University of Worcester Playwright Commission 2018-2019

The University of Worcester (UW) Theatre and Film Department, is looking for an inspiring playwright or playwrights to collaborate with their  MTheatre students on the creation of two new plays to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2019.

The University of Worcester’s unique 4 year Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre (MTheatre Touring Theatre) aims to give students the skills and experience they need to establish themselves as independent makers of touring theatre.


The Project

In 2019, the MTheatre students will be heading to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform two new plays. These plays will be approximately 45 minutes in length and will run in repetition for the duration of the Festival. This production forms a core part of their third and fourth year studies and the university are looking for experienced playwrights to collaborate with the students on the creation of those plays. Further information on the requirements are available through the portal link below.

The maximum budget available for each LOT (commission) is £3,000. This is inclusive of all drafting, workshop and rehearsal attendance plus any associated accommodation costs. However, travel expenses will be paid for visits to the University agreed within the Production Schedule (see the Terms & Conditions), at the standard University rate.


Entry guidelines 

The University of Worcester are looking for emerging playwrights who have had at least one full-length play professionally produced. They are particularly interested in writers who may have similar experience of creating work in a university or drama school context, through collaborative processes. Writers may to apply for either or both of these opportunities, if you have a preference please indicate this in your application


21st May 2019, 10am 


The University of Worcester uses an e-tendering system and tenderers should respond to the brief and submit their proposal in English using the University’s In-Tend portal:

Contact Details

If you experience any technical difficulties please contact the Purchasing team on 01905 542896 or on

For questions about the creative aspects of the commission, please email Jane George .

Event dates:
9 Mar 2018 -
3 May 2018


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