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Hampstead Theatre announces new writing competition named Playstart

Story by Jack Foley

HAMPSTEAD Theatre has announced that The Mono Box, one of Hampstead’s new Associate Companies, has now opened submissions for their new writing initiative, Playstart. This marks Hampstead’s and The Mono Box’s first initiative of several for the autumn season.

Playstart offers four emerging writers and directors a platform to complete a 15-minute play with the support and mentorship of a professional playwright.

Each writer will be paired with a director and together these partnerships will receive free rehearsal space, facilities to cast actors, a producer and feedback from industry professionals to help them realise their work. The plays will each be performed twice at Hampstead Theatre in front of an audience in November.

This will be Playstart’s third year of infancy – last year, Oberon Books collectively published all four plays. With Hampstead Theatre’s support, it is hoped that this will be Playstart’s most successful year yet.

Both writers and directors can submit their proposals and CVs from today (September 3, 2019) and the deadline for applications is Friday, September 20. For more information, click here