JUST WRITE - opportunities for theatre writers


Just Write is an exciting way for theatre writers in North East England to grow their skills, create quality theatre, and see their work produced on stage.

Started in January 2019 and supported by an initial 12 month grant from Arts Council England, in July 2021 we received 6 month grant from Arts Council England, our programmes will help early career writers take important steps in their careers. There will be opportunities that are constantly changing so please stay in touch.

Just Write is led by Ben Dickenson, Associate Literary Producer at Alphabetti Theatre and Child Friendly Newcastle Lead at Newcastle City Council.

Response Writing


Five writing competitions running from September 2021 to March 2022 - the winning script will be professionally produced, performed and get paid!

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 (Ben Dickenson, Mark Calvert, Paula Penman) 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 Arts Council England.

When is it?

There are 5 separate competitions:

1. In response to Pod by Arabella Arnott

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 3rd September 2021

The winning script will be performed on 14th - 16th September 2021

2. In response to hang by debbie tucker green

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 1st October 2021

The winning script will be performed on 12th - 14th October 2021

3. In response to 10 Things To Do In A Small Cumbrian Town by Hannah Sowerby

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 26th November 2021

The winning script will be performed on 7th - 9th December 2021

4. In response to Tree by Gary Kitching & Steve Byron

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 28th January 2022

The winning script will be performed on 8th - 10th February 2022

5. In response to No.9 by Anna Robinson

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 25th February 2022

The winning script will be performed on 8th - 10th March 2022

People, some standing, some sitting; in the bar area of Alphabetti theatre