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Translators & Directors ‘Speed Dating’ Event

Apply by signing up to our google form HERE!

At Theatre503 we are committed to international collaboration and to increasing the range of voices that reach our stages, whatever their language of origin.  We also believe that when a director or a translator loves a play, their passion and commitment can be key to driving the writer’s work through to finding a production, whether at our theatre or elsewhere. 

In this spirit, in April 2019, we invited a group of directors in search of new plays to meet a group of translators with translated plays looking for a stage.  In short, informal meetings, each was be able to talk about their work, share texts, and pitch ideas for new collaborations.

“In the speed dating with the translators, I had a chance to discover new worlds and cultures through the translators’ creative thinking and writing skills. Because they are translators as well as writers, they know very well how to bridge us and the worlds we encounter, and that was really inspiring and encouraging.”  Dadiow Lin, director and participant in 2019.

“This is a great opportunity for any translator who has some texts they’re sitting on and is not sure how to take the next step. It’s both a networking event […] and also a learning experience, a chance to talk to directors about what they’re looking for, what works, the challenges of staging translated plays.”  Tim Gutteridge, translator and participant in 2019.

On 28th January 7-9.30pm 2021  we will hold this event for a second time.  The ‘speed-dates’ will take place on Zoom, hosted by Steve Harper, Theatre503 Literary Manager, and William Gregory, translator of Cuzco (Theatre503, 2019) and Translator in Residence at the British Centre for Literary Translation. 

Directors and translators are invited to apply to take part in this free event by Wed 20th Jan and will be notified if they have got a position by Mon 25th Jan. To apply, please fill out our google form. If you have any questions please email

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