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We are proud to have highlighted and showcased 18 new scripts for the stage and screen last year, through our Online Reads project. Supporting new talent in their journey of taking their art from page to stage. 

We have really enjoyed building a community of performing artists, writers and theater makers who collaboratively have worked together to push theatre forward.

This year, funding from Arts Council England has helped us to continue our mission of supporting emerging artists from the UK and around the world, bringing thought provoking theatre to the forefront. 


As well as allowing us to make this writing development opportunity more accessible and completely free! Helping to support artists regardless of location, caring obligations or financial limitations. 


Have access to the information below by Easy Read or by audio.

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 Open submissions 

Each month, throughout the next 12 months, we will host one online reading of new scripts via zoom, supporting the playwrights on the next steps of their play.

They will be working closely with actors, theatremakers and our team, who will read the script in its entirety and discuss its themes, structure, characters and social impact. Giving the playwright the opportunity to try out their work in a safe and collaborative environment. 

We are looking for new plays destined for the stage. They can be short or full length plays, polished or still in development. Our selection process will be based on the development stage of the play, the social relevance of its themes and if it meets our efforts of inclusion and diversity. 

The selected playwrights will:

Have a pre-reading meeting with our team to discuss their desired outcomes

Hear their play in its entirety read by actors and discussed by industry peers

Be able to invite relevant guests to attend the reading (i.e. Possible future producers or directors) 

Get in-depth literary feedback from our resident dramaturg - Melissa Sylverson

Get the recording of the reading and thought sharing session for them to explore in their own time

Open submissions
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Deadline to apply:

7th October 2022


Here's how you can apply

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Submit your application either by form or by video. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact us directly at

Additionally, if you have any access support needs that have not been addressed, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to accommodate them. 

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