Script Submissions

How to submit your script

If you’re based in the UK or Republic of Ireland and have written a full length play (60 minutes or longer) that you think we might be interested in producing, you can send it to us for consideration during one of our script submission windows.

Our script submission policy:

Our script submission window is currently closed.  Please continue to visit our website to find out more about when the next opportunity to submit a script will be.  We will only read scripts that are submitted during these windows. We accept scripts from all writers based in the UK and Republic of Ireland; scripts are especially welcome from playwrights from and/or living in the North East region of England. We do not accept submissions from writers based overseas.

What we’re looking for:

We are interested in imaginative, theatrical and surprising plays by writers who challenge existing perceptions of the world we live in and can engage the diverse audiences of the North East of England. Please don’t send us first drafts or incomplete plays – we want to read a script that best represents what you can do as a writer. Please don’t submit a script that we have previously considered unless you were specifically asked to send a further draft.

Before submitting something, please take a moment to look at the list of things we’re NOT looking for:

•Plays which have already been produced elsewhere

•Plays that focus on themes already covered in recent productions by the company


•Radio, television or film scripts




•Unfinished plays

We want to find writers who are as passionate about theatre as we are. Have a look at what we’ve produced previously; better still, come and see a show here to get a flavour of the work we programme.

How to submit a script:

•Only send one script per writer during each submission window

•Writers must be currently based in the UK or Republic of Ireland

•Your play must be full-length (60 minutes or longer)

•Please email a copy of your script as a word document or .pdf, along with a covering letter and brief biography to gez@live.org.uk during one of our script submission windows. (Please include your postcode and contact phone number in your covering letter)

•We only accept email submissions so please don’t post a hard copy of your script to us

We aim to respond within three calendar months of the submission window closing.

Things to note:

Unfortunately, we’re not able to give notes on work we are not intending to develop. If we like a play but don’t think it’s right for us, we’ll try to recommend other companies or producers who might be interested in it. We might offer you dramaturgical support, ask you to submit more work or give you a slot in our Live Lab programme, which is one of the key ways in which we develop new writers. 

We no longer run a script feedback service. However, there are other ways to engage with Live Theatre. You can register at www.beaplaywright.com or enrol in one of our Introduction to Playwriting courses.