Festival Programme

Actors reading from scripts in a circle
director directing actors

A biennial themed Festival of staged readings offering experienced playwrights a 6-month script development programme.

This programme is open to women writers of South Asian descent who have had at least one play professionally produced.

In a biennial open call out for scripts, writers will be invited to submit an initial draft of a play that is at least 50 minutes long relating to the theme of the Festival.

A reader’s panel consisting of professional directors and dramaturgs will select six of the plays for the Festival script development programme.

Selected writers will receive:

  • A seed corn commissioning fee
  • One-to-one dramaturgy to help develop the work to a full-length play
  • A workshop with director and actors
  • Presentation at a high profile, two week public festival of staged readings and talks.
  • Directors, producers and literary managers actively invited.

The current Festival programme culminates in our WAR PLAYS season – London, May 2018

The next programme will begin in Spring 2019 with a script call out on the theme of HOME. 



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