I’ve written a script, what next? Part Two – Theatre


Writing for the screen (television or film) is as much about writing for performance as it is about writing for the camera.  So where better to hone your skills writing for actors than in the theatre?  You get your script performed and you get to see an audience’s immediate reaction to your work. Perfect!

Bear in mind as well that most of the successful applicants for the hugely popular BBC Writers’ Academy are
already writing for theatre and radio, so ignore these media at your
peril.  Writing for theatre is a fantastic way to develop as a writer,
and there are many theatre production companies dedicated to putting on
the work of new writers.  They get exciting new talent, you get your
work professionally produced – it’s a win-win situation.

Here is a list of theatres and theatre production companies specialising in new writing.

Paines Plough, London

Bush Theatre, London

Hampstead Theatre, London

Royal Court Theatre, London

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Soho Theatre, London

Finborough Theatre, London

Theatre503, London

Zeitgeist Theatre, London*

Tamasha Theatre Company, London (specialising in new British Asian writing)*

Talawa Theatre Company, London (specialising in Black British writing)

Kali Theatre, London (specialising in new writing from South Asian women)

Out of Joint (touring theatre company for new writing)

Sphinx Theatre Company (touring new writing, specialising in strong roles for women)

Clean Break (new writing commissions on women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system)

New Venture Theatre, Brighton

The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton*

Warehouse Theatre, Croydon

Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Watford Palace Theatre

Bristol Old Vic

Show of Strength Theatre Company, Bristol

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (joining forces with Sgript Cymru to create a new organisation ‘Contemporary Theatre & New Writing Company)*

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Royal Exchange, Manchester

Rocket Theatre, Manchester

Contact Theatre, Manchester*

Northern Gap, Derbyshire

New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Red Ladder Theatre Company, Leeds*

Theatre in the Mill, Bradford*

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Hull Truck Theatre

Live Theatre, Newcastle*

Druid, Galway*

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow*

That’s just the ones I know of.  If you know of any others, please let me know (leave a comment on the blog or get in touch via my Script Angel website) and I’ll update this list.  Those marked with * have been added since the list was originally published on 30th July 2009.

I won’t be covering writing for radio here but do check out a series of blogs from writer Michelle Lipton on writing for radio.  Also check out Jason Arnopp’s blog on writing radio comedy.

In later posts I’ll look at screenwriting competitions, where to send your unsolicited script and how to get an agent.





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