The criteria for applying

We are looking for writers who:

  • Have a passion for theatre and live performance
  • Have some previous experience of writing for performance
  • Identify as D/deaf or disabled, or who have experienced barriers to furthering learning and practice due to lack of access of opportunity
  • Identify as BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) or PoC (Person of Colour)
  • Are able to commit to the whole programme from Jan 2018-Dec 2018. 

If you aren’t sure if you’re eligible, or if you have any questions, please get in touch by calling 0207 613 6900 or by emailing

Applications will only be considered if applicants are eligible. 

Write To Play 

…Turning the page on new writing…

Together with Bush Theatre, Ovalhouse, Soho Theatre, and Talawa, we're partnering with Graeae to deliver their acclaimed initiative that cultivates and promotes D/deaf and disabled writers. In this fifth year of the programme we are nurturing the phenomenal talent which exists within the BAME D/deaf and disabled community.

We are thrilled to be working with Leanna Benjamin, Kathryn Golding, Shahid Iqbal Khan, Charlotte Maxwell and Lettie Precious.

They will be mentored by Somalia Seaton, Tom Wells, Annie Siddons, Oladipo Agbolulaje and Javaad Alipoor. 

Read the press release here >

Write to Play is a paid opportunity and each writer will get a bursary of £1800  for their participation on the programme. Expenses related to participation, such as travel and accommodation, are also covered by the programme.

The programme consists of:

  • Playwriting 101, a five day writing workshop, offering writers crucial learning and space with peers in a supported environment
  • Six half day specialist workshops facilitated by leading practitioners
  • Access to an individual mentor who will support writers dramaturgically through all writing projects and offer pastoral support
  • Miniatures: Writers will have the opportunity to develop a short monologue and a short duologue, to explore with their mentor the performance potential of the pieces in a workshop with actors, and showcase this work to a small audience and get feedback
  • Writers will also develop two drafts of a new full-length play. There will be a public sharing of an extract from this full-length play at the end of the programme
  • Writers will have the opportunity to take part in a two-week placement at one of the partner organisations, allowing writers to expand their network and skills base
  • Opportunities to see new work at the partner organisations

Writers on the programme are encouraged to write about anything they wish.

All access requirements will be met, including sign language interpreters and access support workers, and the programme structure and content can be adapted for access purposes if required.


How to apply

To apply download and complete the application form here >

The application form can also be downloaded in large print and screen reader friendly formats.

Please send your application, or direct any questions you may have to

Applications open Monday 4 Sept 2017

Applications close Monday 2 Oct 2017, 12pm

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 30 October

We welcome applications in English and BSL.

If you would like this information in a different format, or require any assistance with your application, please email or call 020 7613 6900.

Further Info

Click here to download the Write To Play e-flyer >

Click here to find out more about previous years of Write to Play >

Click here to visit the Write to Play writers blog >

Click here to read more about Graeae and Royal Exchange produced Write To Play production Cosmic Scallies >