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Your Voice: North East - A call out to Writers/Theatre Makers!

At Live Theatre we are dedicated to discovering and celebrating writers and theatre artists in the North East. We are now launching an open call for ten-minute short plays that reflect the contemporary lived experience in the North East right now.

From this open call we will select seven plays and award a commission of £1000 to each of the seven successful writers or theatre artists. Live Theatre will also produce and present these plays as part of our autumn 2021 programme.

We are keen to expand our existing network of North East writers and theatre artists and hear from new voices from within our region. To help us discover those new voices we will only be accepting submissions from writers or theatre artists who have had no previous work professionally performed at Live Theatre.

Who is this for?

  • Writers or theatre artists based in the North East of England
  • Writers or theatre artists at any level of experience
  • Writers or theatre artist with no previous professional credit at Live Theatre

What we are looking for?

  • Plays that reflect the contemporary lived experience in the North East
  • Plays that are bold, diverse and theatrical
  • Plays that are original in content
  • Plays no longer then ten minutes (Approx. 10 pages)
  • Plays created by writers for actors or created by artists to be performed by themselves

What is the process?

  • Submissions are now open by filling in the submission form below
  • The deadline for submissions is Monday 7 June 2021 at 10am
  • Submissions will be read by Live Theatre’s creative team and seven plays will be selected
  • Successful applicants will receive a £1000 commission to develop their play - this play will then be produced by Live Theatre as part of our autumn programme 2021
  • Rehearsal and production is expected to take place in September 2021
  • All unsuccessful applicants will receive feedback on their submission

If you have any question, please contact us at

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  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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