We seek, develop and commission the best rural stories by the most exciting artists.
We are dedicated to engaging with the amazing range of voices and expressions of the contemporary rural world. We have a brilliant team who read, respond and feed back on scripts and ideas from artists at all stages of their careers.
Who would we like to hear from?
We want to hear from you – from writers and theatre-makers from all backgrounds and skill levels. We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who are from rural backgrounds, or have an original story to tell about rural issues or the countryside. Currently, we can’t accept scripts or ideas from writers outside of the UK and Ireland.
How many ideas or plays can I send in?
We have limited resources and a small team, so we can only respond to one idea or script at a time. It can take up to 4 months for us to get back to you with feedback.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for current work which has something to say now. We want to see original imaginative ideas and thought processes, and a strong sense of craft and understanding of theatre as a form. We want to know what excites you, what you have to say, whether you are a writer or a theatre maker.
I have an idea for a show which is not a script – can I send it in to you?
Yes! Wed’ love to read proposals for shows which can be developed in a more multidisciplinary way. This idea can be a project you’d like to make with another artist, an event, a piece of contemporary music theatre, an installation, a site responsive project. We’d love to hear from you, especially if your idea is a response to the contemporary rural world, a project for village hall touring, or if your idea is something that you think we could help you to develop.
What should I be aware of when sending in my script or idea?
We tour work to village halls and studio theatres, to fields and forests nationally. Our maximum touring company is four performers. We would like to read scripts which are an example of your writing in case we’d like to begin a dialogue with you as a writer, and to give you some feedback on your work. But we can’t produce scripts with large casts, a lot of bad language, or a very urban theme. We do not produce work which has already had a production anywhere in the world. We can’t re-read scripts which we have already read. We are a flagship company for sustainable theatre so we only accept email submissions.
How to send us your SCRIPT:
How to send us your IDEA:
Submit your idea proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word IDEA in the title, in max 2 pages of A4 in Word or PDF format explaining: