Global Black Voices at Arcola Theatre: Play Submission

Coinciding with Black History Month, the third edition of Global Voices Theatre at Arcola celebrates Black writers worldwide.  Curated through an open international call, the evening showcases five extracts of rehearsed readings of plays never before staged in the UK.



25th September, 6pm GMT



  • Plays submitted should be by black-identifying playwrights based outside of the UK.
  • They are looking for plays from contexts beyond the Western world; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres.
  • Plays can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters; and must be in, or translated into, English.
  • If you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate.
  • The play should not have been previously staged in the UK.

This is an opportunity to showcase new work from around the world to audiences and industry in London. Global Voices Theatre is a volunteer-led non-profit company, and all actors and directors are volunteers. They will be charging a minimal ticket fee to attend readings (£5) which covers the basic costs of staging the readings. As such no performance fee is available. Translators and writers will retain all rights to future production, but they will invite producers, directors and representatives from theatres to attend and we hope productions are picked up for future development or performance.

To apply please go to

Published on:
19 Sep 2018


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