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Theatre Royal Haymarket (Photo: Peter Dazeley)

Theatre Royal Haymarket (Photo: Peter Dazeley)

Masterclass to showcase new playwrights in West End

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 9 August 2018

Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass) has selected the winning scripts from their ‘Pitch Your Play’ scheme, offering free tickets to staged readings of them at the venue.

Pitch Your Play is the annual Masterclass scheme which invites people aged 16-30 to pitch for the opportunity to stage a reading of a new, unpublished play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In addition, the three winning pitches will receive four weeks of admin support, marketing provision, rehearsal space, office space and creative guidance to hone their ideas at the West End venue.

Having received nearly 200 applications for the scheme, last week 6 teams were invited to pitch their plays to the 2018 panel, which comprised director Pooja Ghai, producer Vicky Graham and Masterclass’ Programmer Hazel Kerr.

Three winning playwrights have now been selected to have their shows performed in a professional rehearsed reading, on stage at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tickets to these rehearsed readings are free and open to all.

The winning shows and playwrights for 2018 are:

Penny’s From Huddersfield
by Wendy Dickinson from Wirral, Merseyside
Rehearsed reading: 2:30pm, Friday 28 September
See more information and book here.

Zombiegate
by Matthew Gabrielli from the West Midlands
Rehearsed reading: 2:30pm, Friday 26 October
See more information and book here.

Passing
by Indigo Griffiths from Uxbridge
Rehearsed reading: 2:30pm, Friday 23 November
See more information and book here.

Indigo Griffiths, Wendy Dickinson and Matthew Gabrielli

Indigo Griffiths, Wendy Dickinson and Matthew Gabrielli

Working closely with Masterclass, this is an exclusive education opportunity for the young playwrights to showcase their work in front of an audience of peers, industry professionals and the general theatre-going community.

Speaking about her experience of Pitch Your Play, Vicky Graham said: “It was a privilege to meet this year’s finalists of the Masterclass Pitch Your Play scheme. Coming from all corners of the UK, each of the six teams showed thrilling talent, vision and originality. I look forward to following the careers of all of the shortlisted artists, and to hearing the winning plays read on the Theatre Royal Haymarket stage in the autumn.”

Interested in becoming a playwright, or looking to break into the theatre industry? We have loads of information on our Inspiring Future Theatre hub.

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