We want to develop playwrights who can best represent our region’s talent, voice and unique energy so our primary responsibility is to writers based in the Liverpool City Region.
We expect all writers who submit a script to be aware of the work we programme, the size of our venues, and to know why they are sending us a particular play.
What are we looking for?
We’re committed to brilliant, humane, forward-thinking theatre that responds to its time and place, ignites the imagination and explores what it is to be human. The new work we produce is varied and there are many different things that might excite us in a play or a writer.
“To write a play one must passionately believe in something which one wants to communicate”
We’re looking for writers who have a story that they passionately want to tell through the unique power of theatre. We’re looking for those dedicated to staking their claim as a writer in this city, showing a rigorous attention to detail in their work. We are looking for original voices to produce work that is emotionally and intellectually stimulating; possessing original ideas alongside vibrant characters.
Unfortunately we can’t currently accept:
- Plays by writers from outside the Liverpool city region
- More than one play per writer per year
- Short plays
- Radio, film or TV scripts
- Poetry or prose works
- Adaptations of novels or existing plays
How do I submit a script?
Please email your script as a PDF or Word Document to [email protected] and attach a completed submission form. Scripts should be written in a clear font (eg. size 12 in Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri). Ensure the pages are numbered and that you include a title page with a list of characters. Please do not include any personal details on the script. We read all unsolicited scripts anonymously in the first instance.
What happens next?
It currently takes around six months to be read by a member of our script reading panel. If we feel a writer would benefit from dramaturgical notes, we can include these with our response.
For us, reading unsolicited scripts is not about finding the next play to commission, it’s about starting a working, nurturing relationship with a talented writers in our region. So, if you’re a playwright based locally and you’d like us to get to know your work, please do get in touch. We’d really like to meet you.
Other ways to engage with new writing at our theatres:
Also, playwrights are welcome to join our monthly Open Office in the Writers’ Room. You’ll be able to chat about any script writing queries with our Literary Department. Sessions last around 30 minutes and take place between 3pm and 5pm on the last Friday of every month. They can be popular, so please contact Box Office in advance so we can pencil in a slot for you. Email [email protected] for more details.
Our annual new writing festival, Everyword, is open to theatre makers of all levels and experience for play readings, workshops and events. You can sign up to our regular New Works newsletter containing local, national and international opportunities for playwrights, forthcoming events and updates from our Literary Department.
Looking for a quiet workspace? Book some time in our Writers’ Room.
Aged 18–25? You’re eligible to apply for our YEP Writers Programme. The two-year programme is an opportunity for young writers to develop their playwriting skills, knowledge and experience in a practical, supportive and challenging environment.
If that’s not suitable, you may be interested in our Playwrights’ Programme for theatre makers in the Liverpool City Region. The programme is for writers aged 18+ who wish to develop their playwriting craft and have some experience of writing for the stage (not necessarily a full production).