StageWrite is a hot house for the development of new writing for theatre, and 2022 is its ninth year. We’re delighted to partner with The Place Theatre, the home of StageWrite since 2013
StageWrite returns in 2022
Our first StageWrite event of the year happened on 5th March, and we now have our next date: Sunday 18th September. Keep an eye out for when the submissions window opens!
What is StageWrite?
Running since 2013, StageWrite is now part of each artistic season at The Place Theatre in Bedford, and regularly brings you brand new plays as double bills over one evening. All the plays are performed script in hand to allow for a more developed experience than a rehearsed reading (where actors simply read the play out loud). Each is followed by a short Q&A session with the writer, director and actors – audience members have the chance to ask questions and give their opinion on what they’ve seen.
Previous StageWrite plays have gone on to be developed and performed as fully rehearsed, off-script productions: ‘Confetti’ by Tim Foley (2013); ‘Philadelphia’ by Jonathan Bousted (2014); ‘Intercourse’ by Jonathan Skinner (2015); ‘Failing At Failing’ by Serafina Cusack (2017); ‘Forty-Two Times Around The Sun’ by Chris Pike (2018) and ‘Little Shining Eyes’ by Poppy Hollman (2018).
Who is StageWrite?
StageWrite is a collaboration between Cally, Phil and Harriet, who run two Bedford-based theatre companies LifeBox Theatre Company and No Loss Productions They got together over a beer and decided that it would be a marvellous idea to add to the theatrical landscape of Bedford by supporting the production of new writing and working in partnership with local professionals.
StageWrite is designed as a platform for emerging and published writers to see their work up on its feet, in front of an audience and performed script-in-hand by professional actors. This allows the writer to gain multiple perspectives about their work so that they can develop it further based on the feedback of the actors, director and audience members. It’s also for audiences, giving them the experience of brand new material and the chance to say what they think about it.
What have people said about StageWrite?
Off West End award nominee, Andy Maddock, has submitted work to us at StageWrite and has performed his own work, The Me Plays (review here), at The Old Red Lion in London. He said, “Lifebox & No Loss got in touch with me in 2011 at a point where I was quite down on myself as a writer; the opportunities didn’t seem to be out there in a very saturated market in London and I submitted a script for StageWrite without much thought. When I discovered my play had been selected, it was a great motivator and really invigorated my passion for writing. Since the experience of my first StageWrite my career has gone from strength to strength. I found the courage to begin to send my script ‘Our Brave New Future’ to other theatres, and I have since worked with The Old Red Lion Theatre, including producing and performing my one man show ‘The Me Plays’ there. One stand out moment was seeing Phil and Harri from Lifebox in the audience one night, who came all the way down to London to support my work; it made me realise how much they care about theatre and supporting new artists and writers. I wouldn’t be achieving what I’m doing in theatre without the confidence the initial StageWrite gave me and I know it has that power to do the same over and over again with a whole set of new writers.”