Liverpool Playwrights’ Programme OPEN!

Each year, up to eight writers are invited to join the Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman completely free Playwrights’ Programme and work closely with their New Works team to hone their playwriting skills and knowledge.

The programme invites writers to explore the fundamentals of playwriting through a series of fortnightly workshops led by the New Works team, visiting writers, directors and other practitioners. The group receives a reading list, with access to our extensive script library and free tickets to all  in-house productions. There are also supported opportunities to share work in table reads and Scratch Studio. Workshops will be based around discussions and writing exercises with writers expected to share ongoing work with the rest of the group.

The group sessions will run in two terms: The term runs from 22 Oct to 17 Dec 2020 and Jan to May 2021.

The programme meet fortnight on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8.30pm in the Writers’ Room at the Everyman.

During the second term writers work on the first draft of a new full-length play, coming back together to share and workshop what they have written in May. Finally, they will work again individually, with dramaturgical support from New Works, on redrafting their play over the summer before a final one-to-one session.


  • Applicants must be aged 18+ and have some experience of writing for the stage (not necessarily a full production).
  • Talent, commitment and passion are more important than experience.
  • They’re looking for innovative, original and exciting new voices from the Liverpool region: writers who are committed to playwriting and making theatre which will delight, engage and challenge audiences.
  • All submissions must be original scripts written for the stage: they cannot accept radio, TV or film scripts.
  • As submissions are separated from your email and read anonymously, please make sure that your name is not included on any pages of your submission.
  • Submissions must be no longer than 10 pages. They cannot accept full-length scripts.

Deadline for Submissions: Mon 5th Oct 2020

Published on:
4 Sep 2020


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