The Brian Way Award opens to submissions

Always wanted to write a play for young audiences? Well the time is now! Theatre Centre  have announced The Brian Way Award, their first open call out to UK playwrights for a flagship national tour.

The Theatre Centre are welcoming treatments from professional UK-based playwrights on the theme of ‘Treaty’. One winner will be selected for a full commission, consisting of a 16 month script writing and development process and culminating in a national tour of secondary schools and arts venues in 2019.  Named in memory of founder Brian Way, who established Theatre Centre in 1953, they hope to attract both new and established talent to consider writing theatre for young audiences.

What they’re looking for:

  • Inventive interpretations on the theme of ‘Treaty’
  • Local stories set against a global landscape
  • Plays that make meaning of the contemporary world and interrogate the future of our country
  • 60 minute plays with casts no bigger than 4 actors
  • Plays suitable for a secondary school audience (ages 13 – 18)
  • Plays that can be toured to both venues and educational settings

What they’re offering:

  • Script development support from Theatre Centre’s Artistic Director and a Dramaturg
  • Research & Development workshops
  • Access to young people to help develop a narrative that is relevant, timely and puts young people at the heart of the work
  • A full professional and paid commission resulting in a 10 week national tour to schools and venues in 2019


Midday on Friday 16th February 2018

What to submit:

  • An expression of interest exploring why your writing would excite and benefit the TYA sector (no more than 300 words)
  • A Writer’s CV
  • A Treatment on the theme of Treaty (no more than 2 pages long)
  • 10 pages of an existing script that best showcases your talent (does not need to be a play for young people)
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


To read the full information pack and to apply please go to





Published on:
4 Jan 2018


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