Below we’ve covered most questions and queries people have during the Writers’ Lab application process. Please have a read and if you don’t see your question answered here, then get in touch at


Is there an opportunity to meet the workshop leaders before applying?

We will be hosting two open Q&A sessions through Instagram live, as mentioned below, please do join us if you’d like to ask a question and hear more about Writers’ Lab.


Writers’ Lab Instagram live Q&A sessions via @sohotheatre:

Tue 28 July, 7-7.45pm

Hosted by course leaders Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Jules Haworth

Thu 6 Aug, 7-7.45pm

Hosted by course leaders Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Jules Haworth


I am having trouble with the application form.

The application form works best from a computer, but you can also complete it on a smartphone. For the open questions, you can also submit your answer by video, by pasting the online video link in the answer box. Please attach the 1-2 page writing extract in either a Word or PDF format.

For other support regarding the application form, please email


Who should apply to Writers’ Lab?
This is an entry-level programme, designed for people who want support to write their first full length play. Maybe you’re sitting on a story you’ve always wanted to share. Maybe you have a passion for creative writing and want to make something for the stage. Maybe you’re not seeing yourself represented in the theatre you’re reading/seeing.

The course is designed for ages 18+ (no upper-age limit) and we welcome applications from anyone living in the UK. We’re not looking for any particular ‘experience’, just a passion for writing for live performance and open-ness to collaborate with other people on the programme.

If you have written multiple plays, have had a full production staged, or have received playwriting commissions, this course is probably not the right match for you. Equally, if you will be in full time education over the course period, we recommend you apply once you have completed your formal education.

Soho Theatre is an equal opportunities organisation, and is using positive action to make sure that the people we work with are representative of our diverse community.

We actively welcome applicants who identify as LGBTQ+, disabled, Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx and people living in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.


What does the course structure look like?

Oct- Saturday 24th, daytime
Nov- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
Dec- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
Jan- Saturday date TBC
Feb- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
March- Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm
April- Saturday date TBC
May- Saturday date TBC
June- Saturday date TBC

We anticipate around half of the programme will take in person at Soho Theatre and around half of the workshops will take place online, via Zoom.

The course involves 48 writers, who are placed into 3 classes of 16. In the months meeting on a Saturday, the workshops involve all 48 writers. In the months meeting on a Tuesday, workshops are classes of 16 which take place over the first 3 Tuesdays of the month.

Writers are placed into either:
Writers’ Lab 1- meeting the first Tuesdays of the month
Writers’ Lab 2- meeting the second Tuesdays of the month
Writers’ Lab 3- meeting the third Tuesdays of the month

Reading and writing homework is set at the end of each workshop and the course is designed for writers to connect with each other outside of the workshops, to get the most out of the programme. We have designed the course to be around 35-40 learning hours, including script feedback sessions.

Will I submit work and receive script feedback through the Writers’ Lab?
Yes! We pair up writers for a 1-2-1 feedback process with the course leaders and other script readers from the Soho Theatre staff team. Writers receive three pieces of script feedback, one via email and two face-to-face feedback sessions. Following your third and final draft, you have the opportunity to submit to the Tony Craze Award and Verity Bargate Award.

The process usually looks like this:
January: scene submission- email feedback
March: first draft submission- face to face feedback
May: second draft submission- face to face feedback
July: final draft submission to be read for Tony Craze Award/Verity Bargate Award

Should I request a phone call on my application?
We offer phone calls to applicants who are from underrepresented communities. If you find applications challenging to complete, if you would like to have a chat about accessibility, or if you would feel more comfortable talking to someone about the application you are submitting, feel free to select this on the application form.

Phone calls will take place once the application deadline has passed. We are working limited part-time hours Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and will make the phone calls within these hours.

What are bursaires?
We receive a limited amount of funding to enable people to participate in the programme, if they are unable to pay the full course fee. The bursaries can cover the full cost, or half of the cost of the programme, depending on the circumstances of the person.

If you are unemployed, receiving Universal Credit or other benefits, receive a low income or would like to request a bursary for another reason, please complete the bursary section on the application form. We also have 5 Matilda Ibini bursaries, for people who identify as disabled. As these have been recently confirmed, we will contact applicants with more information about these bursaries, once the applications have closed.

How many applications do you usually receive?
In previous years we have received 500-700 applications for writers’ lab, for 48 places.

Can I have some feedback on my application?
As we are currently a small team, working part-time, unfortunately we are not able to offer feedback on applications.

How will I know you have received my application?
Once you have submitted an application through our digital Typeform, which is an online form, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from the website to let you know we have received it. You should receive this email on the same day you submitted the application. Sometime these emails may end up in junk/spam folders, particularly for Hotmail accounts.

Once I have submitted my application, when will I hear from you?
We aim to respond to all applicants by Fri 18 September, 6pm. We will be in touch with all applicants, whether or not we are able to offer them a place on the programme.

What kind of extract do I need to submit?
Anything you have which shows us what your style is, and gives us an idea of what you’re about, is perfect. This can be any kind of script, monologue, poetry etc.


Can I see the application questions in advance?

Yes, here they are below:


1.What’s your first name?

2. Hey _____, nice to meet you. What’s your last name?

3. What will be your age on 1st October 2020?

4. What’s your home postcode?

5. Which email shall we use to contact you? Please double check this as we’ll be sending your confirmation email to this address.

6. And what’s the best phone number to reach you on?

7. If you live in London, please let us know which of the following boroughs you live in. If you don’t live in London please select ‘This doesn’t apply to me.’

8. If you selected ‘other’, which city/county do you live in?

9. Soho Theatre is an equal opportunities organisation, and is using positive action to make sure that the people we work with are representative of our diverse community. Applicants who identify as being part of a underrepresented community can request an informal phone call to talk through their submitted application. People from underrepresented communities may include people who identify as disabled, LGBTQ+, Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx and others.

10. If you selected Yes for question 9 above, please let us know if you would like to request a phone call to chat to one of our team once you have submitted your application. Please see the FAQs on our website if you’d like more information about our phone calls.

11. If you are in full time education (from Sept 2020) let us know which school, college or university you attend.

12. Are you working on an Arts Award over the course period?

13. How did you hear about Writers’ Lab?

14. We have a limited number of bursaries available to participants receiving Job Seeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit or other welfare benefits. Please let us know if you receive one of the following:

15. If you would like to request a bursary for another reason, please give a brief summary of your circumstances.

16. What interests you about the Writers’ Lab course? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute Youtube video link)

17. Tell us about why you want to write and share stories? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute Youtube video link)

18. Have you taken part in any Soho Labs or Soho Young Company programmes before, or any other tasters or workshops led by the Soho Theatre team? (100 words, for a text answer, or 1 minute Youtube video link)

19. Have you studied writing or theatre before? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute Youtube video link)

20. Have you written or been involved in making theatre before? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute Youtube video link)

21. Please attach 1-2 pages of your script writing here (dialogue or monologue). Please attach a Word or PDF document.


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