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503Five Writers Residency

503Five 2019-20 (l-r) Annie Jenkins, Benedict Lombe, Joel Tan, Jon Berry, Zak Mahinfar

The 503Five is an 18 month residency supported by the Carne Trust and Orseis Trust offering writers the opportunity to find their creative home at Theatre503, develop work and experience being at the heart of a new writing theatre. This scheme is designed for writers who have  developed their craft to a high standard but are not yet professionally produced.

We define “professionally produced” as a full-length play of more than 65 minutes that has produced professionally for 3-4 weeks or more in any theatre.

The residency will offer writers a seed commission of £2,000, a series of masterclass workshops, peer to peer support, industry connections, R&D processes, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to have work staged.

Whilst this opportunity is open to writers across the UK, Theatre503 is based in South London the hope is that the participants would be willing and able to regularly be at Theatre503 throughout their time on the 503Five. A contribution towards expenses may be available for travel to London during the residency, which can be discussed once an offer has been made. 

The 503Five Alumi are: Aisha Zia, Beth Steel, Brad Birch , Brian Mullin, Charlene James, Chloe Todd Fordham, Chris Hogg, Chris Urch, Ella Greenhill, Gemma Langford, Jon Brittain, Lou Ramsden, Mahad Ali, Neasa O’Callaghan, Nimer Rashed, Rex Obano, Richard Marsh, Ross Willis, Vinay Patel and Yasmin Joseph

Applications for our 2021-22 cohort are now closed.

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