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

Fee: £100 per commission


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. Live with a physical or cognitive 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.  

How to apply: Please email programming@alphabettitheatre.co.uk 

Using the subject: LISTEN UP – {insert your name here}

Please include the following in the email:

  • A brief paragraph about you, why you applied for this commission and your contact details.

  • A maximum 300 word synopsis for your idea for your short audio drama.

  • a 5 page sample of your writing, that best represents you.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 12th July 2020.

Process: Once we have received all applications we will draw up a shortlist. We will contact

everyone who has applied. We will arrange a phone call to everyone on the shortlist to discuss their 

idea. From there we will select our final 9. We will then support you through the creation of your 

ten minute script, cast it, record it and produce it. 

If you have any queries about the process or would like some more information then please get 

touch with our Artistic Director - Ali on ali@alphabettitheatre.co.uk

Artwork by Becky Musgrove


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.

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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