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Where can I send my script?

RehearsalCapital is not currently accepting unsolicited scripts, but if you would like to be kept informed of future opportunities, please sign up to our newsletter. You can also email writers@capitalplays.co.uk with a brief outline of you and your work.

In the meantime, here is a brief, but fairly comprehensive overview of other West Midlands-based organisations, theatres and schemes focused on supporting new work.

Theatre Exchange
Still a new-ish initiative, which takes place every month at The Old Joint Stock. Writers can submit up to 10 minutes of a full-length script, or test out a new idea. The excerpts will be performed in front of a supportive audience, who are invited to provide short written feedback. The next event is scheduled for 18th November and the script deadline is 10th November.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
If you are interested in submitting a script to The Rep, you can email them on scripts@birmingham-rep.co.uk. Additionally, the Rep have a number of ongoing writer development strands, including:

  • Write Away – a 10 week course aimed at developing playwriting skills, culminating in a rehearsed reading of the writers’ work. Will re-open for applications in Autumn 2013
  • REP Foundry – an annual programme for emerging directors, writers, theatre makers and companies from across the West Midlands. This yearlong development programme supports artists through workshops, making and sharing work and professional mentoring. The deadling for REP Foundry 2014 is 29 November.

Pentabus Theatre
“Looking for writers who engage with the rural world on a theatrical, imaginative level”. Located in the peaceful surroundings of the Shropshire countryside, Pentabus is steadily increasing its offering for local playwrights. From workshops to studio space and open days, they’re beginning to make full use of their converted school house to create a nurturing, welcoming environment. They invite writers, in the first instance, to submit a script to scripts@pentabus.co.uk.

PilotNights
This is not a script-based initiative, but worth considering if your practice falls more in the collaborative/ devised/ writer-performer model. It’s a popular event designed to support work-in-progress showings for theatre-makers, providing a space where artists can develop their practice in an informal and supportive atmosphere.