VAULT New Writers Programme returns for 2021

The VAULT New Writers Programme offers a total introduction to writing for stage. This 8 week practical course starts right at the beginning, guiding you through the basics of playwriting in an accessible and inclusive way. The course starts on Saturday 22nd May and culminates in a professionally produced showcase performance on Sunday 11th July.

Who’s It For?

Prospective writers over the age of 18, who have an interest in writing for the stage but who have never had a full-length play staged before or received any professional training in writing for the stage.

Absolute beginners are strongly encouraged to apply and we are particularly keen to hear from people whose backgrounds make it challenging for them to break into the creative industries.

What Does It Involve?

Six selected participants will receive mentoring and support to draft a 60 minute piece for the stage. The programme is made up of weekly 3-hour sessions, which take place every Saturday afternoon, 2pm-5pm. Workshops involve practical instruction, group discussion, and guest speakers. Participants will also be encouraged to attend group trips to see shows, including streamed performances and if possible, live theatre.

A 10 minute extract of the piece developed as part of the New Writers Programme will be performed at a showcase evening on Sunday 11th July to an audience made up of invited industry and the public. The pieces will be produced by VAULT Festival, performed by professional actors, and directed by participants on the New Directors Programme that runs alongside the New Writers Programme.

The VAULT New Writers Programme offers a total introduction to writing for stage and is therefore not a programme for people who have previously had a full length play staged before or have taken part in writing courses.

Who’s Behind It?

The VAULT New Writers Programme is led by award winning writer and Executive Director of the Thelmas, Guleraana Mir. The programme is being supported by WarnerMedia, the leading media and entertainment company which is committed to increasing access to and driving participation in the creative industries. The New Writers Programme is also proudly supported by leading theatre publishers and performing rights agents, Nick Hern Books.

How to Apply

Applications for the VAULT New Writers Programme will open on Thursday 25th March. Stay tuned to our social media channels for the latest updates.

To apply for the VAULT Festival New Writers Programme you must:

• Be over the age of 18
• Have never had a full-length play staged before
• Have not received any professional training in writing for the stage
• Submit 5 pages of writing for the stage. Your writing submission can take any form, so long as it is intended to be performed on stage

To find out more and submit your application, click HERE.

The deadline for applications is 8pm, Wednesday 14th April.

If you have any questions about the programme, you can view our Opportunities FAQs here. Or you can contact us at

Deadline:  8pm, 14th April 2021.

Source: VAULT Festival

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