Call Out for Diverse Comedy Writing Talent

 If They’re Laughing, They’re Listening

Comedy is a delivery system for truth.” John Fugelsang

In tumultuous times, comedy writers get to work. Have you got what it takes? 

Applications are now open for writers to submit short scripts for Tamasha’s next scratch night, a collaboration with Soho Theatre to find the best diverse new comedy writing talent. We’re not looking for stand-up routines – but short plays, sketches or scenes for up to four actors. Scripts which fearlessly take on the extraordinary times we are living in through, scripts which explore and comment on the hidden fault lines in our society, but above all - scripts which make us double-up with laughter. 

They say death is easy, comedy is hard. But it is also the most potent weapon in any writers’ toolkit. This Tamasha scratch night is an opportunity to try your hand.

Applications are open to writers at any stage of their career, though we will prioritise scripts set in diverse worlds, and particularly encourage writers from diverse backgrounds. We’re looking for comedies which dare to step outside of the mainstream, and put under-represented communities centre-stage. 

Our four winners will receive dramaturgical feedback and an opportunity to develop their piece in response, plus a fee to have their work performed by professional actors at a script-in-hand reading at Soho Theatre on Monday 12 June 7.30pm.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Please send your scripts with a CV and covering letter to Debo@tamasha.org.uk with comedy scratch submission in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is Monday 24 April at 12 noon. Scripts must be for no more than four actors, with a running time of between 10-15 mins. They can be standalone sketches or part of a longer piece. 

Humour is a great way for us to have evolved so we don’t have to hit each other with sticks” Scott Weems, cognitive neuroscientist