Script Submissions

How to submit your script


If you’ve written a full length play (60 minutes or longer) that you think we might be interested in producing, you can send it to us for consideration. What we’re looking for is imaginative, theatrical and surprising plays by writers who challenge existing perceptions of the world we live in and can engage the diverse audiences of the North East of England. Please don’t send us first drafts or incomplete plays – we want to read a script that best represents what you can do as a writer. Before submitting something, please take a moment to look at the list of things we’re NOT looking for:

  • Plays which have already been produced elsewhere
  • Plays that focus on themes already covered in recent productions by the company
  • Pantomimes
  • Radio, television or film scripts
  • Adaptations
  • Bio-plays
  • Musicals
  • Unfinished plays

We want to find writers who are as passionate about theatre as we are. Have a look at what we’ve produced previously; better still, come and see a show here to get a flavour of the work we programme. Once you’ve sent in your play, it will be read by a member of the Literary Department and we aim to respond within four months.

Unfortunately, we’re not able to give notes on work we are not intending to develop. If we like a play but don’t think it’s right for us, we’ll try to recommend other companies or producers who might be interested in it. We might offer you dramaturgical support, ask you to submit more work or give you a slot in our Live Lab programme, which is one of the key ways in which we develop new writers.

To submit a play to Live Theatre please email a copy of your script as a word document or pdf along with a covering letter and brief biog to degna@live.org.uk.

We accept scripts from all writers based in the UK and Republic of Ireland, scripts are especially welcome from playwrights from and/or living in the north east region of England. We do not accept submissions from writers based overseas. We only accept email submissions; please don’t post your script to us.

Please note: we no longer run a script feedback service. However, there are other ways to engage with Live. You can register at www.beaplaywright.com or enrol in one of our Introduction to Playwriting courses.


A Celebration of the life and work of Julia Darling

Live Theatre is looking for ideas from writers for five specially commissioned 20 minute plays inspired by the work of Julia Darling to mark the tenth anniversary of Julia’s death. The project is an opportunity for the company to work with both emerging and established writers alongside a mix of young and experienced directors.

The plays will rehearse at Live Theatre during May 2015 and will be performed in the Main Theatre from Thursday 28 May to Saturday 6 June. The project will be curated by the Live Theatre creative team, overseen by Artistic Director Max Roberts.

We are looking for a varied, creative response to an aspect of Julia’s work. This can include the plays she wrote for Live Theatre - including The Last Post, Attachments, Venetia love Goes Netting and The Women Who Painted Ships or her poetry collections- including Sudden Collapses in Public Places - or her fiction - including Crocodile Soup and The Taxi Driver’s Daughter. These short pieces should be written with the following guidelines taken into consideration:

Each play should be up to twenty minutes long
The cast size for the plays in the project will be a maximum of five (three female and two male)
The fee for the commission will be £750
For further details about Julia and her work, please see her website.

In the first instance, writers should submit a couple of paragraphs outlining their idea to gez@live.org.uk and degna@live.org.uk. The initial deadline is Friday 9 January 2015 at 5pm. A decision about which ideas will be commissioned will be made by Friday 16 January 2015 at 5pm.