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503Five 2017/2018

503Five 2017/2018


Supported by the Richard Carne Trust

Five talented emerging writers were introduced as the next 503Five, Theatre503’s pioneering Writers’ Residency, at an event hosted by the company’s Chair, Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the theatre on Thursday 30 March.

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(Top row, l-r, with Theatre503’s Artistic Director, Lisa Spirling, and Chair, Erica Whyman) Aisha Zia, Christopher Hogg, Yasmin Joseph, Ross Willis and Mahad Ali (pictured below) were selected from over 450 applicants to become the 503Five. They will join Theatre503 for 18 months, benefitting from a seed commission, a series of masterclasses, an established industry mentor, the support of the 503 Literary Team and Artistic Director in honing their writing, and numerous opportunities to have work staged.


The 503Five writers’ residency scheme has now supported the development of 15 writers. The scheme has led to 7 full productions, 3 West End Transfers, 1 National Tour and numerous Latitude Festival and short play productions. Many of the writers have gone on to be staged at numerous venues nationally, to write for TV and Film, and have been nominated, shortlisted and won a variety of awards. Recent plaudits include an Olivier nomination for Jon Brittain, an Evening Standard award for Beth Steele and a Royal Television Award for Vinay Patel.

The 503Five alumni are Lou Ramsden, Richard Marsh, Beth Steel, Nimer Rashed, Rex Obano, Chris Urch, Charlene James, Jon Brittain, Gemma Langford, Brad Birch, Neasa O’Callaghan, Vinay Patel, Ella Greenhill, Brian Mullin, Chloe Todd Fordham.

Theatre503 Artistic Director – Lisa Spirling

“503 and I are thrilled to welcome these talented emerging writers in to the heart of the building. These five writers’ voices could not be more different, but all share skill, passion, fantastic ideas and the desire to fully realise their potential. We can’t wait to welcome them to 503 and for us to do all we can to enable and celebrate their brilliance.”

Theatre503 Chair, Erica Whyman

“The 503Five has quickly established itself as an essential part of British theatre, offering an unmatched opportunity to support fresh, untried and diverse voices, and to do that over a sustained period of time with real care for their individual development needs. This latest cohort are a thrilling choice, and I look forward to watching their work emerge.”