Fin Kennedy 

Tamasha Playwrights Year 6: Call Out

Deadline: Noon, Friday 27 September 2019


We're soliciting applications for the sixth year of our Tamasha Playwrights group. 

Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective founded in October 2014 by Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy and formed of 10 emerging playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds. Writers meet for weekly sessions in Tamasha's office from October to July. The group is refreshed with a new cohort every autumn.

The content of each session is determined by its participants, and can include any aspect of playwriting; self-producing; fundraising; teaching; writing for radio; visiting speakers; and more. Visiting speakers so far have included representatives from the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Tricycle Theatre and the Royal Court, as well as freelance producers, directors and award-winning playwrights.

The aims of the group are:

  • to offer long-term career development in a supportive environment to emerging playwrights from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • to train playwrights as producers, fundraisers, workshop leaders and project managers, as well as offering craft-based session on playwriting itself.
  • to support and encourage members to be the creative leads on their own project ideas, and to empower them to make a living as artists in between play commissions.
  • to offer regular showcase opportunities to promote the writers to the wider theatre industry.

Previous graduates have gone on to win awards and commissions including: Rabiah Hussain (Spun at the Arcola, BBC Drama Room), Iman Qureshi (The Funeral Director, Papatango Prize winner), Guleraana Mir (Coconut national tour), Amy Ng (Acceptance at Hampstead Theatre), Asif Khan (Combustion national tour), and Yolanda Mercy (Quarter Life Crisis national tour).

It’s free to take part. We actively encourage applications from writers of colour. A limited number of bursaries to contribute towards travel costs may be available to writers from outside of London. 

We are grateful for support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation to provide regional bursaries for Tamasha Playwrights. Thanks to this funding, we will be offering the new 2019/20 group some paid opportunities to deliver playwrighting workshops in schools as well. 

Projects previous years have initiated include:

Scratch night at Soho Theatre: including a series of new two-hander short plays that were showcased and digitally published. 

The Agency: training as workshop leaders and the founding of an agency of diverse ‘playwrights-for-hire’ to schools and youth groups.

An 8-week Introduction to Playwriting course for a local school.

Intensive workshop and writing week at the Tricycle Theatre including quiet writing time and workshops with leading playwrights and theatre makers.

Hear Me Now - Diverse audition pieces, working with the National Youth Theatre to develop bespoke monologues for their diverse members to better show their range in auditions. 

Come To Where I'm From: taking part in Paine Plough's renowned theatrical tapestry of the UK where Tamasha Playwrights wrote and performed their stories about London, alongside some well-known names.

Additional info:

* This group isn’t aimed at absolute beginners. Applicants will need to have written at least one full length play for the stage, 70 mins+ (though it need not have been produced). Writers with more experience are welcome to apply – though those with established professional careers will not be given priority. 

* This group is not about generating new plays for Tamasha to commission and produce in the immediate future. In the interests of managing applicants’ expectations, we would like to stress that Tamasha is a small company which produces 1-2 plays per year. Following the 2017 Arts Council funding round, the company has committed to its professional productions up to 2021. 

* Group members will be expected to work towards developing wholly new ideas for the stage, not further developing pre-existing plays. Plays submitted during the application process are writing samples only. Taking part in Tamasha Playwrights does not guarantee your work being showcased. 

* Writers who applied unsuccessfully for Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and/or 5 are welcome to reapply, but we would request that they submit a different (ideally new) full-length writing sample.

* All play submissions are read by at least two readers, at least one of which will be a diverse writer from a previous Tamasha Playwrights cohort. We usually get about 80 submissions, from which we shortlist around 20. From the shortlist 10-12 will be invited to interview with up to 10 writers recruited for the final group. 


Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm at Tamasha’s offices at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, East London. The sessions are fully subsidised and offered free of charge. A limited number of bursaries to contribute towards travel costs may be available to writers from outside of London. 

Sessions are from October 2019 - July 2020.

We are looking for writers who:

* Have written at least one full length play for the stage, 70 mins+ (though it need not have been produced).

* Are interested in and inspired by the diversity of a globalised world and the multiple narratives of contemporary Britain and beyond.

* Have a genuine desire to further develop their skills and experience in a collaborative environment and to offer constructive peer support to one another.

* Have an interest in learning to self-produce and also learning to run playwriting workshops for young people on Tamasha’s behalf.

How to apply

Deadline: Noon, Friday 27 September 2019

Please submit:

* One full length play for the stage (please note that screenplays cannot be considered, though stage plays for young people, stage musicals and radio plays can be). 

* A full CV (including writing and work experience + full contact details).

* A covering letter, no more than 1 side of A4, outlining your relevant experience, your reasons for applying and what you hope to gain from taking part.

Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

Please email Aitor Gonzalez on with your application with subject line 'Tamasha Playwrights’ or call the office on 0207 749 0090 if you have any questions.

All applicants will be contacted after the deadline and those shortlisted will be invited for an informal meeting during week commencing 21 October.

Download this application information here >  


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