Live Lab

Live Lab New Image [rebrand 2015]

Live Lab is an innovative and vital part of Live Theatre's new writing programme offering a forum for theatre practitioners to try out new material and gain insightful feedback, opening a dialogue between the people who watch work and those that make it. 

Through Live Lab we hope to find and unlock new talent by providing development opportunities that are accessible and open to all. In 2015 we re-launched our Live Lab programme providing more opportunities for writers, comedians and theatre makers to get involved. 

Current Live Lab programme and opportunities 

Become A Playwright
Free Introductory Course
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May 2017 10am-5pm

Live Theatre is committed to nurturing new writers as well as writers who are keen to convert their existing writing skills to the stage.  This weekend course is led by Live Theatre's Literary Manager and covers key elements of playwriting including narrative development, theatrical development, character progression and structure.

Recent course graduates Paddy Campbell (Wet House), Nina Berry (The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes) and Alison Carr (Iris) have all had work produced on Live Theatre's stages.

Places are free, limited and allocated via an application process.

Application closing date: Sunday 2 April 2017

Successful applicants notified: Sunday 7 April 2017

How to apply:

Please submit a brief synopsis of an original stage play to gez@live.org.uk

The synopsis can be from a stage play you have already written, one you are currently writing or one you would like to write. The synopsis should be no more than 250 words long. If you’ve never written a synopsis before don’t be put off, all you need to do is break your idea down into three brief paragraphs:

  • The first paragraph deals with what happens at the beginning of your play
  • The second paragraph deals with what happens in the middle of your play
  • The third paragraph deals with what happens at the end of your play

As well as your synopsis we’d also like to know a little bit about you…

  • What (if anything) have you written before?
  • What do you want to write about?
  • What do you hope to get from completing the course?
  • What is your favourite play; why do you like it?

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all experience levels and backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals as these groups are currently underrepresented on our course. Whether your're completely new to writing or just new to writing for the stage, this course will ignite your passion for playwriting.

Feedback from previous course member

'I just wanted to say thank you for the support and guidance that your theatre provided for me to grow as a writer. You made it seem possible to succeed. I submitted my play The Joy of Herding Cats to BBC Writers Room. This was the play I worked on while attending the playwriting group. Well, I have just received an e-mail to say that it has made the top 5% and will be progress to a full reading. Again, thank you, without your encouragement and guidance, I would have never submitted this play.' 

Sharon Zucker, member of the Introduction to Playwriting course in 2012 


Who we are:

Live Theatre's LIterary Team

Gez Casey Literary Manager
Graeme Thompson Creative Producer

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