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How to Propose a Show

Calling all Writers and Directors!

Although Network Theatre is closed for the time being, we’re looking ahead to our future productions.

If you’re a director with a play you’d like to put on as part of our 2021 season, or a writer who’s been working on a piece for the stage, we’d love to hear from you.

We are currently accepting submissions for three categories:

1. VAULT Festival 2021

Network Theatre Company are looking to produce two one-hour shows as part of VAULT Festival 2021.  These can be new writing or existing plays. VAULT shows typically have a one-week, seven-show run in February/March.

Note that this application is separate to the main application process to put on shows at the VAULT Festival.  For more information about this process please visit https://vaultfestival.com/perform-with-us/

Network Theatre Company is operated entirely by volunteers. Successful submissions will be produced by the Company (with your involvement of course!) and all profits will go towards funding the running of our theatre.

2. Our Regular 2021 Season

Submissions for our regular season should be full-length shows of any genre.  The classics, modern writing, new writing, musicals – we’ll consider it all!

Regular season shows typically have a six-week rehearsal period and a one-week, four-show run.

3. A Festival of New Writing

This festival is currently scheduled for October 2020, but may be rescheduled as the situation with COVID-19 develops.

Submissions should be no more than 10 minutes in length and should loosely fit around the theme of ‘Survival’.

We are looking for around 8 pieces to be rehearsed over one week and performed in one night.

This festival is an excellent opportunity to test a new idea, or to try writing for the very first time.

Deadline for submissions

All new writing for the VAULT Festival and our 2021 season will need to be reviewed by our reading panel.  The deadline for these submissions is 31 July 2020.

Proposals to direct published plays as part of the VAULT Festival or our 2021 season do not need to go through the reading panel.  The deadline for these submissions is 31 August 2020.

Assuming the festival of new writing goes ahead in October, pieces should be submitted by 31 July 2020. If the new festival is postponed due to COVID-19, we will announce a change to the deadline.

How to apply

All new writing (whether for VAULT, our regular season, or the new writing festival) should be sent to readingpanel@networktheatre.org

To propose an existing play as part of the VAULT Festival or our 2021 season, please download NTC-Show-Proposal-Document and send the completed form to programme@networktheatre.org

A note on Creative Teams

Network Theatre Company is a membership-based community group who are the resident theatre company at Network Theatre. You do not have to be a member to propose a show but will have to join the Company prior to any production.  We welcome proposals from directors who have not worked with Network Theatre Company before and will help ensure that they are supported by other production team members (such as a producer or assistant director) who are familiar with the company.
All proposals must have a director attached at the proposal stage and, if accepted, a producer in place before the first read through.  Our shows operate a no pre-casting policy and we aim in our productions to provide opportunities for our members to get involved behind the scenes – in particular those who may want training in backstage roles.