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Manchester Theatre Showcase Writer Opportunities

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We are very pleased to announce that we are now open for script submissions for the Manchester Theatre Showcase 2014.

We have 6 great local, experienced directors (each operating their own theatre company) lined up to work with 6 emerging local Writers. Selections for the 3rd annual competition event will be made in March after the submission deadline, after which we and our Directors will get to work on transferring your play from words on a page to full life on the stage!

In May we will hold open auditions for the showcase to select the best actors for your play and we will work on developing a single scene from your play to showcase to a live, mixed industry-consumer audience who will vote on their favourite to win a full production with New Live Theatre. For the runner ups, we also promote your scripts to local companies who may wish to consider your script after the showcase.

If your play wins the showcase, you will receive a commission on ticket sales for the resultant production of your full play.

Last year was a fantastic, jam packed 2 night sell-out and we have high hopes of a repeat for this year’s event, which also comes with some extras.

More more information on the showcase, please see the MANCHESTER THEATRE SHOWCASE page. To maximise the potential of your script being selected, please make sure that you read and adhere to the Submission Rules!

If you are an Agent, Casting Director or Theatre Company wishing to attend the showcase in an official capacity, please email Paul Kenney (showcase founder & producer). Please NO EMAILS FROM ACTORS AT THIS STAGE, and Writers should email if you have any questions.

Submission Rules & Instructions: Please Click Here to View Submissions Rules

Submission Deadline: Friday 28th February Midnight.

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Showcase Evening Seeking Writers

Written by NewLiveTheatre on . Posted in Latest News, Press, Shows

Showcase Evening


All new writing, all new fun!

New Live Theatre Company will be holding a comedy play Showcase Evening in Manchester City Centre in August 2012 (date TBC).

As part of our ethos to provide a platform for aspiring local writers, New Live Theatre Company is searching for just THREE brand new short comedy plays to showcase at our first writing SHOWCASE EVENING taking place in August 2012!

During the evening we will be showcasing 5-15 minute scenes from some of our upcoming shows to an invited audience of industry professionals. We are searching for three very funny plays with real substance to be presented alongside our own previews. At the end of the evening, we will be asking the audience to vote on their favourite of the three plays by the external aspiring writers, and the winning play will be entered into our Manchester production schedule for a full length show early 2013!

The three plays accepted for the showcase evening will be fully cast, directed and produced by New Live Theatre Company. The selected Writers will be invited to a meeting where they will meet their director and have the opportunity to give their input. Writers will also be able to attend auditions to help select their show’s cast, and will be invited to attend a rehearsed reading which will take place before the showcase. This is a great opportunity for any aspiring Writers in the Manchester region, and best of all it won’t cost you a thing!

Applicants must be based in the Manchester or North West region and we are looking for Comedies and Comedy-Dramas with a max cast of 6.

DEADLINE: Friday, 8th June 5pm (Deadline now ENDED)
HOW TO SUBMIT: Email Script (extract is fine) in .pdf .docx .doc format to with brief biography of yourself and description of your play.


  • Introduction to New Live Theatre and the evening’s previews
  • Show Previews
  • Networking Opportunities between previews
  • Audience Votes & Announcement

Previews (extracts):

  • Spook Manor (working title), by Paul Kenney and Nicola Radin
  • In My Day, by Paul Kenney
  • Aspiring new Writers work TBC

If you are interested in entering or attending the event, please email for further details.



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