Soho Theatre has played a unique and award-winning role in the development of new writing in Britain for more than 40 years. Applications for next Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab are now open.
The Writers’ Lab programme is an entry-level course designed to support new writers to create a play over 9 months. Workshops cover a wide range of topics and are led by Lakesha Arie-Angelo, Sharmila Chauhan and Jules Haworth with a number of guest artist masterclasses over the year. They take writers through a three-draft process with one-to-one feedback support, with an opportunity at the end of the process for writers to submit to the annual Tony Craze Award.
The fee for the course is £150, which covers the full 9 months, roughly 35-40 hours of workshops and three rounds of feedback. They have a limited amount of bursaries available to people on Universal Credit, other benefits, or a low income. We also have the following sponsored bursaries available for October 2021:
- Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini bursaries for people who identify as disabled
- Alistair Wilkinson bursaries for people from low socioeconomic backgrounds
Soho Theatre is an equal opportunities organisation, and is using positive action to make sure that the people they work with are representative of our diverse community. They actively welcome applicants who identify as LGBTQ+, disabled, people of the *Global Majority and people living in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
*people who identify as Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern or Latinx.
Course structure Oct 2022-June 2023:
Writers Lab runs once a month on Tuesday evenings with occasional Saturday workshops. The course involves 48 writers, who are placed into three groups of 16.
Oct- Saturday 22 Oct, daytime
Nov- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
Dec- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
Jan- Saturday date TBC
Feb- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
March- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
April- Saturday date TBC
May- Saturday date TBC
June- Saturday date TBC
They are aiming for the workshops to take place in person at Soho Theatre, but we may use zoom as a back-up option if Covid-19 restrictions change. Applicants must be available for the full programme.
closing on Mon 1 Aug, 5pm.