Writer and script development

‘caffeine for new writers’ Alex Clarke

…and that’s what we aim to do: to give writers what they need to get their work out of bed, into the shower and out of the door. Because the entire process focuses on the writer’s priorities for their piece, we can help them decide if they need a blast of espresso or a soothing bowl of steamed milk.

If you have a draft script or work in progress that needs an outside eye or an MOT, get in touch via the form below to see how we can help. If you’re ready for a table read or a rehearsed reading for audience feedback, we can do that too. We can supply actors and a director or you can work with your existing team. We’ll talk to you about what you need, find an appropriate venue and work out a realistic budget.

Writer development is close to our heart, having worked with established writers, Sarah Rutherford, Park Theatre resident writer, Sarah Grochala, Headlong associate, and Clara Brennan, Soho Theatre resident. Park Theatre invited us to participate in their first new writing showcase, Script Accelerator. Invitations have also taken us to Hot Bed Festival, Cambridge and Bath Literature Festival and more recently with showings of Hold at Theatre503 and Lakeside Theatre Colchester.

We’ve been developing writers since 2011. In our first series of salon:lab development workshops, we helped 12 writers to get their work on its feet May 2013–June 2015 and those of all levels of experience benefitted. salon:lab is particularly suited to actors who would like to branch into writing and producing and has generated a Camden Fringe 2014 show for two of our actors. Then in 2015 the salon:collective produced Fats and Tanya by another salon:lab writer, Lucy Gallagher, at the Etcetera Theatre.

Our Open Door for Writers programme supports emerging writers on Arts Council England funding applications. Click the link for further info.

We continue to support our actors’ ambitions as writers: the salon:network runs writing workshops for actors who have trained with us, and produces the Monorogue company’s regular shows which are mostly new writing.

Click below for details of our development programme Open Door For Writers

Click below for details of current projects

The Wait by Richard Chilver

The Wait by Richard Chilver

English Breakfast by Kwabena-James Bailey

English Breakfast by Kwabena-James Bailey

Mansplaining Breast Cancer by Naomi Elster

Mansplaining Breast Cancer by Naomi Elster

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

Dominic is refreshingly open, direct and generous with his opinions of and approaches towards theatre-making. I sought his advice about directing a play I have written – advice very much taken on board.

David HarrowerPlaywright

Alex and Dominic are dedicated and passionate theatre makers. I would trust their advice on any play I was working on

Richard ChilverPlaywright

Click below for details of previous projects

Hold

Hold

The Echo Chamber

The Echo Chamber

My Name is Hunger

My Name is Hunger

TRAILER/trash

TRAILER/trash

Fats and Tanya

Fats and Tanya

Writer Development 2013-15

Writer Development 2013-15

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Playwriting Workshops – Meisner, Shakespeare, Voice and Physical Theatre