Bell launches original plays appeal at Stephen Joseph Theatre


The Stephen Joseph Theatre is on the lookout for new plays and is inviting script submissions from budding playwrights.

The theatre has revitalised its literary department following the appointment last year of associate director Henry Bell.

It has now reopened the script submissions window to find and stage more new work for next year.


Said Bell: “I’m really excited to see what writers will have to offer us this year.

“We’re keen to follow a similar pattern for 2015, this time opening up for pitches for a multi-authored project and hopefully another script which we can programme.

“So if you want to see more new work at the theatre, it is vital that you come and support the productions this summer.”

Having received 500 initial enquiries and accepting 97 plays to read last year, the SJT commissioned four writers – Kate Brower, Jimmy Osborne, Claudine Toutoungi and Isabel Wright – for Screenplay.

Directed by Henry Bell, it brings together four shorts celebrating the history of cinema in the SJT’s original Odeon building.

It plays in the McCarthy Theatre from August 1 to 30.

Another new play has also been commissioned from one of the writers for the SJT autumn programme.

“We are keen to see work from people who really want their work produced by us.

“This time I want to be more realistic about the sort of brand new play we can programme, for example, one that will require no more than five actors.

“Writers that have made efforts to consider the programming and audience that we have here at the Stephen Joseph Theatre will stand a much better chance of beginning a working relationship with us.”

Writers are asked to submit a 15 page extract from a play (for a cast of no more than five actors), a synopsis and a writing CV to Henry Bell via in Word or PDF format. The submissions window will close at 5pm on June 27.

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