LISTEN UP - writing commission

We are offering 9 micro-commissions (£100) to write a short audio play

that will last no longer than 10minutes with a maximum cast of 2 actors.

Applications Open: Friday 12th June 2020 - Midday

Application Closes: Sunday 12th July 2020 – Midnight

Shortlisted writers announced: Friday 14th August

Winners announced: Tuesday 22nd September


Alphabetti Theatre is committed to improving the diversity of writers in the North East of England. To help achieve this aim we are offering 9 micro-commissions (£100) to writers to create a short audio play that will last no longer than 10 minutes with a maximum cast of 2 actors. 

These plays will be produced and released online via Alphabetti's online platforms. Alphabetti are wanting to use this as an opportunity to develop relationships with artists and a start to improve the representation of the diverse voices in the north east.


We are specifically looking for writers who are in one or more of the following categories:

1. Identify as a woman

2. Identify as LGBTQ+

3. Identify as a member of a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic group

4. Identify as living with a disability

Due to the aims of this project, these commissions are only open to those who identify as one of the above (exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1).   You can be an experienced or emerging writer and there is no age limit.  

We were inundated with fantastic applications – thank you to everyone who applied. We are extremely happy to announce our following 20 shortlisted writers:


David Oliver

Rachel Makinson

Hannah Sowerby

Jaz Craddock-Jones

Adam Turnbull

Quinn Clark

Ellie Taylor

Alex Clarke

James Piercy

Rachael Walsh

Nicole Joseph

Richard Boggie

Lucie Brownlee

Kerris Gibson

Elijah Young

Assad Zaman

Hummy Mazhar

Beth Nolan

Julie Burrow

Julie Tsang

We are delighted to announce the 9 successful applicants of our LISTEN UP writing micro-commision: 


Hannah Sowerby

Julie Tsang

Assad Zaman

Julie Burrow

Richard Boggie

Jaz Craddock Jones

Elijah Young

James Piercy

Beth Nolan

Well done and keep a lookout over the winter season as the winners audio plays are released.


Note: We appreciate that categorizing/generalising is infuriating, we understand and champion everyone's individualism; yet felt using well known acronyms was the clearest way to say who we are looking to work with - we do not mean to offend or upset.


Artwork by Becky Musgrove

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 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 - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19


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

© 2019 Kerrin Tatman for Alphabetti Theatre

Registered charity no. 1166449

St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle, NE1 4HP

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