December 30th deadline for Blackshaw Theatre showcase at The Hen and Chickens

Blackshaw Theatre is hosting New Writing Nights at The Hen & Chicken Theatre in Highbury & Islington. It is an opportunity for writers to showcase what they’re working on, get constructive feedback from the audience and possibly see your work in full production.

How it works:  Submit a 10-15 minute section of your play, ready to be performed as a work in progress at a special New Writing Night (at the Hen and Chickens Theatre) on 30 January 2017.

The shortlisted pieces will be assigned actors and a director (unless you want to provide your own), who you will work with in the lead up to the New Writing Night.

Pieces will receive feedback from the audience (audio and anonymous written feedback straight after each piece is performed). Following this, one piece will be selected to be taken forward to full production.

Blackshaw says: “For the writer awarded the showcase, Blackshaw will be there every step of the way to give you feedback, put you in touch with other writers, and bring your script to the stage. You’ll have the opportunity to get feedback on sections of your draft, at our regular New Writing Nights (May, July, September, November 2017).

We’re looking for a writer with a play that still needs some work, to be staged as winner of Blackshaw’s Showcase Award. We want to support you through the development process of your play, help you to get the script performance ready, and then produce it as a one-off premiere performance in March 2018.”

What to submit: Your submission should be an extract from a new play (or new play in progress), never performed before. It should require a max. of 4 actors, and run at no more than 15 mins.

How to apply:  Please send a completed submission form (downloadable below), including a contact number and email and copy of your piece to

Download Showcase Submission Form

Deadline: 30 December 2016

Source:  Blackshaw Online

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