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, Sharmila Chauhan 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  annual Tony Craze Award.


Writers who have completed the programme include:

Alissa Anne Jeun Yi, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Archie Maddocks, Ava Wong Davies, Charlie Josephine, Danusia Samal, Ella Road, Holly Robinson, Iman Qureshi, Ifeyinwa Frederick, James McDermott, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Kalungi Ssebandeke, Matilda Ibini, Milly Thomas, Phoebe Eclair-Powell, Ross Willis, Ryan Calais Cameron, Tabby Lamb, Tom Wright, Yasmin Joseph, Yolanda Mercy and many more.


Course structure Oct 2021-June 2022:

We meet participants once a month from October through to June, on a mixture of Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. This year we are aiming for the majority of the workshops to take place in person at Soho Theatre, but we may be using zoom as a back-up option if Covid-19 restrictions change.

Applicants must be available for the full programme including Saturday 16 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

Our online application for Writers’ Lab closed on Sunday 8th August 10pm and are due to re-open July 2022.

The fee for the course is £150, which covers the full 9 months, roughly 35-40 hours of workshops and three rounds of feedback. We have a limited amount of bursaries available to people on Universal Credit, other benefits, or a low income. We also have the following sponsored bursaries available for October 2021:

-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.


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.

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