The Plot is a group of later-career playwrights, hosted by Oxford Playhouse. Frustrated by the lack of writers’ groups for experienced playwrights, our members started their own.

They have been meeting informally since 2015 to develop our own voices and practice, and to support each other in an exchange of culture and community.

During the pandemic, with theatres closed and the industry on hold, our writers have explore what theatre is for, how it works, what it can do (better), and what comes next?

Variously supported by Paines Plough and the Young Vic, The Plot is now pleased to be partnering with Oxford Playhouse for the next 12 months.

The Plot Playwrights!

Rukhsana Ahmad (co-founder and former Artistic Director of Kali), Nicola Baldwin (George Devine and Time Out award winner), Clare Bayley (Fringe First and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2007 for The Container), Dipo Agboluaje (The Estate, New Nigerians, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane), Abi Bown (2005 Brian Way award winner), Neil D’Souza (Four Beats To The Bar, Westway, Small Miracle), Judith Johnson (facilitator with Separate Doors and Central), Sudha Bhuchar (award-winning playwright, performer and co-founder of Tamasha).

How Do I Get Involved?

The Plot advocates for writers to be at the helm of the creative process and to be in control of curating their own voices in conversation with communities and speaking to the concerns of today. Only by writers and artists provoking dialogue between content, form and context can institutions change and grow. They particularly welcome applications from later-career Oxford-based playwrights who identify as Black, Asian, MENA, Latin and all Global Majority Ethnic heritage to be part of The Plot at Oxford Playhouse.

If you are interested in developing new work and are willing to commit to 80% attendance for monthly meetings, for peer to peer feedback and creative exploration, please contact us.

Send an example of your work and tell us about a workshop you would be interested in leading for the rest of the group, to give us an idea of where your artistic interests lie to