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 A Little Bit About 

 The Programme 

We have witnessed how a little support can go a long way for writers who are at pivotal points in their careers. Being able to take some time to focus on writing instead of pulling pints can prevent a writer’s career from stalling. Some of the people we have supported at just the right time have gone on to work for major BBC television shows, Netflix, and the National Theatre.

Due to the current crisis, we believe artists will need help more than ever; otherwise we could risk losing many bold, brilliant, and exciting voices. To help during this difficult time our new artist support programme will release over £20,000 to support writers in the North of England. We are keen to support early career writers. By this we mean people who have already had at least one of their plays staged as a full-length production (60+ mins infront of a paying audience).

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What help is available to you through our new programme, and how to get involved.

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As a charity we share responsibility with other organisations to help get our industry back on its feet and stand in solidarity with freelance artists at this time of great uncertainty - we are therefore investing over 50% of our charitable reserves to deliver this programme.


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 want to get involved? 

We are using this as an opportunity to meet with writers so we can get to know them and their work better and to see if we might work well together in the future. If you want to get involved please send us a draft of a full play as an example of your work (please don't send us TV or Film scripts).


We are not asking for people to write something original for this submission window. Existing scripts- including ones submitted to other companies/venues/awards etc, are welcome. This will help us understand how we can best collaborate in the future/what support we can give.  

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We are looking to support writers who:

  • Were born, raised and/or live in the North of England

  • Have already completed at least one full-length professional production/commission (60+ mins)

  • Could work well with us as a company (please see our Artistic Policy for more info).

We particularly encourage playwrights whose identity is currently under-represented in theatre to apply. Particularly writers who might have less access to opportunities due to barriers such as class, disability, gender, or ethnicity.

Applications are now closed.

Every script will be read by Silent Uproar's small core team and script reading group, made up of associate artists.

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