The Old Vic 12- looking for 3 emerging playwrights

The Old Vic 12 is an extraordinary opportunity for 12 developing artists looking to make the next step in their careers. The scheme will offer them opportunities to expand networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

The Old Vic are looking for three playwrights, three directors, three producers and three exciting collaborators. Applicants should be looking to make a change in their work and feel that they would benefit from a structured year and attachment to a building.

Playwright applicants should have had at least one play produced or a number of readings, workshops and development opportunities and feel ready to complete a commission.

From October 2017 till August 2018, the playwrights will be under commission with The Old Vic, with a workshop presentation at the end of the scheme.

The Old Vic will be hosting a series of free workshops for potential applicants in a range of venues around the UK. These networking sessions will provide an opportunity to hear more about the programme, meet members of The Old Vic team, the team at Hiive and members of the current Old Vic 12.

London, The Old Vic – Tuesday 15 August, 2-4pm
London, The Old Vic Workrooms – Tuesday 15 August, 7-9pm
Edinburgh, Assembly Checkpoint, Saturday 19 August, 4.15-5.30pm
Midlands, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Friday 25 August, 2-4pm

For more information on benefits and support please go to the Old Vics Hiive site here


Deadline: 30th August 2017


How to apply

Register as a Hiive member in the top right corner or the linked site it’s free to join and only takes a few minutes to sign up.

Once you’re signed up you’ll see a red box in the top right corner, hit ‘Apply’ and fill out the form.

You can download a practice application and view the previous longlisted and shortlisted applicants at the  Old Vic 12 Swarm.




Published on:
11 Aug 2017


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