How to apply to the Discovery Programme

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Discovery is Kali’s free writing programme for aspiring playwrights in the East Midlands, West Midlands and London.

In collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre , Leicester Curve and London’s Pleasance Theatre

It will run from September 2018 to March 2019

Open to UK based women writers of South Asian descent* who are eligible to live and work in the UK

Writers must be able to get to one of our partner venues. (A small bursary is available to help with travel expenses)

No previous writing experience is necessary

 To apply, you need to email us

1. A script of approximately 10 pages

  • It must be for a cast of no more than 4 actors, drawn from a pool of 6 actors – 3 women and 3 men  (There can be more than 4 characters if it is possible for one actor to play more than one part)
  • For advice on laying out a script please see the Getting Started page in the Resources section on our website
  • Please include the play title and your name on the first page
  • Please include a list of the characters and a brief description of each one
  • It must be in Word doc or PDF format. Not Pages format
  • Ensure that the play’s title is in the file name
  • The play must be entirely your own work

2. In the email with the play please tell us

  • Your full name and address
  • What inspired you to choose the subject/situation in your play.
  • What previous experience if any you have of writing for theatre
  • Confirm that you are eligible to live and work in the UK

Email this to

Deadline for this is 5pm Tuesday 24 July

Our Reader Panel at each venue will read and select the four most promising plays.  We will let you know the outcome by mid-September.

*At least one parent must be descended from the diasporas of the Indian subcontinent

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