Introducing New Page, The Other Room's Open Submission Programme
Overview and Aims
Although we wish we could have shared our Summer Season with you in person, we are delighted to bring you some good news! The Other Room are proud to announce the launch of New Page - an open script submission project, the first of its kind in The Other Room’s history.
For two months, from 5th August to 4th October 2020, TOR will accept writing submissions from Welsh, Wales-trained, or Wales-based writers. Every submission will receive personalised feedback from our dedicated team of professional Readers, and after a careful selection process, a final handful will reach TOR’s Executive Team.
This project is about forging new creative partnerships and developing your skills as a writer. We want to discover unheard voices and build new relationships with people we haven’t worked with in the past. So whilst we welcome full-length submissions from established playwrights, we’re just as keen to hear from people who may have never written for stage before. If you don’t feel confident script-writing just yet, we’re equally happy to accept poems, short stories, dialogue extracts and anything else that demonstrates your talent and potential.
To this end, our newly appointed Community Engagement Officer will endeavour to source a minimum of 30% of the total script submissions, with the key aim to reach marginalised communities in Wales and people with protected characteristics. This 30% will be reflected in every stage of the process, from the initial submission intake to the final shortlist that reaches TOR’s Executive Team. We also want to stress that each piece of writing will be judged individually and in the context of its submission.
We are accepting scripts in English, Welsh and BSL, but we welcome works from learners across all three languages.
A bit about The Other Room’s artistic philosophy and policy. We programme ambitious modern drama that is thematically or formally daring; that embraces our small size and malleable space; and that asks profound questions on what it is to be human here and now. Plays with small casts are not only prefered but actively encouraged. We have a 90 minute maximum and a no interval policies; and we only stray from these policies in extraordinary cases when we feel it is absolutely necessary. We are an outward looking theatre that explores themes, questions and ideas of international importance, but we always strive to remember our roots. First and foremost we are in Cardiff City Centre to benefit the Welsh public so remembering the Welsh context when programming is important. Our Welsh identity is inherent in all that we do. Check out our full Production Archive to view the vast range of work we produce, curate, and present on our stage to get an insight into whether or not your play might fit.
With such an uncertain future ahead of us, unfortunately we cannot promise that this will be an outcome-based project, nor can we offer any payment for script submissions. In the hopes of developing talent and discovering new voices, however, ALL entries will receive personalised and detailed feedback from our team of Readers. To shortlisted writers, we make the following commitments:
You will benefit from a 1-1 session with TOR’s executive team
We envision this will be the start of a long-lasting, meaningful relationship with TOR
Wherever possible, TOR will aim to offer development opportunities in the future
If we in Wales are to champion ourselves as a nation of new-writing, more must be done to discover, support, and nurture new and existing storytellers. This is the central motivation behind the project, and we hope you’re as excited about it as we are. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
The Nitty Gritty
For this project, we can only accept a maximum of 100 submissions, and can only accept one submission per writer. Submissions NOT sourced by the Community Engagment Officer will be based on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate that there will be a high volume of entries, so would encourage submissions to be made as soon as possible. Also, as a pub theatre, unfortunately we cannot accept submissions from writers below the age of 18.
We will be accepting submissions from 5th August to 4th October 2020. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any submissions made after this date. There will be two rounds of reading before the final shortlist reaches TOR’s executive team. Here are some important dates:
Initial stage of script reading ends: writers who are not longlisted can expect feedback by this date
Second stage of script reading ends: writers who are not shortlisted can expect feedback by this date. A small handful of submissions will be forwarded onto the TOR Executive team.
Shortlisted Writers announced: shortlisted writers will be contacted on 30th October. 1-1 sessions with TOR’s executive team will be arranged on an individual basis with those writers.
We're proud to present our team of Script Readers who will be reviewing your New Page submissions!
Each of these 11 industry professionals brings with them a wealth of experience to the project, covering a huge range of specialist interest. Writers who submit to the programme will have their work read by one of these Readers and receive detailed and constructive feedback from them.
We're so pleased to be working with such an incredible team on New Page, and we hope you're just as excited as we are.
Introducing Ceriann Williams, Chelsey Gillard, Elise Davison, Izzy Rabey, Jac Ifan Moore, Jafar Iqbal, Jason Camilleri, Jonny Cotsen, Matthew Holmquist, Mathilde Lopez and Nicole May.
Click the link belkow to find out more:Meet the New Page Readers
How to submit
Please send submissions and a short bio (max 100 words) to Ben Clark (New Page Producer) at email@example.com, along with a completed Equal Opportunities Form (link below). If you have any questions ahead of your submission, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ben, who will be happy to discuss any details with you. Any conversations had before your script submission will not be considered in the decision making process.
We are especially interested in receiving submissions from people of colour, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled individuals, working class individuals and trans / non-binary individuals, and we welcome submissions from individuals who have not previously worked within the theatre industry.Equal Opportunities Form (Equal Opportunities Form (as WORD doc)) Equal Opportunities Form (as PDF)
This project was made possible through funding from the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Fund.