Proud Haddock Productions-Getting Your Play Commissioned

Workshop: Playwriting
Duration: 90 mins
Location: ONLINE

If you are a playwright and you would like to know how to get your play successfully commissioned by a theatre, then join our intimate workshop with dramaturg Suzanne Bell.

In this 90 minute workshop you will learn all the do’s and don’ts on how best to get your play accepted. You will receive valuable advice, have the opportunity to engage with Suzanne by asking any questions you have, analyse materials and examples and above all, learn how to make the words on the page become a reality.

Please note: this session is being hosted and run by Proud Haddock Productions- with Suzanne as an invited speaker- and is not managed by the Royal Exchange Theatre 


Suzanne Bell has over 20 years professional experience working as a Dramaturg in new writing in theatres across the UK. She has also worked in development for a range of TV and film companies including Channel 4, Lime Pictures, United, Granada, BBC, BFI and Creative England. She is currently the Dramaturg at the Royal Exchange Theatre where she has worked on a number of award-winning productions of new work including plays by Simon Stephens, Winsome Pinnock, Rona Munro, Hattie Naylor, Kendall Feaver, Rory Mullarkey, Alistair McDowall, Insook Chappell and Anna Jordan. She is currently working on projects with Stef Smith, Zodwa Nyoni, Chino Odimba and Testament. In 2019, she was awarded the Kenneth Tynan Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy. In 2020, she was awarded the Olwen Wymark Award for Encouragement in Theatre, awarded by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, nominated by Winsome Pinnock. She was recently dramaturg on ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS by Winsome Pinnock, winner of the Eclipse Playwriting Award, which was produced at the National Theatre. She has led writer development programmes and workshops at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Live Theatre, Gate Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre West, various universities and for companies in Brazil, Turkey, Canada and the USA. Suzanne was the first Literary Manager and Dramaturg to be appointed at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, where she worked with a number of playwrights including Jonathan Harvey, Chloe Moss, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Esther Wilson and Lizzie Nunnery. She was Dramaturg on the award-winning production of UNPROTECTED, winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. A recent project was the B!RTH Festival – a global festival of theatre and debate exploring global health inequality through the lens of childbirth, featuring seven new plays by award-winning female playwrights from Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Syria, UK and USA. In her role at the Royal Exchange Theatre, she oversees the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Britain’s biggest national playwriting competition. As a Dramaturg, she has worked on new plays that have gone on to win the UK Theatre Award, Alfred Fagon Award, Stage Debut Award, OFFIEs, Meyer Whitworth Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist, James Black Tait Award and Nick Enright Playwriting Prize.


Getting Your Play Commissioned – The Practical Realities Explained – Workshop with Royal Exchange Theatre Dramaturg Suzanne Bell. Tue 20 Sept 2022, 6pm-7.30pm BST — Proud Haddock Workshops

Published on:
7 Sep 2022


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