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Playwrights and New Writing

The West Yorkshire Playhouse is developing a large, noisy space for Playwrights and New Writing. Our literary policy aims to nurture bold, new voices and to support, share and showcase rich, diverse stories about how we live in Leeds, in Yorkshire and in the world.

  • Script Reading

    We are excited to discover new writers both locally and across the UK. Unsolicited scripts can be sent to us during two reading windows each year.Our Unsolicited Reading window is not currently open. Our next Unsolicited Reading Window will be announced here in Autumn 2015. Unfortunately we are unable to read unsolicited work outside of these windows.

  • Writer Development

    A series of Writer Development workshops will begin in September 2015. Please check this page for more details.The first of these opportunities will be through Furnace in October, 2015.

  • Revolution Mix with Eclipse Theatre

    Revolution Mix is an ambitious three year project that will act as a catalyst for permanent change in British theatre through the largest ever delivery of Black British stories in regional theatres on the middle scale. Led by Eclipse Theatre Company and Artistic Director Dawn Walton, Revolution Mix will spearhead the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories in regional theatres from 2015 – 2018, with the aim of provoking major change, tackling inequality and creating a lasting legacy within the UK’s theatrical landscape both onstage and off.West Yorkshire Playhouse is proud to be a partner in this major new initiative and will provide mentoring support to a writer over the 3 year period along with a commitment as a production partner for the final scripts.

    More information about Revolution Mix with Eclipse Theatre

  • Write a Play with Graeae Theatre

    Write to Play is a new initiative to cultivate and promote unheard voices, championing new work by disabled playwrights led by Graeae Theatre. Working in partnership with the UK’s leading new writing venues, Graeae provides training and mentoring so that twenty writers over four years can each develop one full-length play. The programme is now in its third year and West Yorkshire Playhouse is a partner alongside Hull Truck and Newcastle Live to support writers in the North East.

    More information about Write a Play

  • Tonic Advance

    Tonic Advance was a six-month programme with Artistic Directors and senior creative from across England, exploring how their organisations can work more successfully with female artists.Each participating organisation addressed a specific question during the programme. At West Yorkshire Playhouse we asked:

    “What do we mean when talk about female-centred stories and what are the ways in which we can get more of them on our stages?”

    More information about Tonic Advance

  • Writer Attachments
    Details to be announced soon.
  • Furnace

    Or, if you have a new idea, project or script that you’d like to test out in front of an audience, click below for information about Furnace.


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