Behind Closed Doors: Call Out For Writers (paid)

Lemon House Theatre is hosting Behind Closed Doors, an online event of rehearsed readings, later this autumn as part of Theatre Deli’s LiveFromDeli programme. This night will showcase work by writers of underrepresented genders, and we’re looking for short plays that explore themes of sex, bodies and intimacy. Underrepresented genders include cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalised.

This is an opportunity for writers to see their work staged through script-in-hand performances, with support of a dramaturg, and take part in the creative process.

We’re looking for pieces that ask how much important conversations around sex have opened up – are we actually more liberated? Or just finding new ways to take issues with our bodies? And how has the pandemic changed the way we date?

A lot of people also still aren’t being invited to take part in this conversation around sex and bodies, and this night will particularly look at how sex interacts with other areas of identity, including how sex and non-Western cultures co-exist, and how sex is discussed in non-heteronormative relationships. We’re looking for pieces that could explore anything from a funny one-night stand, to why we desexualise disabled bodies, or anything you’d like to say about sex and relationships.

The pieces will be filmed as rehearsed readings at Theatre Deli before being shared online to a digital audience. There will be a streamed launch night followed by a viewing period of three weeks where audiences will be able to watch the pieces.

What you’ll receive:

  • A £200 fee

  • 1:1 session with a dramaturg and written feedback on your script

  • A performance of your work and a video of the piece

  • Audience feedback.


Pieces should:

  • Involve 1-2 actors, but could be multi-rolled

  • Be complete scripts of 10-15 minutes in length, or extracts from longer pieces

  • Be written in English (but may contain other languages)

  • Not have received a professional production (a run of 3+ days)


How to apply:

Send your play along with a short bio about yourself, including why you’d like to be involved in the night, to Please also send a completed Equal Opportunities, which can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions about the application, please email us at the above address.

Please note that this call out is for writers of underrepresented genders (cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalised).

Deadline for applications: 5pm on 30th September

As we are a small team, feedback on scripts will only be given to those selected.

Deadline: 30 September 2021

Source: direct contact

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