Sketching at Wilton’s Music Hall- Call for stories

Sketching will be a a multi-authored modern take on Charles Dickens’ chronicle of London life ‘Sketches By Boz’. Led by the playwright James Graham, they are now crowd-sourcing ideas and stories from writers for an autumn production at Wilton’s Music Hall- a beautiful, Victorian theatre in East London purpose built to create popular entertainment for the masses.

They’re looking for writers to contribute strands, to help them to work together to interweave them, and collaborate on generating more, together.

If successful you’ll be paid a commission of £1000 for your story, and then expenses to attend a masterclass week with professional artists and writers.


Who they are looking for:

Writers who have never received a professional production of their solo play (self produced shows, shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, shorts, sketches, and writers nights don’t disqualify you)

They are deliberately, though not exclusively, seeking out stories and voices from underrepresented communities and people. This might include racially, regionally, socio-economically under-represented writers..

You don’t have to have read or seen any Charles Dickens.

Your whole (initial) strand probably can’t be more than 20 minutes of total stage time (not necessarily in one go – across scenes). Can be less.

Sketching has a cast of only five. But they can of course play more than one part.



Deadline for proposal submissions: Monday 4th June

Writers informed by: Monday 18th June

Week to keep free: 2nd July – 8th July (likely only 3-4 days during this period, tbc, for workshops and development. Full attendance required, expenses paid)

Rehearsals: 27th August – 25th September (full time attendance not required, just FYI)

Performance dates: 26th September – 27th October


For more information on what Wilton’s Music Hall are looking for, and to apply please go to


Published on:
21 May 2018


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