VAULT New Writers Programme

Following the huge success of 2018’s VAULT New Writers Programme, our 8 week practical writing course has returned for VAULT Festival 2019.

The VAULT Festival New Writers Programme offers a total introduction to writing for stage in a non-patronising and inclusive course. We received 100s of applications from would-be playwrights and after careful consideration offered six lucky participants a place on the programme. The course will culminate in a special industry showcase in the last week of the festival where 10 minute extracts from pieces developed in the duration of the programme will be performed by professional actors for leading arts professionals. Click here to book tickets – sell out expected, so book soon!

New Writers Showcase

18:10 (60mins) | 17th Mar | The Vaults, Waterloo | Book Tickets

The VAULT Festival New Writers Programme is designed and developed by playwright and screenwriter Camilla Whitehill (Where Do Little Birds Go?, Mr Incredible, Freeman) in partnership with Gillian Greer, Head of Theatre for VAULT Festival 2019, and is proudly supported by leading theatre publishers and performing rights agents Nick Hern Books.

Meet The Winners

Sahra Ali

Sahra’s favourite piece of theatre was performed as part of a ‘Little Pieces of Gold’ showcase: ‘Do You Pray’ by Yasmin Joseph. She’s eager to gain access to the New Writers Programme playscript library, and wants her own writing to connect with an audience through the potent and immediate platform that the stage offers.

Ramsey Hassan

Ramsey wants to write the plays that he’s always wanted to see but that haven’t yet been staged; communicating stories, ideas and points of view absent in mainstream British theatre. He looks forward to meeting and working with other playwrights, as he’s the only one that he knows! The best plays he’s ever seen are Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘Chimerica’ and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’.

Elisabeth Lewerenz

Eager to soak up the theatre on offer at VAULT Festival, Elisabeth loves that the artform relies so heavily on empathy: people sit in a room, listen to a story, and leave understanding things a little better than they did before. A production of ‘Midsummer’ by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre at Edinburgh International Festival had her crying her eyes out… in a good way.

Matt Neubauer

Matt would live at VAULT Festival if he could. He likes the immediacy of theatre: audiences can’t press pause or fast forward and this gives playwrights responsibility (and power over) an audience’s emotional state. He’s got two favourite pieces of theatre: ‘4.48 Psychosis’ recently at the Lyric, and at the other end of the spectrum, ‘Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet’ as performed by David Carl.

Jenny Novitzky

Jenny’s wants her writing to jolt an audience into feeling something and can’t wait to be inspired by the creativity that happens in the strange hole underground that is VAULT Festival. Her favourite theatrical experience was being hugged by a clown whilst being shown a dead horse. It could only be Punchdrunk’s ‘The Drowned Man’

Esohe Uwadiae

Esohe believes that writing for the stage allows you to create work that is fluid and can be interpreted in a multitude of ways, even using the audience as part of the storytelling process. The best piece of theatre she has seen was the interactive time-hopping gig theatre show ‘All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’.

Further Information

“refreshingly accessible”

Exeuent Magazine, on last year’s VAULT New Writers Award

Proudly supported by leading theatre publishers and performing rights agents Nick Hern Books, The VAULT Festival New Writers Programme aims to engage those with a keen interest in writing for the stage but who may not know how to start; people from backgrounds that make it difficult for them to break into the creative industries; and those who have not had their voice heard.

We aim to provide an accessible, unpretentious and open-door route into writing for the stage; mentorship, support and industry exposure, through a respected programme and platform that encourages new writers who may not have had the opportunity to explore and realise their potential.

Weekly 3-hour weekend sessions will involve workshops and mentoring delivered by the team of industry professionals, guiding participants through the process of writing a 1-hour play. Each week guest practitioners including writers, agents, directors, producers, theatre publishers, dramaturgs and actors will deliver exclusive masterclasses designed to demystify the ways in which a creative team work together to achieve the end goal – getting a play from page to stage!

Access to an extensive play script library and an 8 week VAULT Festival Pass will allow successful applicants to immerse themselves in the world of theatrical writing, and benefit from weekly trips to see VAULT shows free of charge (with lively post-show discussions encouraged!), with the aim to introduce different ways of making work for the stage and to find what styles and genres appeal to them as individual artists.

At the end of the 8 weeks, a 10 minute extract of all plays developed under the programme will be cast, guest directed and rehearsed over the final week of the course, before being presented as part of an exciting industry showcase performance during the last weekend of VAULT Festival 2019.