The Bush Theatre is committed to championing exciting new voices in theatre. If you’re a playwright who is not currently represented by an agent, and you have a play to share with us, they would love to receive it during our submissions window!

They’re looking for playwrights that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion. We’re interested in voices and stories that reflect the diversity of contemporary society and plays that are provocative and entertaining.

All scripts that are received are considered by Bush Theatre readers, which is a team made up of professional playwrights, directors and other artists. The senior creative team, including the Literary Manager and Associate Director, oversee the submissions process.

Two of the Emerging Writers’ Group writers will be selected from this year’s unsolicited submissions, and for many more writers, submitting your script is the beginning of a relationship with the Bush. They have committed to meeting with at least 25 writers through meetings or phone calls, and at least 100 more will receive feedback via email.

They will always inform you of the final outcome. The large volume of submissions we receive means this process can take up to 8 months and they are unable to enter into conversation about plays that we do not wish to take further.

They do not accept

  • Redrafts of plays previously read by the Bush
  • Plays which have received a production
  • Screenplays
  • Adaptations or works in translation
  • Multiple submissions – they would advise you to look at our programming and send the play you feel would be best suited to the Bush.


23:59 on 21st January 2022.

Published on:
15 Dec 2021
Opportunity deadline:
21 Jan 2022


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