Physical Fest were delighted to offer two bursaries to female identifying artists from the North West of England. The bursary offered a grant of £1500, mentoring support and a performance opportunity at the festival at our DIVE night of new work.



In Bloom- Aline Costa


A mesmerising dance performance that challenges your perception and leaves you with a sense of wonder. Drawing inspiration from Butoh techniques, the piece features slow, deliberate movements and powerful imagery that evoke mystery and intrigue, an unforgettable journey into the unknown. Aline is a Swiss performer and choreographer based in Liverpool.


Wet Dream with Jesus- Alice Way


Louisiana, home of Mardi Gras, southern hospitality, and raging purity culture. This is an autobiographical one-woman comedy investigating the wonders and pitfalls of growing up in the Bible Belt of America. The show explores Alice’s conservative, Christian led education in public high school while navigating teenage social politics and pending sexual identity. Alice, LIPA graduate, is the artistic director of Dragonfly Performance which explores social issues through thought provoking comedic theatre.


“The festival bursary and mentoring program have cultivated in me a profound belief in the value of my work and have empowered me to continue pursuing my artistic dreams with unwavering dedication and passion.” Aline Costa- Choreographer & Performer


“As the bursary winner for the festival I was given thorough attention, support, encouragement, and guidance leading up to my performance. Having Eli’s fresh perspective on my piece gave a unique new trajectory to my performance. Outside of the rehearsal and my performance I felt like I was apart of the wider festival, the Physical Fest community from the organizers, performers, and audience were welcoming and kind. It was an experience I will cherish especially as I am in my beginning years as a theatre maker.” Alice Way

Previous Bursary artists have included


Rowena Gander, Meraki Collective, Kate Jackson, and Gold Maria Akanbi