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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.

    In order to ensure we can process, read and respond to all the wonderful work you send us, our unsolicited windows have specific criteria to give everyone a fair chance and we are strict about the way in which we receive scripts.

    Our next unsolicited script window will be open at 10am Thur 8 Oct and will close at 6pm on Thur 29 Oct.

    This window is only open to submissions from writers who were born, grew up or who are currently living in Yorkshire.

    To submit a script, you must complete our online form here.
    Scripts must be submitted in PDF or Word format

    We can only read one play per writer, per year. If you submitted work to us in June 2015, please wait until 2016 to send us something again.

    We are happy to accept scripts of any length, written for audiences of any age.

    Unfortunately we cannot accept:

    • Scripts written for radio, television or film.
    • Plays that have had a previous production
    • Plays that have been submitted to the West Yorkshire Playhouse previously
    • Musicals
  • Writer Development

    Furnace Artist Network: Playwrights 1

    This 8 week introductory course is an opportunity to explore the craft of writing for live performance and will cover areas including story, structure, dialogue, character and style. No experience is necessary, the course is suitable for complete beginners as well as playwrights who want to consolidate or advance their practice and writers from other disciplines.

    The course is very practical; participants should be prepared to do lots of writing and reading.  The application form includes an opportunity to let us know about any access requirements.

    There is no fee to take part. The course is open to everyone over the age of 16, there is no upper age limit. Priority will be given to those living in Leeds and West Yorkshire. To apply, please fill in the form here.

    This course will run at regular intervals at the Playhouse. We will invite those who have registered to take part as dates become available.

    Playwrights 1 is facilitated by Literary Associate Jacqui Honess-Martin.



    Will this course cover writing for radio, film or TV?

    No, this course is specifically for playwrights and writing for live performance.

    Does this course cover writing for children?

    This course will cover the fundamentals of writing for any audience, however writing for children will not be addressed as a specific topic.

    Does this course cover writing musicals or opera?

    This course will cover the fundamentals of writing for live performance, but will not address musicals or opera specifically.

    Can I submit work I have already written at the end of the course for detailed feedback?

    Our unsolicited script windows are opportunities to submit existing work. The work we want to read at the end of the course, should have been created during the 8 week course.

    I have a disability, is this course open to me?

    Absolutely. The application form includes an opportunity for you to tell us about any access needs you have, including issues reading or writing. We will do all we can to enable everyone to take part.

    I don’t live in Yorkshire, can I still apply?

    This opportunity is focused on developing talent and a creative community in Leeds and Yorkshire. Priority will be given to applicants local to us, but if there is space, we are happy to consider applications from elsewhere.

    I’m under 16, how can I develop my skills as a writer?

    The West Yorkshire Playhouse is a Regional Hub for National Theatre’s New Views. An 8 week playwriting course will begin in Autumn 2015 for those aged 15-19.  We are inviting applications through our Creative Engagement networks, but if you wish to apply, please contact Literary Associate Jacqui Honess-Martin at jacqui.honess-martin@wyp.org.uk

  • 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 to 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 to 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

  • Playwrights Next
    A nine month programme of masterclasses and events for established writers in Leeds and Yorkshire. This small group is by invitation only and is a means for the Playhouse to provide bespoke support, to build a creative community and to have a meaningful connection with our local writers.
  • If you are an emerging writer, please register to take part in Playwrights 1. If you are an established writer living and working in Yorkshire who would like to be considered for this programme, please contact our Literary Associate Jacqui Honess-Martin.
  • 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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