Punjab to the Potteries: Call Out for South Asian Writers, Appetite

Appetite and New Vic Theatre are looking for South Asian writers or writers with a significant relationship to Punjab to undertake research and develop up to 30-minute short new plays that explore the journeys of those who have migrated from the Punjab area to the Potteries, or more broadly on the experiences of South Asian communities in the North Staffordshire region.

Read the call out in full via Microsoft Word or via PDF.

Please note: Commission fee is below £10,000

The Brief

What we are looking for:

  • Writers of South Asian heritage or with significant and demonstrable ties to the Punjabi community. You do not need to be based in the local area or region
  • Significant professional experience of writing for performance for stage, audio, or other contexts
  • Experience of undertaking research including interviews would be desirable
  • Experience of working with communities and an understanding of how to work responsibly with personal testimony and stories
  • We are keen to hear from professional writers


  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Thursday 10 November, Midday
  • Successful applicants invited to interview: November
  • Research period with on-site engagement with the community of interest: December, January, February
  • Research and preliminary ideas shared with team: February 2023
  • Script developed: end of Feb – end of April
  • Play reading event: anticipated to be May – and to be designed together

Details & Fee:

Commission Fee: £4000 + expenses up-to £1000 (Inclusive of community engagement research on site up to 10 days)

The play reading event will have an additional budget for the event.

We hope to commission two writers.

How to submit an Expression of Interest:

Please submit a written CV or, if preferable for accessibility requirements a recorded CV, and a statement of maximum 500 words, outlining why this opportunity appeals to you and how you would approach the research and writing process to askus@appetite.org.uk

We encourage d/DEAF, disabled and neurodivergent people and those from other intersectional diverse backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate based on disability.

Deadline: 10 November 2022

Source: Arts Jobs

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