How to apply to the Discovery Programme

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

In collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre Leicester Curve and Theatre 503,

It will run from September 23 – March 24.

Open to UK based women and nb 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 Monday 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

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 for LONDON Sat 1st July 2023 (11-1pm) with dramaturg Atiha Sen Gupta & Helena Bell

Book for BIRMINGHAM Weds 21st June (6 – 7.30pm) with dramaturg Aisha Khan, Co-Director Beth Kapila & Helena Bell

Book for LEICESTER Sat 24th June (2-4pm) with dramaturg Aisha Khan, Co-Director Trina Haldar & Helena Bell.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend a workshop, you can still apply!


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