Response Programme


We are currently seeking funding to re-launch our Just Write Response Programme. Below is some more information:

Who's it for? Emerging and early career actors aged 18 and over. We are especially interested to hear from people who identify as LGBTQ+, those who have experienced racism or who are from working class backgrounds.

Is it paid? Yes! Each actor will receive a fee of £600.

How does it work?

  • We are recruiting 7 emerging actors to perform in productions of new 15 minute plays, matching them with emerging directors from the North East region.

  • Each play will respond to one of the main productions in our programme (listed below) and will have been selected from submissions to our Response Writing competition. (Find out more about the competition here)

  • Actors will rehearse the play for a week, working with their director in our rehearsal space – they will receive the script at 9.30am on the first day of rehearsals.

  • Support will be provided by a mentor (Mark Calvert, Paula Penman or Ben Dickenson) to help the director and actors get the show ready for a professional off-book performance.

  • The play will be performed immediately after the main production for 3 nights (Tuesday to Thursday) during the last week of its run (dates below).


This opportunity is supported by Arts Council England.

How do I get involved?

To be considered for this opportunity we would like you to join a 2 hour workshop with our Just Write Response mentors and workshopping directors. Please email to express your interest, stating whether morning or afternoon is better for you on that date.


Please tell us why you’re interested in this opportunity, a little about your background, and include a short description of your experience to date – we’re not looking for you to have lots of credits, we just want to know a bit about you.

When is it?

This opportunity is currently seek further funding please email ben@alphabettitheatre to remain upto date with the process.