatre Lancaster with additional support from LanWest, New Work Network, and Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.