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We are accepting script submissions from North East writers...

Haddaway & Write is a new talent development scheme from Blowin’ A Hooley and Christopher Strain in partnership with The Exchange Theatre. Funded by Arts Council England, 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 receive career support and have their work professionally performed, 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. 





The submission deadline is

12pm Wednesday 24th August


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

Applicants must be

Based in the North East of England

Aged 16+

Available 12th September and one date 13th-15th September

Script submissions must

Be 10-15 pages 

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

Have a maximum of 2 characters 

Respond to the theme of ‘belonging’ - 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.





We are casting North East actors for a performance

of original short plays...

As part of our new talent development scheme, Haddaway & Write, we are casting actors to take part in a read-through, a week of rehearsals and a live performance, all at The Exchange Theatre in North Shields.

We are looking for actors at any stage of their career with a passion for performing original writing. 

Actors will be expected to play multiple roles across the selected short plays. 


We actively encourage applications from traditionally excluded and marginalised backgrounds.



To apply

Please send us a video recording of a short, character-driven scene or monologue of your choice.

We're looking for a naturalistic performance in your own accent.

Your piece should be no more than 2 minutes long. 

Please label your video using the title format YOURNAME_H&W.

Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link (and password, if required) to


In your email, please include your full name, contact details and your agent's details, if you have one.

Please include H&W CASTING in the subject.


Please do not send us downloadable files.

If this is your first time self-taping, we have some guidance on creating a self tape


The submission deadline is

12pm Sunday 28th August

All applicants will be notified by 31st August.

Selected applicants will be invited to an in-person audition at The Exchange Theatre, North Shields, on Saturday 3rd September. You will be given an individual time slot and sent sides to prepare in advance.


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

Applicants must be

Based in the North East of England

Aged 18+

Available for all dates


Auditions: Saturday 3rd September

Read-through: Monday 12th September

Rehearsals: Monday 26th – Friday 30th September

Performance: Friday 30th September, 7.30pm


Actors will be paid a fee of £675 plus holiday pay

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