Emerging Writers’ Group

Our Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG) is entering 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.


Meet Nicole, Georgia, Dilan, Lydia, Jilly and Diyan. There’s so much to say about our new Emerging Writers’ Group that we’ve asked them to introduce themselves along with their favourite piece of writing

Nicole Acquah is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, working as a playwright, dramaturg and performer. Nicole was shortlisted for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Playwriting.


Georgia Green is a writer and theatre director from North London. She sometimes writes about reconciling her Ashkenazi Jewish heritage with her Britishness, sometimes about grief and sometimes about joy. She writes about people, their little victories and losses, to tell big stories about the world.


Dilan Raithatha graduated in Acting from the Arts University Bournemouth and after returning home to Leicester, decided to write his first full length script, Little India, which won the Masterclass Pitch Your Play Award. Dilan has also written a selection of monologues that will be published in Hear Me Now: Volume 2 in association with Tamasha Theatre.


Lydia Sabatini is a writer originally from Essex and now based in West London. She was shortlisted for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Playwriting and is studying for an MA in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


Jilly Sumsion is a Northern female writer from a working-class background. Jilly’s writing is inspired by real people, lesser-heard voices and her hometown of Barnsley. She is passionate about Disability rights and interested in Deaf culture especially the art of Sign Singing.


Diyan Zora is an Iraqi born London based theatre director and writer. She was the 2021 recipient of the Genesis Future Director’s Award at the Young Vic, where she directed Klippies by Jessica Sian.


EWG is possible thanks to the support of Wychwood Media