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 or tablet. For the open questions, you can also submit your answer by video, by pasting your Youtube 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 education@sohotheatre.com

Here are the list of questions on the application, in case you’d like to see them in advance:

1-What is your name?

2-What email address can we contact you on?

3-What’s the best phone number to reach you on?

4-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+ or people of the Global Majority. For more information on our phone calls, please visit our FAQ web pages. Would you like to request a phone call? (multiple choice)

5-Which Lab(s) are you applying for? (multiple choice)

6-If you selected writers lab, please attach 1-2 pages of script sample here, as a Word or PDF doc.

7-What interests you about the course(s) you’re applying for? (300 words, for a text answer, or 3 minute Youtube video link)

8-Have you had any connection with Soho Theatre before? For instance, have you seen any of our shows, taken part in any other Labs or taster workshops, or applied to our labs before? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute Youtube video link)

9-Have you been involved in creative writing/theatre/comedy/cabaret before? For instance, through studying, performing, or as a hobby? (200 words, for a text answer, or 2 minute Youtube video link)

10-Do you require a bursary in order to take part in the Lab(s) you are applying to? (Yes/No)

11-If yes, please let us know which bursaries you are eligible for. (multiple choice)

12-If you are requesting a bursary, please let us know a little bit about your circumstances.

As we are a charity, the following questions are to do with equal opportunities data which our funders request.

13-Do you live in London? (Yes/No)

14-If you live in London please let us know which borough you live in. (multiple choice)

15-If you don’t live in London, please let us know which town or City you live in.

16-How do you describe your gender? (multiple choice)

17-How do you describe your sexual orientation? (multiple choice)

18-What will your age be on 1 Oct 2021?

19-Please describe your ethnic origin. (multiple choice)

20-What was the occupation of the main/highest income earner in your household when you were 14? (multiple choice)

21-Do you consider yourself to be disabled?

22-If yes- please let us know how you describe yourself. (multiple choice)

Thank you, you should receive a confirmation email once you have submitted, we aim to respond to all applicants by Fri 17 September, 6pm.

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 aim for the majority of the course to take place in person at Soho Theatre, Dean Street. We are very happy to receive applications from outside of London, for people who are happy to travel to Dean Street for workshops on Tuesday evenings and Saturday daytimes. 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, people of the *Global Majority and people living in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

*people who identify as Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern or Latinx.

What does the course structure look like?

We meet participants once a month from October through to June, on a mixture of Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

Oct- Saturday 16th, 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

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 people from our script reading freelance pool. Writers receive three pieces of script feedback, which are designed to be face-to-face sessions. Following the third and final draft, writers have the opportunity to submit the script to the Tony Craze Award.

The process usually looks like this:

January: scene submission

March: first draft submission

May: second draft submission

July: final draft submission to be read for Tony Craze 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 (£150). 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. You can also apply for the following bursaries, if you are eligible:

-Matilda Ibini bursaries for people who identify as disabled

-Ifeyinwa Frederick bursary for someone who identifies as Black* (someone that is African and/or Caribbean descent and their parents are African and/or Caribbean) and who is on a low income

-Ifeyinwa Frederick bursary for someone who identifies as Black* (someone that is African and/or Caribbean descent and their parents are African and/or Caribbean) and based outside of London, who needs support with travel costs.

How do I send a YouTube Link?

So, in the application form, we’ve indicated the three questions that help us learn a bit about you. You’re welcome to type these out but also, answer via video. If you’d like to go for the video option, simply film yourself answering the questions, stopping between each one. The idea is you have a separate video for each answer. Then upload this onto YouTube (there’s a ‘create’ or + button for web or the app, followed by an ‘upload video’ option. Be sure to set your privacy settings so only those with a link can watch the video and then copy and paste the link as your answer.

How many applications do you usually receive?

In previous years we have received 500-900 applications for writers’ lab, for 48 places.

Can I have some feedback on my application?

As we are currently a small team, managing a large volume of submissions, 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 Typeform website to let you know it has been received. You should receive this email on the same day you submit 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 17 September, 6pm. We will be in touch with all applicants, whether or not we are able to offer a place on the programme.

I have a question which isn’t covered here, what should I do?

We will be hosting taster workshops on zoom and an open Q&A session through Instagram live, as mentioned below, please do join us if you’d like to take part or ask a question and hear more about Writers’ Lab.

Taster workshops & Instagram Live:

Playwriting taster open to all, on zoom

Tue 27 July 4-6pm

Led by Lakesha Arie-Angelo



Playwriting taster for people who identify as LGBTQ+, on zoom

Thu 29 July 6.30-8.30pm

Led by Jules Haworth



Playwriting taster for people of the *Global Majority, on zoom

Tue 3 Aug, 6.30-8.30pm

Led by Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Sharmila Chauhan

This workshop is designed for people who identify as Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern or Latinx.



Instagram Live

Wed 4 Aug, 1-2pm

Hosted by Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Jules Haworth


Playwriting taster for people who identify as disabled, on zoom

Wed 4 Aug, 3-5pm

Led by Jules Haworth

To sign up, please email education@sohotheatre.com and let us know if you have any access needs. This workshop will be limited to 15 people and have zoom integrated captioning available.


Playwriting taster for people who live, work or study in Waltham Forest

Sun 8 Aug, 2-3pm

Led by Jules Haworth

Workshop is in person at Fellowship Square in Walthamstow


You can also email education@sohotheatre.com

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