THEATRE503 SCRIPT SUBMISSION AND PROGRAMMING POLICY
We support the work and development of debut and emerging writers along with the artists who bring their words to life. We seek to discover stories in close conversation with our times, from voices we haven’t heard before, that helps us and our audience see the world anew.
We are interested in reading unproduced scripts from any writer who has not yet had a full-length play of more than 65 minutes produced professionally for at least 3-4 weeks in any theatre and/or with limited international credits where longer runs are not a part of another country’s ecology. We apply this criteria to all script submissions: Unsolicited, Playwriting Award, Rapid Write Response and the 503Five and is inclusive of translations.
We are very keen to encourage first time translators, but we are aware that a degree of experience may also help the realisation of the original writers script, so we are open to a wider pool of translation experience, as long as the original playwright fits the above criteria.
Please note that we are not able to consider adaptations or musicals. We are also not able to accept international submissions to our Unsolicited portal, but welcome them for our bi-ennial International Playwriting Award.
The same criteria applies to programming productions at Theatre503, in particular our 3-4- week productions. It is not uncommon for some proposals to have had a rehearsed reading/scratch night/work in progress performance, but it is less likely be able to be considered for production if it has had a short run already – unless a directly solicited transfer and/or part of a tour. Past success of a short run in another venue, particularly one in London, is not necessarily a guarantee of a successful run at 503 and in some cases has often counted against it, given the anticipated audience reach of a company has already been met.
We are unable to consider a programming submission if the script is being considered via our Unsolicited portal and/or as part of our International Playwriting Award at the same time. Please see guildelines for both these on the relevant pages. Equally if a script has been passed on by our literary team we are unlikely to be able to consider it for programming unless any redrafting substantially alters the script.
Ultimately our decision making comes down to the quality of the script and the story it is telling. We want to surprise, invigorate and entertain our audience, we celebrate bold theatricality, emotional connection and plays that provoke the mind.
In both iterations we also take into consideration how much having a show on at 503 will benefit the writer.
A NOTE FOR AGENTS
We are more than happy to read submissions and proposals sent by agents on behalf of their clients, through our Unsolicited script reading process. However, we will only accept submissions from individual writers for the Playwriting Award, 503Five and Rapid Write Response.
Lisa Spirling, Artistic Director