The Literary Department
Theatre503 is committed to being an open, writer-centric, new writing and ‘second look’ producing house. We have been producing ground breaking and award winning new writing as Theatre503 since 2007, and prior to that The Latchmere Theatre has had a long and established history within the theatrical landscape.
Theatre503’s Literary Department aims to have an open and efficient communication with writers at all stages of their careers. We receive up to 2000 scripts per year from both established and unknown playwrights. We treat all the work we receive with the utmost importance and aim to respond to all those who submit work.
We look to find, nurture and support writers from all ages and backgrounds. We offer a multitude of opportunities for new writers, for the most part stage focused, but also aim to support and develop writers in an individually tailored fashion, dependent on each writer’s requirements, the resources at our disposal, and at the theatre’s discretion.
The Literary Department works with a two-tier panel of experienced script-readers comprised of a broad spectrum of theatre practitioners.
Plays are initially assessed by two members of the Introductory Reader’s panel, before recommended work is passed to our Senior Reading panel. We aim to inform all writers as to the stage at which their work is in the system.
As a writer, the Literary Department should be seen as your first port of call for contact with the theatre. If you wish to stay informed of writer focused offers, initiatives and opportunities then we would advise signing up to our monthly Writer Newsletter, our Facebook page, or our Twitter account.
Literary Manager – Steve Harper
Literary Co-Ordinator – Graeme Thompson
Senior Readers - Catherine Edwards (Capital Theatre Festival Birmingham), Jimmy Osborne (Writer), Lauretta Barrow (Dramaturg), Chris Bridgeman (North West Playwrights)
Talking to us
If you are a writer, and want to be added to our writers’ mailing list, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a question or want to talk to one of the members of the Literary Department please email us at email@example.com
If you wish to submit a script please fill in the form on the website and upload your script as requested.
If you have a script attached to a production team that you would like Theatre503 to consider then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to invite us to a reading, a production of your work, or any other sort of related event, please email email@example.com
If you have sent your script to us before we temporarily closed to submissions in Dec 2012 and you have not heard about your play, please email us. We have been contacting all writers who have outstanding script submissions dating back to 2010, but there is always the possibility that we may have missed one. If so please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will aim to rectify the situation.
Keep informed about all activity of the Literary Department of Theatre503 by following us on Twitter and joining our Facebook page.