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Open Door for writers will re-open for applications in summer 2019

Open Door for Writers

Funding Collaboration Programme for Emerging Writers:

Work with us in 2019

We’re proud to announce our Open Door Funding Collaboration Programme for 2019. Now in its second year, Open Door exists to be just that, an open invitation for us to meet and work with new and exciting talent.

Application deadline: 11am Friday 10 August 2018

Are you:

  • A playwright looking for professional development and a step up the ladder?
  • In need of a production company to help you produce work so you can focus on writing?
  • Preparing to apply for an Arts Council England Project Grant?

We can assist you with your professional development  and share our team’s experience in producing, directing and dramaturgy while you are negotiating the ACE funding process. We are looking to build on our recent successes by collaborating with new writers to create bold and diverse work.

We strongly encourage writers who identify as BAME and/or LGBTQ+ to apply to partner with us.

Have a look at projects with other writers we’ve supported to get from page to stage.





Fats and Tanya

Fats and Tanya

The salon:collective is passionate about helping writers develop and reach bigger audiences.  Our writer development programme, salon:lab, continues to grow and attract new talent. Alex Clarke, one of the playwrights we worked with in our first salon:lab programme, called us ‘caffeine for the new writer’; this is exactly what we continue to strive to be. We want to form relationships with bold writers who have something compelling and relevant to say.

Our offer

After a selection process, we will shortlist writers we’d like to meet and arrange an initial meeting so that we can understand your future intentions for your play and your work. We’ll offer guidance on your next steps and discuss options for us being a creative and production partner in your ACE Project Grant application.

Thereafter, ongoing support would include:

  • script development
  • mentoring on production processes
  • support with staging a production or reading for audience feedback

Our time and advice during the application stage is entirely free of charge. You would then submit the application to Arts Council England. Our fee would be as agreed in the project budget. Following a successful Arts Council England grant award we would start work on the project in 2019.


  • Apply by 11am Friday 10 August 2018 using the form below
  • By end August 2018 we review and shortlist applications
  • Wednesday 19 September 2018: we will notify applicants we wish to meet
  • By end September 2018: meetings to take place with shortlisted applicants
  • October-November 2018: successful applicants draft and submit their ACE application with our support
  • January 2019: pre-production starts on successful ACE application

Diversity policy:

We believe theatre exists to broaden minds, expand horizons and sharpen perception. To do this, lesser heard voices need a space on stage. We are proud to have contributed to this in previous productions where we have redressed gender roles in Shakespeare (The Tempest), explored issues of domestic abuse and cross-cultural conflict (Fats and Tanya) and racial and gender prejudice (TRAILER/trash), and our current project (HOLD) looks at violent and controlling behaviour in a gay male relationship. We also have a play in development looking at issues surrounding Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Theatre consists of human stories, made accessible. We want to hear those lesser heard voices in all work we’re involved in, whether a play focuses on a specific issue or not. So, we’d love to hear from you, and hear what you’re passionate about so we can find ways to collaborate and create something new together.

How we assess potential partners

We will consider the following criteria:

  • Does your writing style inspire us creatively? (we’ll need a 10-page extract of your work)
  • Do you have something relevant to say that reflects our diversity policy?
  • Does your project take account of production constraints (cast size/budget/likelihood of receiving funding)?

Other considerations before you apply:

If you are new to Arts Council England Project Grants (grants under £15,000) we suggest you consider an application for Research and Development funding for a rehearsed reading or script-in-hand performance. A first application would be typically £5,000 – £10,000. If you’ve already received funding from Arts Council England, you may be looking for full production support, or  you may want us to provide script development or mentoring to support your development as an artist.  Any of these roles can be listed as part of an Arts Council funding application where working with partner organisations is viewed favourably as part of grant applications.

If we like your idea and application, we’ll meet to discuss how we can best partner with you on your ACE funding application. This will give you time to submit your funding application by the end of the year, and  make a second application if necessary and be ready for a production in 2019.

If this inspires you, please get in touch using the form below.

the salon:collective team helped me at every stage from developing drafts of the Fats and Tanya script with actors to planning a full Camden Fringe production - within six months of bringing Fats and Tanya to salon:lab I was able to see it on stage

Lucy GallagherPlaywright

If every development team were as inclusive as salon:lab I have no doubt we would see more and more important, different, diverse writing emerging in the UK

Alex ClarkePlaywright

the salon:collective helped me realise my passion for writing...it's a positive environment to get things wrong and to rejoice when it's right

Daniel BaileyActor and Writer

the salon:collective helped me find partners I don't think I'd have been able to attract on my own

Richard ChilverPlaywright

it's been a natural, organic process...a nurturing environment, there's no judgement

Mike EllistonPlaywright

Please use the form below to apply. Unfortunately we are not able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

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Now closed to applications

You will receive an automatic confirmation email once your application has been successfully submitted, please check your spam folder. Should you have any further questions on the application process, get in touch via our web contact form or email: hello@thesaloncollective.org