Emerging Writers’ Group

Our Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG) is now in its seventh year with a new intake of six writers.

The EWG is an opportunity for the Bush to develop relationships with new playwrights who are at early stages in their careers.

Our aim is to support writers over a sustained period of time and help encourage work on a new full length play. The programme is an amazing way of bringing important new voices into UK theatre.

At the Bush we are committed to making our talent development programmes accessible and opening our doors to new writers.

We’re thrilled that all six of this year’s Emerging Writers’ Group come from our unsolicited submissions process, which is open to playwrights across the UK and Ireland. 

“The Bush are my theatre family. I submitted a script during their open calls for script submissions, and they invited me to join their Emerging Writers Group. This was an investment, in every sense of the word. From giving me the space to experiment and develop my craft – straight through to programming the world premiere of my debut play on their main stage. If you think it’s just another scheme, think again. And then send in your play – they really are rooting for you.”

Benedict Lombe, a previous EWG member, whose play Lava was produced at the Bush in 2021.


Check out this year’s cohort of writers, a bit more about who they are and discover their favourite piece of writing.

Find out more about 2021’s Emerging Writers’ Group here.


The Emerging Writers Group (EWG) is a really important part of the Bush’s talent development and is reflected within our programme. Last season saw two main house productions come from EWG alumni including Fair Play by Ella Road and Lava by Benedict Lombe.

For our 50th birthday season, we are proud to present four plays from EWG writers including House of Ife by Beru Tessema, Favour by Ambreen Razia, Invisible by Nikhil Parmar and Clutch by William Jackson.

The EWG is the kind of vital work which wouldn’t be possible to achieve without donations from Bush supporters and donors.

By supporting the Bush, your vital donation makes a real difference to our work. Celebrate 50 years of seeing the Bush discover new talent, champion unheard voices and push the boundaries by donating to our New Writing Fund.

To mark our 50th landmark, our generous trustees and special donors have agreed to double every donation we receive to the New Writing Fund.

Donate now.

EWG is possible thanks to the support of Wychwood Media