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Submissions now open for Autumn/Winter 2022

Submissions are open

Our spring/summer season starts soon, but we’re already planning our second half programme which will run from August to December. Our submissions window is now open, with a deadline of midnight at the end of Sunday 27 February.

If you’re keen to submit a play you’d like to direct, please email us as soon as possible and we’ll send you all the necessary information plus the form to complete. If you’re a playwright, please find a willing director to submit your original play with a vision for the production. Sorry, but we can’t accept plays we’d need to find someone to direct: our submissions process is director-led and we don’t have capacity to provide feedback on new writing.

We’d especially like to receive submissions from directors (or writers with directors on board) who represent our diverse community in south London, and we’re committed to redressing the balance with more plays by writers and directors of colour and other under-represented groups.

There are a few things we should flag before you get in touch. The first is that the play you choose should not have been performed at SLT for at least a decade (check the SLT Wiki here) and we would ask directors who have already directed since the second half of 2021 to please allow for others to come forward this time.

We already have plays scheduled with large casts so we’ll look more favourably on shows with smaller casts because of pressure on appropriate rehearsal space.

Applying for licences to perform can be challenging, especially with plays which rely on permissions coming from agents (often the case with new work) rather than publishers like Nick Hern or Concord. If you don’t already have a particular play in mind, it’s worth checking what’s available via publishers, and we’d always recommend you have a back-up plan in case your favourite isn’t available to us. The National Theatre bookshop is a great place to browse!

When submitting, bear in mind that the process for preparing a show is about 12 weeks from auditions to the end of the run so this may impact on your availability. To make best use of the rooms available at SLT, our rehearsals follow a standard pattern of Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday and Wednesday/Friday/Sunday so you must be available on one of these cycles for your rehearsal period.

We’ll be considering submissions throughout March with a view to announcing the season before the end of April. If the timing isn’t quite right for you this time around, there will be an opportunity to submit for 2023 in the summer.

One final caveat – and you could see this coming – but all our plans will be subject to Covid-related events, restrictions and regulations. Let’s keep everything crossed that we don’t have to worry about that. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Email theatrecommittee@southlondontheatre.co.uk to express your interest in submitting or to ask any questions. This won’t commit you to anything.

Deadline for submissions is 27 February 2022.

Cal, Jo & Will

SLT Theatre Committee