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Write Now Festival at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 27th Oct 2015 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin

Submissions are now open for the annual new writing festival at the Jack Studio Theatre

Deadline for submissions: Friday 29th January 2016

WRITE NOW 7 Festival: May 2016

The Jack Studio Theatre is proud to announce WRITE NOW 7, its annual new writing festival that will open in May 2016, and run for four weeks. Under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister, the WRITE NOW festival is an essential part of the Jack Studio Theatre’s yearly programme, and which each year looks to find and produce the most exciting, diverse and significant work of emerging writers who have a connection to south east London. From the submissions of plays to a specific brief, in 2016 one play will be chosen for the month-long festival. It will appear alongside writing workshops, audience discussions, and the performance of seven new short plays.

For Write Now 7:

• One winning play is given a full-production for three weeks

• The playwright will be given the opportunity to fully explore and develop the play before rehearsals, with mentoring support from the director and Write Now dramaturg. The winning playwright also receives financial support to attend rehearsals and career development advice.

Past winners of the festival have gone on to have work developed and produced by the BBC writersroom, High Tide, and The Liverpool Everyman. The WRITE NOW festival is also about celebrating the local area of south east London, and the theatre’s connection and engagement with its audience. The festival is a wonderful celebration of this culturally diverse and dynamic area of London, with writers exploring themes and subject matter which resonates with the local audience and beyond. The WRITE NOW FESTIVAL reading panel is led by Jack Artistic Director Kate Bannister and Literary Manager David Bottomley, and consists of the Jack’s associated artists and industry professionals. The final selection panel will be announced shortly.


We are now accepting submissions of scripts. The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 29 January 2016.

Full guidelines and a 2016 application form are available on the Write Now page on our website:

Scripts are submitted via email to:



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