Discovery Programme

writer looking a script in a workshop

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

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

Selected writers will receive:

  • 3 playwriting workshops led by leading female practitioners
  • Dramaturgical support to develop their 10-page submission into a 20-minute play
  • Rehearsal with actors and director
  • Two public performances of a staged reading as part of a gala showcase for industry, friends and family
  • A bursary towards travel expenses and childcare
  • Access to theatre events

DISCOVERY will run from September 2018 to March 2019

It is open to UK based women writers of South Asian descent* who are eligible to live and work in the UK, and who have not had a play presented as a full production.  No previous playwriting experience is necessary.

The 2018-19 programme has now closed for general applications

However, if you are interested in joining the programme and are based in the East Midlands then please email

The Discovery Programme is led by Kali’s Artistic Director Helena Bell

Discovery Birmingham Team
The REP Associate  Dan Bailey
The REP Associate Director Tessa Walker
Discovery Associate Director  Balisha Karra
Discovery Writer Alia Bano   

Discovery Leicester Team
Curve Associate Director   Suba Das
Discovery Associate Director  Trina Haldar 
Discovery Writer/Dramaturg Emteaz Hussain

Discovery London Team 
Pleasance Head of Theatre  Nic Connaughton 
Discovery Associate Director  Sita Thomas
Discovery Writer/Dramaturg Atiha Sen Gupta

Meet the Discovery Associate Directors and Writer/Mentors here

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


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