The three selected plays from our open submission window as part of our Wildcard Full House programme

    After months of reading, discussing, umm-ing and ah-ing, we are DELIGHTED to announce the three selected plays for our online play readings! We were overwhelmed by the response to our open submission window and by the quality of the plays! There are so many incredible writers out there but these three scripts caught our reader's eyes... We can't wait to share these rehearsed readings with you over Zoom as part of our Wildcard Full House Programme. Check out a bit about the selected plays and how to book your free place below! Then, put your feet up, and come and watch some of the most exciting new writing around.

      Things I Can Laugh About Now

    • Written by - Shakira Newton
    • Directed by - Tyrone Huntley

    Things I Can Laugh About Now is a one-person comedy about a 20-something mixed race girl who has navigated her way through her childhood traumas and domestic abusive relationship, using comedy to ease her through the tragedy. It covers themes of mental health, domestic violence and self discovery. The writer and performer, Shakira Newton, is about to enter her third and final year at drama school. She has also recently created a theatre company named Piece of Cake Theatre Company, which is dedicated to uplifting, celebrating and giving opportunities to Artists of Colour in the performing arts industry. POC Theatre Co (@POCTheatreco on Instagram and Twitter) have collaborated twice with the National Youth Theatre and will be doing a special showcase with East 15 Acting School around Easter time if COVID-19 restrictions allow. They have also done and IGTV project over the past month on their Instagram, where they have been posting self-tapes and movement pieces which have been submitted by some awesome ‘BAME’ talent. Shakira hopes to be able to keep doing more projects like this in future, as well as, devising and showing plays, not about being black or brown, but about black and brown people being.”

    Reading date: Friday 31st July at 7:30pm on Zoom



    • Written by - Jodie Garnish

    "We're like Bonnie & Clyde! Except poor. And unattractive."

    "And in Norfolk."

    "Yeah. But other than that, we're exactly like Bonnie & Clyde."

    When a chance meeting leads Joe and Mia to a petty crime spree across their rural village, they both see an opportunity to change their lives. But can they rise above their circumstances before their pasts catch up to them?

    Reading date: TBA


    • Written by - Julia Grogan

    Kiera, Zainab and Lucy are smart, hilarious and savvy. They've figured out that there are some things school sex ed lessons don't cover; now, away from prying eyes, they're going to find the answers. By turns funny and poignant, their experiences as they grow from girls into women shine a light on sex and sexuality. Informed by the rise in violence in mainstream pornography, Playfight fizzes with razor-sharp dialogue and vital questions.

    Reading date: TBA