Sunday, 25 July 2021

Theatre company in hunt for new writers

Theatre company in hunt for new writers

THE theatre company behind last year’s summer Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night in Henley is looking for new theatre writers.

In a bid to find them, Reading Between the Lines (RBL) is holding a writing competition open to anyone aged over 18.

A nationally acclaimed company whose successes last year included the new plays Henry I of England and Oscar Wilde on Trial, RBL runs a new writing night each year called “Find a Reading Writer”.

It was at the 2015 event that the company found Beth Flintoff — the writer of both Henry I and Oscar.

RBL was formed in 2012 by Dani and Toby Davies, who met whilst training as actors at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

The company aims to create theatre that is exciting and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds and to inspire pride in the history and culture of Reading, locally and nationally.

The winner of Find A Reading Writer 2017 will write one of four new short plays produced at Off the Block #6 — the annual event that engages over 30 professional theatre makers from around the UK.

For the competition, entrants will receive a cue from which they are asked to create a five-minute play.

All entries will be judged by RBL’s team and the winner will join the team for Off the Block #6, taking place on Friday, May 5, at 7.30pm.

If you would like to be considered for the competition, then please email RBL care of writers@ with a bit about yourself and a CV.

For tickets to Off the Block #6 taking place at South Street Arts Centre’s newly refurbished theatre, please visit

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