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Want to write comedy sketches for online platforms that will get you noticed? Want to have fun experimenting with comedy sketches? Want to get your work read by actors? Then this workshop is for you!


Alphabetti Theatre and the North East Comedy Hot House have joined forces to develop and introduce the wealth of creative talent that the North East has to producers and national commissioners.


And what is this mighty vehicle? The 40 Kola Comedy Rola, a North East-based sketch competition at Alphabetti Theatre I March 2020.


This workshop will help you be slightly more prepared, giving you a sense of what we’re looking for. North East Comedy Hot House will share some top tips from broadcast commissioners on what works for social media.


If you’re a writer over the age of 18, come to the workshop and get applying!  

Where: Saturday 15th February 2020

Begins: 11:00am

Tickets: Free booking essential

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours



The winning sketch will get professionally filmed and produced and released online, via the Alphabetti  & North East Comedy Hot House social media pages. 

All shortlisted writers will receive 1 free ticket to all performances plus a free bottle of 40 Kola each night.

All writers that submit will have the work read by Alphabetti Theatre and North East Comedy Hot House.

The writer / writers of the winning sketch will receive a heavy weight north east sketch winner belt

The writer / writers of the winning sketch will have it read by Emma Lawson and other commissioner of national online content.


Ali Pritchard Artistic / Executive Director of Alphabetti Theatre, Paula Penman Associate Artist of Alphabetti Theatre and members from North East Comedy Hot House will read all applications and selecting between 20 and 30 sketches.

Feedback for unsuccessful writers will not be possible. - These sketches will then be split and allocated a heat performance date (either 6th March 2020 at 21:30 or 13th March 2020 at 21:30).

They will be rehearsed and performed by a troupe of actors who are associate artists of Alphabetti Theatre.

The heats – each sketch will be performed once and the order of which they are performed will be decided by the audience on the night.

Each sketch will be paired against a partner sketch and the audience will vote for their favourite sketch to go through to the final on Saturday 21st March 19:30.

On the final performance one sketch will be crowned the ultimate winner!


Deadline : 5pm Thursday 27th February 2020

Email address : alphabettisketch@outlook.com


Each individual sketch must be set in one location, contain no more than 3 characters and last for no longer than 3 minutes. (three sides of A4 written in size 12)

One writer can submit a maximum of 3 sketches (if a person emails more than 3 then none of their work will be considered) - Writing duos / groups are accepted however individual members may not then submit separately.

All submissions must be emailed - any other form of submissions will not be accepted

All writers must be aged 18 years or older by 27th February 2020

All writers must be based in the North East of England

All sketches must have a title and have page numbers.  

For further details click here 

JUST WRITE - opportunities for new theatre writers


Just Write is an exciting way for theatre writers in North East England to grow their skills, create quality theatre, and see their work produced on stage.

Starting in January 2019 and supported by an initial 12 month grant from Arts Council England, our programmes will help writers take important early steps in their careers. We’re going to be running short courses, workshops to develop one-act plays, a mentoring scheme with experienced writing professionals, and informal gatherings. There will be opportunities that are constantly changing so please stay in touch.

Just Write is led by Ben Dickenson, Associate Literary Producer at Alphabetti Theatre and Executive Producer of City of Dreams.

North East Writers Network


A writer’s community, based at Alphabetti Theatre. We know writing can be a lonely art form. Sometimes you need other people to bounce ideas off, or advice and guidance about those vital steps in your career.

​The Writer’s Community will be a space to talk to other writers, to give and receive support, and make valuable new contacts.

We will open up Alphabetti’s bar once a month for you to meet, talk, write, create, get advice and come up with brilliant ideas. Our walls are peppered with play texts that you can use read in house - we may also give you free show tickets.

The Writers Community is available to all and anyone. The only requirement is that participants have ambition to see their work produced professionally.​

When: The last Wednesday of every month, 6pm-7.30pm (excluding Jan & August) 

Where: Alphabetti Theatre, bar

Who: All welcome, just turn up

Cost: £2 suggested donation to cover costs