How to apply to the Discovery Programme

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

In collaboration with Oldham Coliseum Leeds Playhouse and Hampstead Theatre,

It will run from September 2021 to March 2022.

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)

Writers must be 18+

No previous writing experience is necessary. This opportunity is for writers who have never had a full length play professionally produced.

 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.
  • 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 Thursday 29 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

DISCOVERY Taster Workshops

We will be running taster workshops, where you’ll have a chance to meet the team and kickstart your playwriting journey!

Book here for OLDHAM Saturday 3rd July (2-4pm) with Emteaz Hussain and joined by Trina Haldar

Book for LONDON: Tuesday 13th July 2021 (7-9pm) with Atiha Sen Gupta

Email, with KALI TASTER in the subject line to book your place

Book for LEEDS: Saturday 17 July 2021 (2pm) with Aisha Khan and Helena Bell

Email to book your place

Don’t worry if you can’t attend a workshop, you can still apply to DISCOVERY.


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