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Soho Theatre has played a unique and award-winning role in the development of new writing in Britain for more than 40 years.
‘This time last year I would NEVER have thought I’d have written a play. It’s amazing.’
Our Writers’ Lab programme is an entry-level course designed to support new writers to create a play over 9 months. Workshops cover a wide range of topics and are led by Lakesha Arie-Angelo, Chris White and Jules Haworth with a number of guest artist masterclasses over the year. We take writers through a three-draft process with one-to-one feedback support, with an opportunity at the end of the process for writers to submit to our two prestigious new writing awards: the annual Tony Craze Award and our biennial Verity Bargate Award.
Thinking about applying? Why not come along to one of our taster workshops or Q&A sessions, details here
Writers who have completed the programme include:
Amrou Al-Kadhi, Archie Maddocks, Charlotte Josephine, Danusia Samal, Ella Road, Holly Robinson, Iman Qureshi, James McDermott, Kalungi Ssebandeke, Matilda Ibini, Milly Thomas, Phoebe Eclair-Powell, Ross Willis, Ryan Calais Cameron, Tom Wright, Yasmin Joseph, Yolanda Mercy and many more.
Course structure Oct 2020-June 2021:
We meet participants once a month from October through to June, on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. This year the course will involve workshops in both our Soho Theatre building and online via Zoom.
Applicants must be available for the full programme including Saturday 24 October.
For more detail about the course structure, please see our FAQs here.
You can find out more about our leading team here.
Application and fees
Applications open w/c 27 July, the deadline is Sunday 9th August 9pm.
The fee for the course is £125, which covers the full 9 months, roughly 35-40 hours of workshops and feedback. We have a limited amount of bursaries available to people on Universal Credit, other benefits, or a low income. We also have 5 Matilda Ibini bursaries, for people who identify as disabled.
Please complete our online application form, by answering the questions in text or video links and attach 1-2 pages of writing extract.*
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 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.
Applications are now closed, we will respond to all applicants by Friday 18th September, 6pm.
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