Call out to north east playwrights of the future (Paid)

What is it?

Sunderland Culture’s Great Place Unify programme culminates in 2020 with the presentation of a community play that gathers Sunderland’s communities dreams for the future of the city.

As a first step in this project, Sunderland Culture wishes to commission a north east based playwright to work with local residents and community groups to write a new play based on their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future of the city.  The play will be performed by a community cast with the support of a professional production team in September 2020.

A fee of £6,110 will be payable to cover all preparatory research, including that conducted with local residents, and delivery of script.

How to apply?

Please email the following to

  • Your CV and any additional information highlighting your track record in writing for the
    stage, especially any experience in writing community plays or plays for large cast
  • A statement about your initial response to the theme suggested by the title “Pursuers of
    the Future”
  • Your ideas of how you would work with individuals and community groups in collecting
    stories, ideas, hopes and aspirations and how you may use those ideas
  • What ideas you may have for the community chorus
  • Examples of previous work written for the stage
  • Any press reviews, feedback, testimonials regarding previous plays

For more information follow the link and click on the PDF:

Deadline: 5pm 31st January 2020

Interviews: w/c 16th February 2020

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