Tips for Theatre Types

A useful resource for any budding and more experienced playwrights to help get your work developed and seen. Please bookmark this page as we continue to add and grow to it. This list was produced by WOL collaborator, writer and dramaturg Uschi Gatward.

New writing theatres/companies that accept unsolicited scripts

Open competitions

  • Bruntwood – they lots of great playwriting resources on its site
  • Theatre503
  • Verity Bargate (run by Soho Theatre, usually in summer.  Keep an eye on the website)

Formatting conventions

These aren’t set in stone, but the BBC Writersroom handout is a good, simple guide.

If you have cash to splash, FinalDraft software is very good.


Arts Council England offers grants for individual playwrights through its Grants for the arts programme.