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We are now accepting script submissions for Haddaway & Write!

Haddaway & Write will return in Jan-Feb 2024 in partnership with Gala Durham.

Funded by Arts Council England and Sunday for Sammy, the project will support up to 6 writers to develop short plays, with dramaturgical support from award-winning writer, Sarah Tarbit. The selected writers will take part in bespoke script development sessions. They will receive career support and have their plays professionally performed at Gala, with potential for scripts to be selected for future touring.


We are accepting submissions from North East writers at all levels of experience who will benefit from script development support and career mentoring. 


Selected writers will receive £500 to take part in this opportunity. 

Shortlisted writers will receive script feedback and access to a screenwriting workshop.



Applicants must be

Based in the North East of England

Aged 16+

Available on 27th January 2024

Available for two am or pm sessions 29/01/24 - 31/01/24 and 05/02/24 - 07/02/24

Script submissions must

Be 10-12 pages

Be a new, original play for stage that has not been produced

Have a maximum of 2 characters 

Respond to the theme of ‘hope’ - this can be interpreted as broadly and creatively as you like!

*Please do not include your name on your script*

All scripts will be reviewed anonymously so it is important that your name is not included anywhere on your script document.

The submission deadline is

12pm Friday 1st December


If you have any access requirements and need support with your application, please contact us at

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We are looking for two early-career theatre directors from the North East of England!


They will each direct three short plays for ‘Haddaway & Write’ as part of an exciting talent development programme.


‘Haddaway & Write’ champions talent from the region and improves access to theatre for local audiences and artists. Supported using public funding from Arts Council England and Sunday for Sammy, the project will run in partnership with Gala Durham in January - February 2024.

Applicants must be

Aged 18+ and based in the North East of England

Confident directing professional actors

Confident communicating with early career writers

Passionate about telling North East stories with North East voices

Available for all dates below


Full-team read through: 27th Jan 2024

Rehearsal week 1: 12/02/24 - 16/02/24

Rehearsal week 2: 19/02/24 - 24/02/24


Readthrough date: £150/day + Holiday Pay

Rehearsal weeks: £545/week +  Holiday Pay

Total per director: £1356.21

Selected applicants will be invited to a short informal zoom meeting on the 29th or 30th November

The submission deadline is

12pm Monday 27th November


If you have any access requirements and need support with your application, please contact us at

*This opportunity is now closed for submissions*


Whether you'd like to discuss a project, artist opportunities or give us feedback from a show, we'd love to hear from you!



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As a non-profit company, we raise funds to provide local talent with paid opportunities while removing financial barriers for our audiences. Any donations will greatly support our projects and running costs, enabling us to continue our work with disadvantaged and disengaged communities. 

Company Number: 11685787

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