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Alphabetti Theatre Presents 
Winning Response Piece to Imaginary Friends

Tue 2nd – Thurs 4th April 2024

Time: Straight after Imaginary Friends

Tickets: Free with a ticket to Imaginary Friends (booking essential)

Age Rec: 14+

Covid-19 Policy: We are no longer operating social distancing, and face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory–our policy is reviewed fortnightly

The winning script from our response writing competition to Imaginary Friends by Daniel Bye 

More information to follow on cast and creative team, but until then here is what the response competition is!

Started in January 2019 and supported by an initial 12 month grant from Arts Council England, our programmes will help early career writers take important steps in their careers. In 2023 we received a generous 24-month grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, that will allow us to operate our exciting Response programmes into 2025. There will be opportunities that are constantly changing so please stay in touch. This programme was established by Ben Dickenson, Associate Literary Producer at Alphabetti Theatre and Executive Director with Theatre Hullabaloo.

Response Writing


Who's it for? Anyone over the age of 16, you could be emerging or established. All plays will be read blind and judged by the merit of the play.

Is it paid? Yes! Each winning script will receive £500.

How does it work?

  • Come and watch one of the below plays during the first week of performance (Tuesday - Thursday). When you arrive at the box office, ask for a Writer's Pack. This will contain information about who you're writing for, cast, director, any other conditions of entry and information about how to submit your script.

  • You will then have until midnight that Friday to write a complete 15 minute play responding to any aspect of the production you've seen – what you write is up to you, but you’ll have to follow the instructions in the pack carefully to be considered.

  • Our Just Write creative team will read the submissions and select a winning script. Unfortunately, due to the amount of entries we are anticipating, we are unable to offer notes.

  • All successful applicants will be notified by the Sunday of that week.

  • The winning script goes into rehearsal for 1 week.

  • It will then be professionally performed in a double-bill with the production it is reacting to during the third and final week of the run (Tuesday - Thursday).​


This opportunity is supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

When is it?


In response to Imaginary Friends by Daniel Bye

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 22nd March 2024

The winning script will be performed 2nd – 4th April 2024

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