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503 Five 2017/2018

Are you an emerging writer looking for a launchpad?

Submissions are now closed for the 503Five Writers’ Residency Scheme. 

The 503Five is an 18 month residency that offers writers the opportunity to find their creative home at Theatre503, developing work and experiencing being at the heart of a new writing theatre.

The scheme is designed for writers who have already developed their craft to a high standard but are yet to be professionally produced by an acknowledged theatre and/or have extensive experience of the industry. We are defining a professional production as a 3 week run, paid opportunity.

503Five has supported the development of 15 writers since its beginning. We are proud to say that 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 have been nominated, shortlisted and won a variety of awards.

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.

We are committed to widening access and diversity at Theatre503 and finding new voices. We would actively encourage applicants from underepresented groups to apply. 

The 503Five residency will include