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Discovering and championing playwrights is at the heart of the Bush.
We receive more than 1,000 scripts per year and read every single one. Many writers started their careers by posting us a play, including Catherine Johnson, Samuel Adamson, Mark O'Rowe and Jack Thorne.
We direct all our energies towards producing the best playwrights at the Bush and beyond.
Our new Unsolicited Submissions Policy
Our new Unsolicited Submissions Policy will be seasonal, calling out for submissions twice a year for a window of 3 weeks. It will be open to playwrights, solo writer/ performers and companies who are developing new writing in the early stages of their careers, that are unrepresented (and that have had a maximum of one professional production of their work staged.) It will seek to discover original plays and projects that haven’t been produced nor developed before. Most importantly, it will look for playwrights and artists that the Bush Theatre wants to develop for the future.
Each strand of work will have an experienced artist leading the selection process. After each submission window a group of applicants will be selected to be mentored by a specific artist or company and invited to attend a weekend long workshop at the Bush Theatre. The workshop will be an opportunity to meet the other invited playwrights/ companies, share practice and ideas, provoke and in turn be provoked by a range of theatre making processes.
Following the workshop, a selected group of playwrights/ companies will be assigned a seed commission to develop further their submitted play or project, or to develop a new one from scratch.
The Bush Theatre commits to bring to full production at least one unsolicited submission per year in its main programme from 2014.
Submissions to our Current Unsolicited Submissions Policy closed on Friday 23rd November (2012). We are committed to responding to all the plays that were submitted to us by this date.
sending us a play
Currently we are not accepting Unsolicited Script Submissions.
Guidelines for our New Unsolicited Submissions Policy will go live here soon.
We think that the best way to 'develop' a playwright is by putting on their work. The Bush is a small theatre with a tiny and dedicated staff, so we can respond swiftly to programme a great play.
'Bushgreen,' our dedicated site for playwrights and plays, is currently offline for redevelopment.
Our new guidelines will be published here shortly.
Our new process will be published here shortly.