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The Playwrights’ Programme

Our free course for writers and theatre makers in the Liverpool City Region

The Playwrights’ Programme

Applications are now open, apply now.
Application Deadline // Friday 3 August 2018

Each year, up to ten writers are invited to join the programme and work closely with our New Works team to hone their playwriting skills and knowledge, with a view to write a full length stage play.

The initial term explores the fundamentals of playwriting through a series of fortnightly workshops led by the New Works team, visiting writers, directors and other practitioners. The group receives a reading list, with access to our extensive script library and between workshops there are theatre visits (with free tickets to all our in-house productions).

Each writer submits the first draft of a full-length play in February.  The second term focuses on the redrafting process and each writer receives one-to-one dramaturgical support in addition to discussing their work within the group sessions.

The group meet every fortnight on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8.30pm in the Writers’ Room at the Everyman.
The programme is completely free of charge.



Applicants must be aged 18+ and have some experience of writing for the stage (not necessarily a full production). Talent, full commitment and passion, however, are more important than experience. We’re looking for innovative, original and exciting new voices from the Liverpool region: writers who are committed to playwriting and making theatre which will delight, engage and challenge audiences.

To apply, please complete the online application form telling us about your experience to date, why you wish to develop your playwriting craft, and how this opportunity to work with the Everyman & Playhouse appeals to you. We’d also like to read a sample of your stage writing, of no more than 10 pages which should be sent to [email protected]. For submission advice and guidance, please see the guidelines below. Applicants will be shortlisted, and then invited for an informal interview so that we can put together a group we think will work well together for the year.

Apply here

Submission guidelines
We ask all applicants to send us a piece of writing for stage.  This could be a short play, a scene or scenes from a longer play, or the beginning of a play you would like to develop.  All submissions must be original scripts written for the stage: we cannot accept radio, TV or film scripts.  Submissions must be no longer than 10 pages.

We expect a large number of applications and so we cannot accept full-length scripts as part of the application process, and can’t offer feedback to every writer.  However we do accept unsolicited scripts from writers based in the Liverpool City Region throughout the year. Please  see our script submissions page for more information.

We ask that all scripts sent to us are saved and attached as PDF or Word Document file only and are type written in font size 12 using either of the following font styles: Ariel, Times New Roman or Calibri.  Please ensure all pages are numbered and that you include a title page along with a list of characters.  We read all scripts anonymously so please do not include any personal details on your script.

Thank you for sending us your work – we look forward to reading it.

If you have any queries, please contact the New Works department at [email protected].

The Playwrights’ Programme is supported by The Fenton Arts Trust
The Playwrights’ Programme is supported by The Fenton Arts Trust