INCUBATE- seed funding for working class playwrights at the Pleasance Theatre Islington

INCUBATE is an opportunity which aims to give playwrights the opportunity to identify, for themselves, what form of support they need in order to develop their practice and to progress their work on a new concept or script.

In partnership with COMMON, the Pleasance Theatre (Islington) will provide vital support to four working-class playwrights through giving them the time, the space and the money needed to explore a new concept or script, and to identify for themselves what support they need to do it.
Whether it’s simply needing a quiet space to write; needing to be paid to have the time to put pen to paper to explore a new concept, or continue developing an existing script; needing to hear your work read aloud, get it up on its feet or work with a new collaborator; needing to gain feedback on specific scenes or sections of your writing; or needing to make connections within the theatre industry to enable your script to move closer to production, they want to give the power to you to decide what your next best step will be!

On offer:

  • A combined seed commission / development fee of £875 for each participating writer.
  • Access to free rehearsal and development space at Pleasance Islington.
  • An evening in our StageSpace studio to share a script-in-hand reading with an invited audience, if that would be beneficial during your time with The Pleasance.
  • Feedback on your script, at any stage of its development, from a panel of industry professionals.
  • Industry mentoring and support from COMMON and Pleasance Theatre.


  • You must identify as a working-class playwright.
  • The work you are proposing must not yet have been produced in a full / professional production.
  • Your proposed concept or script must be a piece of writing for the theatre.*

*Please note that this does not need to be a piece of new writing, it could be an adaptation, a piece of work for children or young people etc. However, it must be a piece of work for the stage.


12pm on Monday 2nd March 2020.

INCUBATE will take place from 25 May – 6 June 2020.



Published on:
7 Feb 2020


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