Inspire: Next Generation Playwright Programme- OPEN

The Hampstead Theatre is launching Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme an opportunity for playwrights with new ideas, talent and energy to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams. They are looking for innovative and lateral thinkers, dedicated to creating entertaining and original theatre.


  • No experience is necessary.
  • Anyone aged between 18 and 25 inclusive on 1 September 2017 is eligible to apply.
  • The programme is free, with a £200 bursery offered for travel expenses.

The Next Playwrights will work with Roy Williams for one year to develop and complete a full length play. Beginning in September 2017, the playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings. They will also be given the opportunity to submit drafts for feedback and to hold a reading of their work with professional actors at Hampstead Theatre. In September 2018, all drafts will be considered for presentation in our Downstairs studio, and the playwrights will meet with the Executive team to discuss their work.

The playwrights will be invited to see all Main Stage and Downstairs shows at Hampstead Theatre for free, to attend rehearsals and production meetings, and to meet with and learn from the Hampstead Theatre teams.

What to submit:

Writers are required to submit an application form, play proposal, and writing sample. Information about the programme and the application form can be found here on their website.


Apply by downloading the application form below and returning it with any accompanying material to by midnight on Sunday 2 July.




Published on:
12 Jun 2017


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