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. A second phase of the project is planned for 2018 when we hope to bring together a smaller group to work towards public performances at the Royal Court and Northern Stage.
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. We are particularly interested in hearing from writers who are currently under-represented in UK theatre including BAME, LGBT+, working class and disabled writers.
To apply, you’ll need to send ten pages of your work and a completed application form available here.
The deadline for applicants is Monday 6 November at midday.