We’ve played a unique and award-winning role in the development of new writing in Britain for more than 40 years.

Our Writers’ Lab programme is designed to help participants create a new full length play or piece of theatre, over 9 months. We meet participants once a month from October through to June, on Tuesday evenings or Saturdays. Workshops cover a wide range of topics and are led by Chris White, Lakesha Arie-Angelou, Holly DeAngelis and Jules Haworth with a number of guest artists involved over the year. We take writers through a three draft process with one-to-one dramaturgy support and at the end of the process writers submit to our presitigious Tony Craze Award/Verity Bargate Award (biennial).

Writers who have completed the programme include: Yolanda Mercy, Milly Thomas, Kalungi Ssebandeke, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Ross Willis, Phoebe Éclair-Powell, Iman Qureshi, Archie Maddocks, Tom Wright, Matilda Ibini, Charlotte Josephine, Ella Road and many more.


Course structure Oct 2018-June 2019:
Applicants must be available for the full programme, including Saturday 27th October.
Oct- Saturday 27, 10am-5pm
Nov- Tuesdays 6.30-9.30pm
Dec- Tuesdays 6.30-9.30pm
Jan- Saturday TBC
Feb- Tuesdays 6.30-9.30pm
March- Tuesdays 6.30-9.30pm
April- Saturday TBC
May- Saturday TBC
June- Saturday TBC

Course cost is £150 full price, with bursaries available

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. All applicants who are new to us and identify as people of colour, as having a disability, or as being on the LGBT+ spectrum can request an informal phone call to talk through their application. If you are unable to speak to us over the phone due to access needs, we can also offer a meeting face-to-face. Please see the application below for more information.

We accept applications from all ages 16+ and have 48 places to offer on the programme. We welcome applicants from all over London and beyond and particularly encourage applications from people living in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The course is currently full for October 2018-July 2019; applications will re-open around July 2019.

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