This winter, three unique organisations – the Royal Court Theatre, Northern Stage and New Writing North – are coming together to combine their strengths to provide a development opportunity for theatre writers based in the North of England.

Selected via an open call for submissions, the group will be made up of eight writers who feel they would benefit from being pushed in their craft and the ambition of their writing for the stage.

Over six sessions at Northern Stage, writers will have the chance to hear from playwrights and other theatre makers on what makes a great play and to work on a new idea for the stage with their support.  At the end of the six sessions there will be a chance for the writers to work with actors and a director to explore some of their new work.

We are planning a second phase of the project in 2018 when we hope to bring together a smaller group to work towards public performances at the Royal Court and Northern Stage.

The sessions will be held at Northern Stage and New Writing North in Newcastle at 4pm-7pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • Tuesday 19 December 2017
  • Tuesday 16 January 2018
  • Tuesday 23 January 2018
  • Tuesday 30 January 2018

We want to hear from writers who have had some experience of seeing their work brought to life on stage and who want a boost to explore a new idea in an environment which will push them. To apply, you’ll need to send us ten pages of your work and a completed application form.

Writers need to have lived in the North West, Yorkshire or the North East for at least two years and need to commit to attending all the sessions. Some assistance is available for travel for those who live outside of Newcastle. We are particularly interested in hearing from writers who are currently under-represented in UK theatre including BAME, LGBT+, working class and disabled writers.

Please apply online at Submittable.

The deadline for applicants is Monday 6 November at midday.